Farewell, Big Sis, Plus Open Thread

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Wingnuts will soon have to find another target for their misogyny, paranoia and homophobia:

Janet Napolitano, the secretary of homeland security, announced Friday that she was stepping down, setting off a search to fill one of the most challenging positions in government at a time when the Obama administration is struggling to get a team in place for the president’s second term.

The vacancy sets the stage for another confirmation fight as Republicans continue their efforts to nullify the last two presidential elections. There’s no word yet on whom the president will nominate, but WaPo put together a speculative list, including:

[Joe] Lieberman makes sense as DHS secretary for one pretty obvious reason: He created the department. Lieberman, as chair of the committee that is now referred to as the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, drafted the bill that created DHS shortly after Sept. 11, 2001. He also recently retired from the Senate, meaning he’s a free agent. But his tendency to give his Democratic colleagues heartburn be a spiteful, war-mongering Republican dick may not make him an ideal fit. [Edited for accuracy]

No, no, a thousand, million, kajillion, ding-dong-dillion times, no. Jenny Durkan (profiled in that same WaPo article) sounds qualified, and since she’s an out lesbian, her candidacy would have the added benefit of triggering even more Lesbocalypse fears among the right-wing assholes who have spent the last five years absurdly imagining that the innocuous Ms. Napolitano was rifling through their underwear drawer and monitoring activities at the Moose lodge.

But perhaps the best outcome—and most fitting monument to Lieberman’s work in the Senate—would be to abolish the Department of Homeland Security altogether, break it up into its component parts. Like so much that is wrong with this country, it’s a remnant of post-9/11 hysteria.

Or we could at least change the name, which, as Peggy Noonan pointed out in a rare moment of clarity, is “vaguely Teutonic.” What shall we call it? Please feel free to discuss other topics too—open threadage.

[X-posted at Balloon Juice]

Posted by Betty Cracker on 07/13/13 at 08:50 AM • Permalink

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Wingnuts will soon have to find another target for their misogyny, paranoia and homophobia

Not that this is much of a challenge. I imagine they’ve got them lined up around the block - which is a challenge of a different kind; it’s always fun to watch them flop around, fish-on-the-riverbank style, until Rush gives them their marching orders and they settle on one.

Dept of Ding-Dong-Dillion! BC, you never fail to crack me up.

But perhaps the best outcome—and most fitting monument to Lieberman’s work in the Senate—would be to abolish the Department of Homeland Security altogether, break it up into its component parts. Like so much that is wrong with this country, it’s a remnant of post-9/11 hysteria.

Yes, yes, a thousand times yes!

Or we could at least change the name, which, as Peggy Noonan pointed out in a rare moment of clarity, is “vaguely Teutonic.” What shall we call it?

In snark mode, I’d call it “Bureau of Fear and Fraud”.  If I had to seriously rebrand it, I’d suggest “Domestic Defense”.

Homeland Security was pretty much just a way to dismantle union and whistleblower protections anyway, right?

Oh, Betty, OT, but Tunch was killed tonight!

I cried like a baby. John is devastated.

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