Wednesday, December 30, 2009

GOP Senator sacrifices America's safety (and GOP credibility) on the altar of his anti-worker ideology

Lost in the cacophony of the Republican echo chamber's clamor for Janet Napolitano's resignation (over something she didn't have any control of) is their total silence regarding one of their own (over something he has absolute control of - his own actions).

From the Washington Post -
Republican senator DeMint holds up nomination for TSA chief

An alleged attempt to blow up a transatlantic flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas would be all-consuming for the administrator of the Transportation Security Administration -- if there were one.

Instead, the post remains vacant because Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has held up President Obama's nominee in an effort to prevent TSA workers from joining a labor union.

DeMint, in a statement, said Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's alleged attempted attack in Detroit "is a perfect example of why the Obama administration should not unionize the TSA."'s OK to criticize the Secretary of Homeland Security for failures that took place outside of her control in a system that was set up by Republicans, all because she is a Democrat and a woman, but a "good ol' boy" Republican gets a free pass on something that he specifically chose to do that creates a disruption in the aforementioned system and endangers Americans?

It's obvious that even though they are in the minority, the principle of IOKIYAR remains one of the GOP's guiding lights.

I wonder if any conservative pundits have checked with the people of South Carolina to find out if they sent DeMint to D.C. to make sure America isn't safe from foreign terrorists but is safe from unionized American workers?

If the GOP wants to show that they have America's safety at heart, they'll call for Jim DeMint's resignation as loudly as they call for Secretary Napolitano's.

They won't though - DeMint is hardly the only good ol' boy in the GOP.

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