By “Pintface” Pete Bogs/BogsBlog
Dawn Johnson will never head the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel. President Obama’s nominee buckled after months of heat from Republicants, who objected to her criticizing the OLC for issuing memos permitting torture of terror suspects under the Bush administration.
Prominent religious cult member Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) called John Yoo and Jay Bybee, the authors of those contentious memos, "very excellent people." Gnarly, dude!
Johnson is presumably not an excellent person because she puts ethics and the rule of law ahead of fear-based, reactionary politics. The “family values” Republicant Party couldn’t risk having such a wussy in that critical office.
Obama disappointed many by giving Bush's criminals a free pass, saying he preferred to “look forward” (without explaining how this would prevent criminality within his own and future administrations). It’s time for him to exercise some political capital (backbone, testicles, what have you) and pursue charges against those officials unless he’s allowed to bring principled people into his own administration.