April 7, 2009

Tammy Duckworth

I'm truly sorry I have updated this blog so infrequently, and that I have likewise fallen behind in reading the blogs of people I like.

But I still have time to be annoyed.

Take the recent nomination of Tammy Duckworth to run the Veteran's Affairs Department. This injured Iraq War pilot would seem a good fit for Veteran's Affairs. She's got experience, having run the Illinois Dept. of Veteran's Affairs. She's sacrificed for her country, and has a perspective that would seem only to help her in performing her duties.

But North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr is holding up the nomination. Further, he has (as of the moment) failed to respond to efforts to get him to comment on his reasons.

This heroic veteran who gave both her legs and more in the service of her country deserves better than that. I have no problem with due diligence, but what questions does Senator Burr have for the president on this, and why is he so tight-lipped about them? Is this simply more evidence of a Republican attitude of all obstruction all the time? If Burr is using Ms. Duckworth's appointment as a political opportunity, what is it he hopes to gain?

If Republicans can't agree with Democrats to move forward on the appointment of a decorated Iraq War veteran to head Veteran's Affairs, what use is there in reaching out to Republicans congressmen and senators?

Posted by James at April 7, 2009 12:29 PM
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It appears that Senator Burr is a prick.

http://www.vawatchdog.org/09/nf09/nfapr09/nf040309-8.htm

Posted by: Patti M. at April 8, 2009 8:39 AM

Thanks for the link. What a major league asshat.

It's clear that Burr figures there are no political ramifications of his holding up of this nomination. It won't become a national story that will have any effect on the 2010 congressional elections and I guess he figures his constituency has a short memory or doesn't care.

Posted by: James at April 8, 2009 8:50 AM

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