GOP Senators vs. the Transportation Security Administration
Shorter GOP: there has never been a more important time than the aftermath of a failed terrorist attack on an airplane to ensure the Transportation Security Administration doesn’t have a leader.
Apparently someone told Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) that it’s bad optics to keep a hold on Errol Southers, the TSA administrator-designate, because of DeMint’s hostility to organized labor. So now they’re turning to a more legitimate basis for the hold: Southers’ inconsistent answers about the time in the late 1980s when he inappropriately accessed a federal database to spy on the man his wife cheated on him with. Southers, a former FBI agent, both alerted the Senate to his inconsistencies and called them “inadvertent.” He clearly needs to explain further.
But are we to believe the GOP is actually concerned that the TSA chief might be inappropriately aggressive in violating terror suspects’ privacy? That this is something the Republicans in the Senate, who lined up behind the Bush administration’s warrantless surveillance programs, ever cared about? And let’s be real: are they not going to cut some slack to a guy who abused his power one time to *spy on his wife’s boyfriend? *Whatever happened to the defense of marriage!
Still, watch the Democrats miss an opportunity to nail the GOP for putting hostility to working Americans ahead of national security.