Jane Harman (D-CA) passed over for Panetta aka Revenge of Pelosi….the Botoxed leading the Blind…


Panetta’s qualifications as presented by Teh One loving AP:

The former eight-term congressman from California has had plenty experience in overseeing all aspects of the federal bureaucracy as a former chairman of the House Budget Committee, as budget director and then chief of staff for President Bill Clinton; and more recently as a member of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group.

This should have gone to Jane Harman. This is the botoxed leading the blind now…

Rep. Harman and DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff

Rep. Harman and DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff

Really, really, really sad that PEBO let Pelosi keep Harman out of this role. Perhaps Nancy is miffed that she ranks 6th behind Harman at no. 1 of wealthiest members of Congress…

In the House of Representatives, Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., ranks No. 1, with $397 million, followed by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., with $343 million. Rep Robin Hayes, R-N.C., ranks third, with $173.4 million. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., ranks sixth, with $62 million.

Pelosi has already blocked Harman from what would be the natural evolution of her role in Congress, becoming head of the Intelligence Committee…

Harman has the chops for CIA Chief. Leon Panetta SO does not..

Even the GOP members of the House endorsed Harman for the job, from Human Events:

Despite obvious differences on issues, Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R.-Mi) told us, “Jane is excellent on intelligence issues and you’ll recall that she was removed from the Intelligence Committee because she refused to dance to Nancy Pelosi’s tune.”  Hoekstra added that he made the recommendation of Harman in a telephone call to incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel.

Harman (lifetime American Conservative Union rating:  28%) has compiled a liberal record after seven terms in the House.  But when it comes to national security, she has said “I live and breathe security 24-7.”  The Californian supported giving authority to the national intelligence director and unifying intelligence resources.  She also has been a consistent supporter of the U.S. action in Iraq.

“Her bipartisanship and pragmatism occasionally rankled other Democrats on the committee,” concluded the Almanac of American Politics, noting Harman’s close collaboration with Hoekstra on security issues and with other Republicans such as fellow Californian Dan Lungren on cargo-container screening. In ’06, with Pelosi calling the shots, Harman was passed over for the Intelligence Committee chairmanship in favor of the more partisan Rep. Sylvestre Reyes (D-Tx).

NY Observer)

(Leon Panetta:NY Observer)

Not everyone is thrilled with this out of left field, inexperienced pick. From AP:

Fellow Californian Sen. Dianne Feinstein, set to chair the Select Committee on Intelligence, indicated that the choice caught her off guard.

“I know nothing about this other than what I read. My position has consistently been that I believe the agency is best served by having an intelligence professional in charge at this time,” she said in a statement.

If confirmed by the Senate, Panetta will take over at a trying time for the spy agency, tarnished by infighting and by intelligence failures in the run-up to the war in Iraq.

Also, the CIA chief no longer reports directly to the president but to the relatively new post of director of national intelligence. Obama has selected Retired Adm. Dennis Blair to head that post.

And what totally bogus BS excuse did they give for Jane Harman being passed over? Refusing to admit it was Pelosi’s personal animus toward Senator Harmon, they trotted out this gem via Washington Monthly:

And what about Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), the former senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee? Apparently, she was considered but was ruled out due to her early support for Bush’s warrantless-search program.

They all voted for that GD program, even PEBO, WTF??? This is IMO a clusterfrak….

I am so so sick of inexperienced sycophantic nepotistic picks, this Senate appointment thing with Caroline ‘you know’ Kennedy has made me ill and now this in ***national security***, I had hope after HRC was appointed SoS, that PEBO would go beyond personal, but he let Pelosi run the table on this one and it stinks…

Look at Jane Harman’s bio and tell me Panetta was the better pick for HEAD OF CIA:

In 2006, Harman completed eight years of service on the House Intelligence Committee – the final four as Ranking Member – where she helped shape Congress’ policy response to the 9/11 attacks and played a lead role in the creation and passage of the Intelligence Reform Act of 2004.

Now in her seventh term, Harman continues that policy focus as Chair of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence & Terrorism Risk Assessment.  She is also a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, where she sits on the Telecommunications & the Internet and Energy & Air Quality Subcommittees.

and for liberal bona fides to meet with the wrath of those who opposed Brennan, she has these to give her credit also:

Harman’s role as an environmental leader was cemented with the passage of the 2007 Energy Act, which included her landmark lighting efficiency provisions to phase-out the wasteful 100-watt incandescent bulb by 2012, and require all light bulbs to be at least three times more efficient than today’s by 2020.

Her life-long commitment to progressive issues is reflected in her record on a woman’s right to choose, on issues of interest to the gay and lesbian community, seniors and veterans, and has earned her top ratings from advocacy groups including Planned Parenthood, the Human Rights Campaign, and the California League of Conservation Voters.

A product of Los Angeles public schools, Harman is a graduate of Smith College and Harvard Law School.  Prior to serving in Congress, she was a top aide in the United States Senate, Deputy Cabinet Secretary to President Jimmy Carter, Special Counsel to the Department of Defense, and in private law practice.  Married for almost three decades to Sidney Harman, founder and Chairman of Harman International Industries, she has four adult children and three grandchildren.

January 5, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Cabinet, DHS, Economy, NAVY, Obama Administration, Politics, Terrorism.


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