The prospects for Dawn Johnsen’s confirmation as head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel took a hit last night. When Arlen (“Worse than SMERSH”) Specter had said he would support Johnsen, whom he had previously opposed, it appeared that Johnsen might have the necessary 60 votes. But once Brown takes his seat, she will probably max out at 59.
I say this knowing full well that Brown will not invariably vote with Republicans. In fact, if he serves long enough, he might one day be considered a RINO. But Brown is rock solid on treating terrorists like terrorists, rather than heaping rights on them. And Johnsen’s nomination stalled precisely because she has been at the forefront of the movement to heap rights on terrorists.
So Johnsen may well be available to teach law and gender courses at Indiana University Law School for a good while.
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