If you want to know why I respect my state’s senior Senator, Dianne Feinstein, while regularly disagreeing with her on any number of issues, just take a gander at this headline: Feinstein slams Obama CIA head pick. This responsible Democrat has taken issue with the president-elect of her own party for tapping a political hack to head the CIA.
Feinstein, the incoming chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said in a statement:
I was not informed about the selection of Leon Panetta to be the CIA Director. I know nothing about this, other than what I’ve read. . . . My position has consistently been that I believe the Agency is best-served by having an intelligence professional in charge at this time.
Shouldn’t the president-elect have consulted with the leading Senate Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee before selecting someone to head the CIA?
Unlike her junior colleague, the former San Francisco Mayor does not walk in lockstep with her party’s leadership and understands that Republicans are political adversaries, not mortal enemies. She often works with Republicans on key issues, even when her party leadership favors obstruction. And as this statement shows, takes issue with her party when she thinks its leaders have proposed bad policies or otherwise blundered.
H/t: Jennifer Rubin who offers a great critique of the Panetta appointment.
Apology for the slow blogging. Had hoped to be back up to speed today, but had to run a number of errands, plus I have two nieces and two nephews celebrating birthdays, requiring trips to toy stores and jewelry shops (the step-PatriotNieceWest just had her ears pierced . . . .).
UPDATE:Â Might Feinstein oppose his nomination in committee and on the Senate floor?