Sunday, February 07, 2010

Confirmation Hopes Fading for Dawn Johnsen, Radical Pro-Abort Obama Pick

By Peter J. Smith

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 5, 2010 ( – After one year of waiting, Dawn Johnsen, Obama’s radical pro-abortion nominee to head the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), has seen her chances for Senate confirmation delayed once again. The Senate Judiciary Committee decided on Thursday that they had run out of time to consider her selection and agreed to postpone a vote to a later date.

In fact, the sun may be setting altogether on Johnsen’s confirmation hopes, as Senate Republicans have expressed their opposition, and the seating of Massachusetts GOP Sen. Scott Brown brings the word “filibuster” back into the GOP lexicon.

The Senate Judiciary Committee postponed the vote to next Thursday citing time constraints, and moved Johnsen’s nomination to the top of the agenda for when they reconvene.

Johnsen’s nomination moved out of the Senate Judiciary Committee in March 2009, but the Senate failed to act on her nomination before concluding its session on December 24. Obama again nominated Johnsen to head the OLC on January 20, 2010.

But delay gives more time for pro-life advocates to rally political pressure on senators to oppose the nomination through filibuster. The arrival of Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) to the Senate may be the 41st vote that Republicans and Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska need to keep her confirmation at bay. Brown describes himself as moderately “pro-choice,” while Johnsen has embraced legal opinions that put her on the extreme edge even of the abortion movement. Full story.

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