Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid offered cutting remarks this week, criticizing unnamed senators who are obstructing President Obama's confirmation-level nominees. In that speech, Reid failed to specifically note the nomination of Dawn Johnsen to lead the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), however, raising eyebrows at some progressive organizations calling for her confirmation.
"Nearly 40 organizations have called on Reid to schedule a vote on Dawn Johnsen," reports The Hill this morning. "Several members of this coalition are frustrated that Johnsen's nomination has languished in the Senate for nearly eight months despite Democrats' control of 60 seats."
Johnsen has drawn criticism from some chambers for her dedication to reproductive rights and for being among the first and most outspoken critics of the Bush torture program. Glenn Greenwald, characteristically tongue-in-cheek, frames the discussion another way: "Dawn Johnsen's belief in the rule of law disqualifies her from Senate confirmation."