Monday, March 16, 2009
Hmm. If an NYT
editorial did in Tom Daschle as Health and Human Services secretary, did
an Investor's Business Daily
do in Thomas Saenz, the former Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund attorney who was reportedly in line
to become head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights division? Saenz seems to have been Zinnied
--unselected at the last minute--and, according to his friend, L.A. supervisor Gloria Molina
"It was a political decision from the White House, because of Tom's work on immigration rights" ....
Saenz helped hammer out the creepy liberal lawyers' conspiracy deal that wiped Prop. 187 , which for good or ill was passed by California voters, off the books. (Prop. 187 would have barred illegals from receiving many government services.). I'm certainly glad that White House didn't pick Saenz as place to draw the line and not let appearances govern whom it gets to appoint. One wonders, as usual with this White House, whether appearances are all it is sensitive to. Mark Krikorian reports that Saenz's replacement, Maryland labor secretary Tom Perez , is a former president of the board of that state's "premier pro-illegal-immigration advocacy group." ... P.S.: If strident advocacy on behalf of illegals got Saenz Zinnied, what got Zinni Zinnied? In retrospect, maybe Zinni should ask Chas Freeman! Just a thought. ... 7:44 P.M.