July 13, 2013
ROLL CALL: The First Post-Nuclear Cabinet Appointment?
President Barack Obama could probably nominate anyone he wants to be the next Homeland Security secretary, assuming there are no ethical or legal issues.
That’s because Janet Napolitano’s successor at the Department of Homeland Security could be the first Cabinet choice to be nominated in a Senate without the risk of a filibuster — or maybe even a procedural hold, assuming Senate Democrats deploy the “nuclear option” to end the need for a 60-vote supermajority to overcome a filibuster of executive branch nominees next week.
There would be policy implications of a partisan choice, however. Some Republican supporters of the Senate-passed immigration overhaul are already cautioning the president to pick a successor who has the confidence of lawmakers in enhancing immigration enforcement.
I have a better suggestion. How about abolishing the Department of Homeland Security, which was a terrible idea from the beginning.