Sound bites: What a difference a year (and a near calamity) makes

From the Washington Post, November 21, 2008:

President-elect Barack Obama‘s pending selection of Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano (D) as secretary of homeland security was greeted yesterday as a sign that the new Democratic administration will fundamentally change the tone of the nation’s post-Sept. 11 approach to domestic security.

McCain called to congratulate Napolitano and said in a statement that her government experience “warrants her rapid confirmation by the Senate, and I hope she is quickly confirmed.”

Kyl said “she will bring a wealth of experience to the department” adding that her “distinguished career” had prepared her well for the position.

AP Report December 29, 2009:

Sen. Jon Kyl said he now doesn’t feel “totally safe” with Janet Napolitano as homeland security secretary.

Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services, December 29, 2009:

Sen. John McCain‘s comments about Napolitano were more muted than his colleague’s.

“I respect the president’s choice and I want to work with her as much as possible,” he said.

McCain said the fact the man was subdued by passengers before being able to set off his bomb does not mean the agency, headed by the former Arizona governor, was doing its job. He said it needs to do more than just check passengers at the airport. “That’s the end of the line,” McCain said.

Wall Street Journal, December 29, 2009:

President Barack Obama on Tuesday said a “potential catastrophic breach” of security led to the Christmas Day attempted bombing on a Detroit-bound airplane.

“A systemic failure has occurred and I consider that totally unacceptable. There was a mix of human and systemic failure that contributed to this potential catastrophic breach of security,” he said.

8 Responses to Sound bites: What a difference a year (and a near calamity) makes

  1. Kathy says:

    Nothing new with Kyl & McCain – double speak. We Arizonans knew that Napolitano was/is incompetent, sadly our 2 Senators did not & in some ways still don’t since they are on the Amnesty bandwagon. Nothing new with Obama – he flip/flops on everything he says after they are “just words.”

  2. Doc says:

    McStain’s & Kyl’s comments on the socialist j-no, who HATES FREEDOM, & disdaines LIBERTY, speaks clearly as to their own feelings on the 2 topics. And Kyl’s most recent comment is, in my opinion, just a very weak, limp & lame attempt @ political @$$ covering. Too late, sir. Many of us true conservatives tried…hell PLEADED with you to review your support choices. Did you listen? Uuuhhh…nope. Wait’ll Mr. Holder’s friends from Gitmo hit our shores! McAmnesty’s comments simply bear out what we already know…he hasn’t a clue as to how to be a true conservative!

  3. ron says:

    Remind me who turned the issue of our National Security into a politicized mess? What happened to just letting the military do its job?

  4. American Dad says:

    I noticed this telling paragraph was in the Washington Post article…the first one on this page:
    Wes Gullett, a Republican consultant in Arizona, noted that Napolitano won reelection in 2006 with 63 percent of the vote and GOP support, and chaired the Democratic Party’s 2008 platform drafting committee without controversy. “That says volumes about her ability to run a tight ship,” said Gullett, a former McCain aide.
    State law barred the governor from seeking a third term, and her departure for the Obama Cabinet would eliminate a potential top-tier Democratic challenger for McCain in 2010, when the senator is up for reelection.

    It’s clear what the motivation was here. McFear of a McChallenge.

  5. Sally Forth says:

    And also omitted was this from the same WAPO article:
    “In 1993, she was acting U.S. attorney pending confirmation when the Justice Department decided not to prosecute Cindy McCain, the wife of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), for stealing prescription drugs from a nonprofit she ran.”

    Get with the program, Seeing Red. Surely you “get” the fact that McCain’s measured response and kind words are all part of this quid pro quo for Napolitano not bringing charges against Cindy Lou.

  6. seeingredaz says:

    Yes, we did see this, Sally. We also made a reasoned decision not to include it, since Cindy McCain is not the object of this post.

  7. Doc says:

    Bach to the future here, & what we see-presently-is that McCain’s “measured response”, is just more proof of how outta’ touch with us & reality he really is, & how much he needs to step down. early…now’s fine with us…

  8. Doc says:

    Then there’s THIS geshtapo tactic by these whak-jobs in control of our Freedom:

    SIEG HEIL ! ! !