Theater critics unimpressed by Napolitano’s performance

28 Dec 2009 12:48 pm
Posted by: Donna

I’ve long suspected that a lot of conservatives are concerned with how things look to the exclusion of everything else, including and especially competence. They are very quick to point out flaws in the appearance and comportment of Democrats and liberals. It’s why flag pins became a campaign issue and Presidential bows to foreign leaders are carefully scrutinized for the slightest hint of excessive obsequiousness. And flaws will be found, no matter how non-existent they are and how idiotic the accuser sounds.

The latest example of this is Republican Rep. Pete King (R-NY) and former White House spokesperson Dana Perino being perturbed that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano wasn’t…uh…emoting enough about the attempted plane bombing.

“What I was critical of here was that first of all we went almost 48 hours before anyone from the administration came out and even spoke about what happened,” explained King Monday.

“Finally, Janet Napolitano comes out and the first thing she said was everything worked well. And she seemed almost like she was bored to be there. There was no intensity. There was no show of emotion,” he said.

Yeah, level-headedness and discretion are so not conducive to instilling the proper level of fear in the populace. Obviously the appropriate response would have been for Sec’y Napolitano to call a presser immediately upon learning of the event and screaming “OMG WE’RE DOOOOOOMED!!! WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE!!! SERIOUSLY!!!!” at the assembled reporters. But nooooo, she has to be all lame and do dumb un-fun things like “take time to understand the situation” and “calmly explain that it’s being addressed”. Whatever.

Dana Perrino would like to see some more Meryl Streep from Napolitano as well.

King was not the only Republican to attack Napolitano’s tone. Former George W. Bush spokesperson Dana Perino told Fox News Monday that Napolitano “missed the mark” with her tone and needs to “turn up the urgency just a tad.”

“A DINGO STOLE MY BABY!!” But we know what would happen if Janet had been upset or panicky. They’d be clucking about how the ladies are too fragile and emotional to handle the rigors of important jobs like Homeland Security.

Then she took a lot of heat for saying “the system worked”.

“The system worked,” said the Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano. Did those words really escape the barriers of her teeth? Was this a talking point? Certainly, the passengers worked… certainly, the crotch-rocket didn’t work… certainly, the system went into high gear after the failure of the system…. maybe parts of the system worked, if by working, one means that inputs begat outputs and an airplane of passengers wasn’t blasted out of the sky. If she had said, “the system worked, but it’s proven inadequate,” then there’d be less heat. But…

Some people need to have every little thing spelled out to them, I guess. Okay Marc, the system is inadequate too. But some folks appear to be just fine with the status quo.

Perhaps the largest impediment to change at the agency: South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint has a hold on the appointment of a TSA chief, over his concern that the new administration could allow security screeners to unionize.

Republicans have cast votes against the key TSA funding measure that the 2010 appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security contained, which included funding for the TSA, including for explosives detection systems and other aviation security measures. In the June 24 vote in the House, leading Republicans including John Boehner, Pete Hoekstra, Mike Pence and Paul Ryan voted against the bill, amid a procedural dispute over the appropriations process, a Democrat points out. A full 108 Republicans voted against the conference version, including Boehner, Hoekstra, Pence, Michelle Bachmann, Marsha Blackburn, Darrell Issa and Joe Wilson.

The conference bill included more than $4 billion for “screening operations,” including $1.1 billion in funding for explosives detection systems, with $778 million for buying and installing the systems.

Did Boehner cry when he cast his vote?


  1. Comment by Italiana on December 28, 2009 1:09 pm

    I was less than pleased with JaNap’s performance this weekend. Folks want to know how somebody got onto a plane with a bomb. She went to the reassurance angle too quickly. That said, there is no reason for her to resign.

  2. Comment by Italiana on December 28, 2009 1:11 pm

    I was less than pleased with JaNap’s performance this weekend. Folks want to know how somebody got onto a plane with a bomb. She went to the reassurance angle too quickly. That said, there is no reason for her to resign, and I’m glad the policies are being reviewed.

  3. Comment by Mickey White on December 28, 2009 1:14 pm

    Repeal the Patriot Act !

    Marsha Blackburn Voted FOR:
    Omnibus Appropriations, Special Education, Global AIDS Initiative, Job Training, Unemployment Benefits, Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations, Agriculture Appropriations, U.S.-Singapore Trade, U.S.-Chile Trade, Supplemental Spending for Iraq & Afghanistan, Prescription Drug Benefit, Child Nutrition Programs, Surface Transportation, Job Training and Worker Services, Agriculture Appropriations, Foreign Aid, Vocational/Technical Training, Supplemental Appropriations, UN “Reforms.” Patriot Act Reauthorization, CAFTA, Katrina Hurricane-relief Appropriations, Head Start Funding, Line-item Rescission, Oman Trade Agreement, Military Tribunals, Electronic Surveillance, Head Start Funding, COPS Funding, Funding the REAL ID Act (National ID), Foreign Intelligence Surveillance, Thought Crimes “Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, Peru Free Trade Agreement, Economic Stimulus, Farm Bill (Veto Override), Warrantless Searches, Employee Verification Program, Body Imaging Screening.

    Marsha Blackburn Voted AGAINST:
    Ban on UN Contributions, eliminate Millennium Challenge Account, WTO Withdrawal, UN Dues Decrease, Defunding the NAIS, Iran Military Operations defunding Iraq Troop Withdrawal, congress authorization of Iran Military Operations.

    Marsha Blackburn is my Congressman.
    See her unconstitutional votes at :

  4. Comment by Donna on December 28, 2009 1:34 pm

    We now know how he got on the plane with a bomb. He got on a plane in Nigeria and flew to Amsterdam, from which he got on a plane to Detroit. I wonder if our no-fly lists are shared with airports in other countries and if they’re not, why not? And is there any procedure for gate agents to check tickets against the no-fly list before letting people on connecting flights?

    That’s why I’m inclined to give Napolitano a break when she said the system worked. the would-be bomber didn’t board the plane at a US airport and was prevented in carrying out the explosion by a quick-thinking passenger and was restrained and arrested. And I don’t believe for a second that people like King and Perrino are arguing in good faith.

  5. Comment by Timmys Cat on December 29, 2009 12:23 pm


    Fom my take of this, Janet merely opened her mouth too soon. (burn the witch!) The failure seems to be at the International level. But of course after 8 years of TSA heightened terror alerts (ORANGE!)just before an election, now any fault is the Domocrats fault.

    Who gives a poop what Dana Peroxide thinks?

    Most likely the Orange Bonebone was more worried about contributions than his viote

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