imagesBarack Obama first announced his intention to nominate Dawn Johnsen, a distinguished lawyer, professor of Constitutional law and former AAG in the Office of Legal Counsel for the DOJ, to be his head of the supremely critical Office of Legal Counsel nearly one year ago on January 5, 2009. Ms. Johnsen is eminently qualified and one of the best selections Obama has made for any position in his administration. In spite of that fact, Barack Obama and Harry Reid have callously and shamelessly left her twisting in the wind and have refused to put any emphasis or effort in forcing her confirmation. It is one of the greatest unpublicized scandals of an increasingly feckless Obama Presidency.

As recently as the end of November, there were promises that the Senate would take up Dawn Johnsen’s confirmation as soon as they were done with the healthcare bill. Well today, after patting themselves on the back for passage of the Bailout For Health Insurance Corporations Bill, the United States Senate managed to confirm thirty four (34) Obama nominees. None of them, of course, are Dawn Johnsen. Still she waits.

Here is a list of nominees that Hanoi Harry Reid, and without any question Barack Obama himself, since he will not lift a finger to help, think are more important than installing the head of the Office Legal Counsel, to oversee reformation of the rotting festering hole that produced the torture and wiretapping crimes of the previous administration:

• Paul Anastas to be Assistant Administrator for the Office of Research and Development at the Environmental Protection Agency

• Robert Perciasepe to be Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

• Miriam Sapiro to be a Deputy United States Trade Representative, with the rank of Ambassador

• Thomas Alfred Shannon to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Federative Republic of Brazil

• Alan Solomont to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Spain, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Andorra.

• John Norris to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the remainder of the term expiring June 30, 2012

• Dolly Gee to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California

• Richard Seeborg to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California

• Sharon Lubinski to be United States Marshal for the District of Minnesota for the term of four years

• Mary Phillips to be United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri for the term of four years

• Sanford Coats to be United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma for the term of four years

• Stephen Smith to be United States Marshal for the Southern District of Georgia for the term of four years

• Scott Quehl to be Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Administration, Department of Commerce

• Rajiv Shah to be Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development

• Mary Warlick to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Serbia

• James Warlick, Jr. to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Bulgaria

• Eleni Kounalakis to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Hungary

• Leslie Rowe to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Mozambique

• Alberto Fernandez to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

• Mary Wills to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Mauritius, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Seychelles

• Anne Andrew to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Costa Rica

• David Nelson to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Oriental Republic of Uruguay

• Richard Callahan to be United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri for the term of four years

• John Gibbons to be United States Marshal for the District of Massachusetts for the term of four years

• John Kammerzell to be United States Marshal for the District of Colorado for the term of four years

• Adele Alexander to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2014

• Lynnae Ruttledge to be Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration, Department of Education

• Grayling Williams to be Director of the Office of Counternarcotics Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security

• Michael Khouri to be a Federal Maritime Commissioner for a term expiring June 30, 2011

• David Strickland to be Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

• Mark Martinez to be United States Marshal for the District of Nebraska for the term of four years

• Michael Cotter to be United States Attorney for the District of Montana for the term of four years

• Barbara McQuade to be United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan for the term of four years

• James Santelle to be United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin for the term of four years

• Christopher Crofts to be United States Attorney for the District of Wyoming for the term of four years