ALG President Terms Reid Attempt to Fault DeMint for Terrorist Attack "Contemptible"

December 29th, 2009, Fairfax, VA--Americans for Limited Government president Bill Wilson today denounced Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) for "politicizing the Northwest Airlines terrorist attack and blaming a fellow senator for his own miserable failures."

Wilson's sharp remarks came in response to a statement put out by Reid's office implying that  Senator Jim DeMint's request for more debate over Obama TSA nominee Erroll Southers may have contributed to the government's failure to prevent the terrorist from acting.

"Harry Reid's own compulsive obsessive behavior in ruthlessly, recklessly pushing through his government health care takeover is what prevented Southers from being confirmed," Wilson said. "And if any political action opened the door to a terrorist walking unmolested onto a domestic airline, it was Barack Obama's laissez faire, politically correct attitude towards Islamic radicalism, not Jim DeMint following Senate rules."

Yesterday, Reid spokesman Jim Manley told AOL's, "Sadly the Republican obstructionism of just one person, Senator DeMint, prevented TSA from having the leadership in place that the organization deserves."

Wilson outlined the chronology of the Souther's appointment saying it "thoroughly discredits the Manely/Reid contemptible lie."

  • Southers was not nominated until September 11, 2009 – 7 months, 20 days after Obama took over the Presidency, knowing he needed a new TSA chief.
  • Southers did not make it through his first committee (Commerce) until October 27, 2009. DeMint had nothing to do with the time it took the committee.
  • Then his nomination was sent to the Homeland Security Committee, which did not act until November 19, 2009 – 11 months after Obama became President.
  • Once the nomination was sent to the floor, it included the following condition: "Nomination was reported with recommendation that it be confirmed subject to the nominee's commitment to respond to requests to appear and testify before any duly constituted committee of the Senate."

Said Wilson, "It is entirely clear that the Reid-led Democrats knew Southers could not be quickly confirmed – that he had to honestly and forthrightly answer key questions before a vote could possibly take place. Even then, Reid knew he had the necessary votes and could have pushed the nomination through at will had he not been obsessed with socializing private health care.

"There were two people responsible for the delay in the Souther's appointment – Barack Obama and Harry Reid. And there was one person responsible for the failure to keep an armed terrorist off of a domestic flight: Barack Obama. He has taken the lead in putting political correctness before public safety. Those under him followed that lead. And it almost caused a catastrophe."