Representatives Virginia Foxx (North Carolina) and Eric Cantor (Virginia), both of whom happen to be Republican, spoke out in short speeches on the House Floor about the nomination of Dawn Johnsen for the Office of Legal Counsel at the Justice Department.
The controversial nomination of extremely divisive nominees, especially in the area of abortion, by the Obama Administration continues to rely on party loyalty over principles which individuals claimed to hold when they ran for election, including many Democrats who claimed to be in the center or even center-right.
Many amongst the 51% of Americans who call themselves Pro-Life have been monitoring this nomination and are surprised to see that little real bipartisan opposition seems to be emerging. While the partisan support for radical pro-abortionists has enabled President Obama to nominate individuals who are extremely out of sync with moderate Pro-Choice advocates and Pro-Life advocates, who together include over 80% of the population, efforts are being made to bring the record of such nominees out before the public eye.
The nomination of Dawn Johnson has been opposed by The Susan B. Anthony List, which manages and funds Team Sarah, which sent a message in a recent email from SBA to its members as follows:
President Obama has nominated Dawn Johnsen to serve as an Assistant Attorney General to determine what is or isn’t Constitutional. Dawn Johnsen is an extremely divisive figure.
She has worked for the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project. She was the legal director for the National Abortion Rights Action League. She has compared pregnancy to slavery.
She has argued that the government should strip the Catholic Church and other religious denominations of their tax exempt status because of their pro-life advocacy. She believes that a pre-born child has no separate existence apart from the mother.
She has compared pro-life protesters to the Ku Klux Klan. She was heavily involved in the authorship of the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), which would repeal every state and federal restriction on abortion. Johnsen has a long track record of intolerance to positions conflicting with her pro-abortion agenda. Type your name and contact information at the links below, and hit "Enter", to be taken to a page to write your Senators today. Tell them to vote against Dawn Johnsen nomination!
The SBA also provided a link for people to find out how to contact their Senators here:
While some analysts have posited the idea that the Johnson nomination, on the hills of the Sebelius nomination that was passed largely along party lines but with some notable Republican defections, may face a more organized opposition and run into greater trouble, the discipline of the Democratic Party in keeping members in line has been strong, despite their election campaign rhetoric claiming to be in the center or even claiming to be conservatives, as Virginia's Jim Webb did in order to get elected in 2006.
The inability of the opposition to clearly speak with one voice and to get their message to the People directly, past a media filter that increasingly looks to some to be suspiciously similar to the talking points out of the Democratic Party and its front groups, has up until now allowed the Obama administration to fly under the public radar but, increasingly, online activists, including Team Sarah members, are finding their voice and their means of getting that voice out.
The probability is that as more and more voices are raised, each nomination of a radically divisive figure that holds extremist views that are out of sync with the mood and sentiments of the People, increases the risk of a long-term backlash that could bode ill for every Democrat who claimed to have been "moderate" or "centrist" but who voted, rubber stamp style, for whatever the Party asked them to vote for.