GOP Was in the Senate Minority and Opposed OPM Head Archuleta’s Nomination; AP Blames Data Breaches on Inadequate Funding
Of all the media memes ever attempted, the one blaming Republicans for the fact that now-resigned Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Aruchleta was confirmed is high on the list of the most ridiculous ever. A reasonably close runnerup is the idea that Congress failed “to adequately fund OPM.”
Matt Balan at NewsBusters covered CNN’s ridiculous tweeted claim that “Republicans acknowledge … they didn’t properly vet Archuleta’s qualifications.” It’s as if only Republicans — who, I must remind the media herd, were in the minority in the Senate in late 2013 when she was confirmed and who mostly opposed her by a 35-8 margin — were the only ones responsible for vetting this woman. Why isn’t the press asking Harry Reid why his Senate Democratic Party majority didn’t do its job? Far more fundamentally, did the president’s responsibility for selecting competent people vanish when Barack Obama was elected?