In other news, the Washington Post reports that Transportation Security Administration nominee Erroll Southers has withdrawn his name from consideration. I assume the next nominee will not have violated the federal Privacy Act nor provide false testimony to the Senate Government Affairs Committee. I think Radley Balko would also like the next nominee to replace the official TSA blogger.
Note: I don’t expect every nominee to have a spotless record. We’re all human. Nonetheless, some transgressions should disqualify individuals from certain types of jobs, even if not from high-level government positions generally. Furthermore, I think it is reasonable to expect nominees to be truthful and forthcoming about their past transgressions, and not to submit false or misleading affidavits. A particularly exacting standard this is not.