On Friday, Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta resigned in disgrace after the magnitude of the recent government data breach was revealed. Of course, she should never have been hired in the first place; her prior job was a political director for the President’s reelection campaign, Obama for America.
So how does one avert blame from the White House for this catastrophic privacy breach? Why, blame Republicans of course. CNN stated that Archuleta had never been properly vetted, writing that “aides to Republican lawmakers who voted for her confirmation now acknowledge they didn’t pay enough attention to the importance of technology in the agency Archuleta was taking over.”
In case you missed the point the first time around, CNN also tweeted out a summary of their article on Archuleta, announcing that “Republicans acknowledge to @evanperez they didn’t properly vet Archuleta’s qualifications.”
Of course this is utterly absurd. Do you know how many Republican Senators voted for Archuleta’s confirmation? Only eight did, while 35 Republican Senators voted against her. But all the Democrat Senators voted for her confirmation — after being appointed by a Democrat President. Yet CNN apparently did not care to mention this or even reach out to any of the Democrats for comment on their failure to properly vet her background for this position. It doesn’t fit the playbook.
What’s worse, if those eight Republicans had voted against the nomination, they would have been branded partisan and obstructionist. Hearken back to 2013, when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid joined forces with a national Hispanic coalition, the National Hispanic Leadership Coalition, warning against blocking the nomination on the eve of the vote. The leader of the Hispanic group, Hector Sanchez, went so far as to suggest the confirmation vote would be used in a Latino scorecard, saying, “it is important that Republicans understand the impact their actions can have because they cannot play political games on these kinds of issues that are so important.”
All that is clearly forgotten in an attempt to deflect any culpability from the Obama Administration. Who is playing “political games” now? It’s CNN’s determination that one or more of the eight Republicans who voted for her are indeed at fault for her incompetency and the massive privacy invasion. You can expect no less from CNN these days, as they are certainly the White House lapdog.