Congressional Black Caucus Suggests Sheila Jackson Lee For Homeland Security Director

The Congressional Black Caucus is pushing Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) as the replacement for Janet Napolitano at the Department of Homeland Security.

A letter dated July 25 and signed by Rep. Marcia Fudge, Ohio Democrat and caucus chairwoman, urges President Obama to consider Miss Jackson Lee for the position, calling the Democrat a “voice of reason” that the agency could stand to gain, the Houston Chronicle reported.

However, there may be several major problems with this suggestion.

First off, Rep. Lee voted against creating Homeland Security in the first place. So now, is she to head a department whose existence she opposed?

Second, Rep. Lee is known for some very… well… unusual statements. For example, she thinks there are two Vietnams, North and South.

There were two Vietnams at one point in history, it is true. However, after the US pulled out of the Vietnam war, the communist North absorbed the democratic South Vietnam and created the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Of course, the official announcement of the reunification was only in 1976, so perhaps Rep. Lee hasn’t heard about it yet.

She also seems rather confused about astronomy, once asking a NASA official if the Mars Pathfinder would send back photos of the American flag our astronauts had planted on the Moon. The fact that the Moon and Mars are completely different planets seems not to have reached Rep. Lee.

In a way, I actually hope the Administration does nominate Rep. Lee for the position… the confirmation hearings would likely be hilarious, and if the Democratic-controlled Senate voted to confirm, she’d be an endless source of funny quotes for political writers like me.

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