- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 12, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

As Wendy E. Long’s Tuesday Op-Ed column put it, “President Obama promised ‘change’ but has so far only nominated a slew of far-left activists to the Justice Department” (“Obama’s legal extremists”). The nominations of David W. Ogden and Elena Kagan - both radical leftists - are cases in point. The appointments reflect a dramatic departure for Mr. Obama from former President George W. Bush.

The handwriting was on the wall in November. The American electorate turned a blind eye to Mr. Obama’s character and judgment - matters that should have been of vital concern to all voters - and elected a president who offered “hope” and “change.” Yet the truth of the matter is that most Americans knew little about the man who claimed to be what he was not. The facts are beginning to emerge in the president’s far-left political appointments.

According to Miss Long, the facts concerning Mr. Ogden and Miss Kagan are appalling - especially because both candidates have been appointed to the Justice Department. We hope Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat, will fully consider the records of the appointees. The American people deserve better.

BRIAN STUCKEY

Denver

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