Amidst the nonsense that surrounded the recent nomination of John Brennan as Director of the CIA, as usual the press and the pundits missed the most important statement the nominee made for insight into his thinking and the standard by which the public and Congress should rightfully judge his performance in the job.
“if I had the great privilege to lead the men and women of the CIA, it would be the biggest honor of my life, and I would understand just how important and weighty that would be. And if I ever dishonored that responsibility, I couldn’t look myself in the mirror. I couldn’t look my parents, my family in the mirror. I couldn’t look you in the face, and that is something that is very important to me.”
– John Brennan, February 7, 2013 Senate Confirmation Hearing
Leave it to the Senate to approve the least impressive and apparently least prepared nominees to do their jobs first, and the guy who came off as most qualified, last.