After initial enthusiasm for the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, I have become less confident that the merger of so many disparate agencies was wise and workable. Today, I'm even more worried than ever that DHS is imploding from neglect. I hadn't realized until reading Christian Beckner's column in Foreign Policy that 15 senior posts in the department are vacant, many lacking even a presidential nomination.
Sad to say, this situation is consistent with other failures of the Obama White House to nominate people for key positions in a timely way.
It's especially ironic that Senate Democrats are considering a dangerous rules change simply to make it easier to approve executive branch nominees when the administration itself is failing to send them forward.