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White House Renominates a Nominee

By Al Kamen
There was some consternation earlier Tuesday afternoon when the White House put out this curious announcement: "WITHDRAWALS SENT TO THE SENATE: Harris D. Sherman, of California, to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment, vice Mark Edward Rey, resigned, which was sent to the Senate on September 10, 2009."

What could this be? Yet another vetting misstep? A tax problem? A nanny problem? Some health concern?

No, nothing like that. Seems the White House, in sending his nomination up to the Hill, mistakenly said Sherman was from California, instead of from Colorado. They don't use Wite-out at the White House, a source said, so this meant they had to withdraw the nomination and then send it up again.

At ease, everyone.

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 29, 2009; 5:40 PM ET
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We need to Defrag The Capitol, it has become corrupted. The best way forward is to recruit not Democrats or Republicans but Americans with young children. We have tried the so called BEST AND BRIGHTEST, they have failed; then get the vote out.

Posted by: springco1 | September 29, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

I don't care who this dude is. What I really want to know is whatever happened to that nice fat lady who is going to be Surgeon General?

Did they send her off to a fat farm before she goes up to Congress? The world wonders.

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | September 29, 2009 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Now I am repeating myself. I posted a comment on the substance of this tiny piece on the comment page for the story about the native Americans suing the USDA for racial discrimination.

I thought Illinois was an agricultural state. Once in a while people from Illinois get themselves out of Chicago to look at what the rest of the state is doing. Such a person was my mother. But then she was born in Chicago. I can tell you that Illinois is an agricultural state. Everything that woman told me was true and she told me it was an agricultural state.

Didn't Carl Sandburg call it "Hog butcher to the world"? Where do you suppose all that swine comes from? Well, some of it comes from the Senate, but then I am repeating myself, or perhaps getting ahead of my story.

In nominating Harris D. Sherman, who went to Columbia University Law School and was a senior managing partner of premier Washington, DC, law firm Arnold and Porter in Denver, Colorado, for assistant secretary of agriculture for natural resources, wasn't the Obama Administration a little short-sighted? I mean when the department is trying to defend itself against charges of racism against native Americans, do you think it is wise or prudent to nominate an old rich white man to a high post?

The last time I looked, Harris D. Sherman seemed like a old white man who has been telling the native American what to do for most of his career as a rich lawyer.

Enough with all talk and no action, Obama. If you truly want to prove that USDA does not discriminate against the native Americans, then why are you nominating rich old white bald men to be assistant secretaries at USDA? Now really!

Posted by: eyemakeupneeded1 | September 29, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

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