Friday WTF: CNN Blames Senate GOP For OPM Hack


Seriously, WTF?

Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta resigned Friday, a day after revealing the recent data breach of government computers was vastly larger than originally thought.


Support for Archuleta crumbled after her testimony. But she had never received a thorough vetting of her qualifications for the job.

When she won Senate confirmation to lead the Office of Personnel Management, the chief objections from lawmakers who voted against her focused on Obamacare.

That was October, 2013, and the 62-35 vote reflected the political concerns at the time about how the agency, which serves as the federal government’s HR department, would implement parts of the health care law opposed by Republicans.

In nominating Archuleta, the President said: “Katherine brings to the Office of Personnel Management broad experience and a deep commitment to recruiting and retaining a world-class workforce for the American people.” The White House announcement listed a series of chief-of-staff and policy jobs in Denver and Washington before her job on the president’s campaign.

Less attention focused on the agency’s role in handling government security clearances and how it safeguards some of the most sensitive U.S. government databases.

Even less was paid to why Archuleta — whose most recent job was as a national political director for Obama for America, the President’s reelection campaign — was the person to help fix what was an agency already struggling to deal with technology problems and serious data breaches.

Aides to Republican lawmakers who voted for her confirmation now acknowledge they didn’t pay enough attention to the importance of technology in the agency Archuleta was taking over.


Critics now call her a political hack who shouldn’t have the job, even though she got the job with bipartisan support and her political past played little role in her Senate confirmation. (Emphasis added)

Bipartisan support? All 35 “no” votes were Republican. The Democrats controlled the Senate 55-45 at the time. The GOP was already being attacked for not confirming other Obama appointments.

Which brings us to the other point – SHE WAS APPOINTED BY BARACK OBAMA!!!

I can’t even.



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49 Responses to Friday WTF: CNN Blames Senate GOP For OPM Hack

  1. Myiq2xu says:

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  3. Myiq2xu says:

    Obama didn’t sing at her funeral.

  4. DandyTIger says:

    One of those up is down moments. And just when the liquor cabinet is empty. Which reminds me, be back in a few…

  5. Myiq2xu says:
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  7. 49erDweet says:

    It’s that kind of critical thinking and stirring analytical reportage which has afforded CNN the level of praise and professional status it currently enjoys.

  8. leslie says:

    CNN Blames Senate GOP For OPM Hack
    Of course they do. I’m surprised that you’re surprised.

    It’s like domestic abuse. They (the Senate GOP) made him lose focus and make yet another mistake in judgment. It was all their fault.
    See how easy that is?

  9. helenk3 says:

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on resignation of OPM’s Katherine Archuleta: ‘The Obama Administration needs to take this opportunity to articulate a credible plan of action, and more thoroughly address the legitimate concerns of the American people, particularly the millions who have been harmed by the lack of competence in confronting a massive cyberattack’ – statement
    End of alert

  10. helenk3 says:


    Editor’s note: The Oklahoma prison President Obama will visit next week was home to Jason Hernandez, a prisoner convicted on drug charges who had his life sentence commuted by Obama in 2013, VICE reports. The New York Times has reported that sometime in the next few weeks, Obama is expected to issue orders freeing dozens of federal prisoners locked up on nonviolent drug offenses. – Stephanie
    End of note

    should we worry????????

    • Myiq2xu says:

      The charges that someone is convicted of don’t always reflect all the crimes they have committed. Just because they are locked up for a “non-violent drug offense” that doesn’t mean they are non-violent.

      Usually the bigger players in the drug business are bad people. But sometimes little fish get scooped up in the nets with the big ones.

      • Mt.Laurel says:

        In other news, Al Capone was just a really sweet guy. Well known for celebrating St. Valentine’s Day with a bang. He also probably voted for Obama. More than once. After all, he still has a Chicago address.

      • 1539days says:

        Charges get plead down all the time. Where I live, Almost no one “speeds” because they get plead down to non-moving violations so the court gets their fees without having trials.

        • Dora says:

          I’m surprised that Obama even has the nerve to visit a prison. Isn’t he afraid that they won’t let him out? 🙂

    • Best line all night from “Does anyone ask by what sophistry of reason should the FAA get into the business of renaming sites on maps based on politics.” Regular readers will recognize Wbboei. (bill)

  11. votermom says:

    This is what the GOP gets for going along to get along.

  12. votermom says:

    Next month: GOP to blame for letting Obama give Iran nukes.

  13. Myiq2xu says:

    Tree huggers vs. cannibals:

  14. Dora says:

    Cartel Land – coming in July.

  15. DeniseVB says:

    Keith’s poll results and a nice look at his followers. He’s asking for an analysis…….go give it to him!

    • DeniseVB says:

      My FIRST date with my dh of 46 years was a Clint Eastwood triple-feature of his spaghetti westerns at a local theater. I should have run, but I didn’t, glad I didn’t 😀

  16. Myiq2xu says:
  17. Lulu says:

    “Cursing Minions Offend McDonald’s Customers”
    I thought this was going to be a story about cussing employees. My bad.

  18. DeniseVB says:

    So I saw some noise today that the Obamas are embracing Native Americans, wait, what? Have the Senecas from Upstate NY weighed in on this? Long story short, they sold cigs tax free on the intertubes, Obama stopped that little perk, they’ve lost millions, I’ve lost thousands (hey now, they shipped for free too). 😀

  19. DeniseVB says:

    My one more thing…..on my hometown group, not Brooklyn, my other hometown, Springfield in NoVa….the idiots at want to change the name of my high school….errr…Robert E. Lee to something warm and fuzzier. It’s funny watching the millennial grads of the 90’s/00’s weigh in with “like this RELee guy was such a dork” or something. Never heard of him. I digress……

    • elliesmom says:

      The land my hometown sits on was purchased from the Wampanoags by Miles Standish. There’s even a rock where they carved the date to seal the deal. The good relationship between the English settlers and the Native Americans continued. Our high school’s emblem was a very positive picture of a Native American. Shortly after I graduated, someone raised a stink because the picture of the Native American was painted in the center circle on our basketball court in the gym, and it was “disrespectful” to walk on its face. The kids held a vote and changed the school emblem to a picture of a blonde Viking in a horned helmet. His face was painted over the Native American, and now the basketball team steps on his face instead. My younger brother was in high school at the time, and he was adamant this should be done. I’m still scratching my head over it 40 years later.

  20. westcoaster says:

    OT: interesting article about the history of the Rainbow Coalition:

  21. Dora says:

    Go Donald!

    Trump ups the ante on immigration, unfazed by criticism and protests

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