December 19, 2007, - 2:29 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
**** UPDATE: Bad News: The ICE Princess was confirmed by the U.S. Senate late today in a voice vote. ****
A number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and other interested readers are asking what’s become of the Bush nomination of Julie L. Myers a/k/a “The ICE Princess” to retain her recess-appointed post above ICE, the nation’s federal immigration enforcement and customs law agency. And there have been a ton of Google searches to this site, today, on the topic, too. I’ve been watching this closely.
Here’s the scoop: I’m 95% certain that The ICE Princess is toast.
Because she is serving a recess appointment, Myers must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate by the end of the year. I’ve contacted the Clerk of the U.S. Senate, and they have no further votes scheduled for the full Senate, today.
Plus, the Senate is scheduled to be in “pro forma” session, beginning on Friday for the rest of the year. No legislation, including nominations, can be voted on during a pro forma session. That means–unless the Senate decides to change its schedule, which is highly unlikely–tomorrow is the last day on which the Senate can confirm Ms. Myers. Right now, no such vote is scheduled.
She can still be confirmed by “unanimous consent” tomorrow, but Barack Obama–assuming he’d return from the Iowa campaign trail–said he’d vote against her. Plus, there’s her hubby’s cousin, Senator Kit Bond and his fellow Missourian, Claire McCaskill. Both also oppose Myers. Ditto for Harry Reid. So this probably won’t happen either.
It looks like she is gone, real soon. While that will be great news for America (unless her replacement is as bad or worse, like “Peppermint Patty“), I will miss having The ICE Princess to kick around. She provided a lot of great fodder and comedy. Sadly, we still have the “Serpenthead,” who I predict will continue to give DebbieSchlussel.com plenty of material. Unfortunately, he’s nowhere near resembling Veruca Salt the way The ICE Princess did in so many ways.
It’ll be tough for a certain someone to adjust to life with us little people, where you don’t have federal agents working on federal holidays, chauffeuring you around and buying you Diet Cokes.
Now, a baby may finally have a mother and at least one parent instead of a nanny. And America may finally get someone with real law enforcement experience and dedication–and a sense of patriotism to our country instead of to Islamists, lactating mothers, and her the ICE “leader’s” own selfish self–to enforce immigration and customs laws. But with Bush running the country, that’s doubtful.
Final Question: Would you like butter or jam with your TOAST?
Merry Christmas. Nice present. But don’t forget, even if and when she cleans out her desk (maybe she’s doing so now), this is something that should have happened long ago, a nomination that never should have happened.
Too little, far too late.
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