On The Hot Seat

We'll get to see how politcally adept Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is in coming weeks, in the aftermath of the dustup over an intelligence review of threats posed by right-wing extremists in the U.S.

Napolitano is probably lucky that all of this occurred while members of Congress were on an Easter Break - otherwise she might have been under the gun (so to speak) from members of both parties.

I don't know when she is due back up on Capitol Hill next, but I would guarantee you that someone will drag her up for a hearing in the next few weeks.

It's not that I think she's on the edge of being booted out of her job, but I would predict calls for her resignation, as her future effectiveness in the Homeland Defense job will certainly have a lot to do with her answers and performance.

Some aren't even waiting, like my old blogging friend Mark Curtis, http://www.markcurtismedia.com/

Also, the news that her staff is telling media interviewers that she can only be asked one question (see Morning Joe on MSNBC) makes me wonder about the people working for her.

Some Cabinet officials learn quickly that even if they are being skewered in a political way, that the best response is not a finger in the eye, but rather an apology and then a pivot onto other matters.

It's also to make a stern political defense on the morning shows, but maybe not to the face of aggravated lawmakers.

We'll keep an eye on this one, mainly for the sport of Cabinet Member Abuse by Lawmakers.

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