During Wednesday morning’s confirmation hearing for Jeh Johnson to be secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Sen. Tom Coburn had a confession: Congress isn’t very smart.
At least not relative to the bright light before them.
The Oklahoma Republican praised Johnson’s intellect, claiming that it “is far above mine and most members of Congress.”
“Which is exactly what we want,” he concluded.
Coburn had tough questions and warnings for Johnson, the top Pentagon lawyer who President Obama picked to run the DHS following the departure of Janet Napolitano. He indicated, though, he thought Johnson would ultimately win the Senate’s approval.
Smarter than Congress? Perhaps that’s faint praise.