Dianne Feinstein might be hating on Leon Panetta, but Rush Holt, the progressive New Jersey congressman who chairs the House Select Intelligence Oversight Panel, just put out this statement welcoming Panetta’s impending nomination to head the CIA:

"Having served in Congress in the wake of Watergate and the domestic surveillance abuses that surfaced during the 1970s, Mr. Panetta understands how a democratic government should operate. He also demonstrated skill in running the Office of Management and Budget and as Chief of Staff under President Clinton. We need the CIA to collect reliable, actionable intelligence in ways that respect American values and honor the Constitution. Mr. Panetta’s background and reputation indicate he would serve the intelligence community, the President, and the country well."

Crossposted to The Streak.