a couple of weeks ago on one David Palmer's nomination to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Palmer, who heads the employee litigation section of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, had left a number of career employees dismayed with his handling of the section -- namely its official direction (away from protecting minorities from discrimination) and his personal leadership (treating subordinates with "disdain and contempt"). The former employees also noted in their letter opposing his nomination that Palmer was also the subject of at least one employment discrimination complaint.
Palmer, apparently, has had enough of the mounting opposition to his nomination. From The Washington Post
David Palmer, whose nomination to chair the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had languished for nearly a year, withdrew his name over the weekend, bitterly complaining that partisanship in the confirmation process has gotten out of control....
"I have received what can only be called a crash course in how bitterly partisan the nomination process has become," he wrote in his withdrawal letter to Bush.