Bush Moves to Save Mukasey Nomination
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 — President Bush went on the offensive today to salvage the nomination of Michael B. Mukasey to be attorney general, declaring that Mr. Mukasey is being mistreated by some senators and that his service is urgently needed while the nation is “at war.”
“Judge Mukasey is not being treated fairly,” the president said, after taking the extraordinary step of inviting a group of reporters into the Oval Office to vent his feelings. Sitting behind his desk and leaning back in his chair, Mr. Bush said he was concerned that some people may have “lost sight of the fact that we’re at war.”
. . . “It is time to get his nomination to the floor so the Senate can vote him up or down,” Mr. Bush said. Democrats have a 10-to-9 advantage on the judiciary committee, and in the event that a party-line vote goes against the nominee it is by no means certain that Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Senate majority leader, would allow the nomination to go to the Senate floor.
Mukasey knows good and well what waterboarding is all about. This issue is a George Tenet slam dunk–
Mukasey will not repudiate torture. If he does not, he cannot be confirmed by the Senate as the nominee for Attorney General.
The Democrats control this issue–absolutely control it. We will see by their choice, what they are made of.
Personally, I am not sanguine.