Reid Says “No” to Olson

Senator Harry Reid is jumping on reports that President Bush is close to nominating someone to replace Attorney General Gonzales. As of the beginning of the week, it looked like Ted Olson was the front-runner.

Now Reid has announced that Olson is not confirmable. Says Reid:

I intend to do everything I can to prevent him from being confirmed as the next attorney general.

It’s not about Olson’s qualifications, which are excellent. Olson has the skill and the integrity to see the Department of Justice through the rough year it’s about to have. Even some Democrats think he makes a great choice. (But see the comments where others cannot let go of Bush v. Gore.)

If Reid has his way, he’d get to pick the next Attorney General. For that reason alone, I’d like to see Olson get nominated. Fortunately, Olson has impeccable credentials, patience, and the smarts to get through another Senate confirmation process. He did it once before, he can do it again.

At least it’d give Senate Democrats something to do other than pass earmarks and treat a four star general like a liar.

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~ by Gabriel Malor on September 12, 2007.

 
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