Quick Note on Mukasey

He was confirmed by 53-40. Most are noting the Democratic crossovers (especially Senators Feinstein and Schumer).

The fractured tally signals that Mukasey will face a deeply skeptical Democratic Congress as he takes over at Justice, which has been demoralized and emptied of senior leadership in the wake of scandals.

I was more interested to see which Senators were too busy to bother to vote (or were too afraid to stake out a position). That would be Alexander (R-TN), Biden (D-DE), Clinton (D-NY), Cornyn (R-TX), Dodd (D-CT), McCain (R-AZ), Obama (D-IL).

Biden, Clinton, Dodd, McCain, and Obama should be ashamed of missing this vote. As of October 31, Clinton and Obama opposed Mukasey.

Clinton said, “We cannot send a signal that the next attorney general in any way condones torture or believes that the president is unconstrained by law.”

Well done, Senator. You sent a signal all right. You were either too busy or too afraid to stand up for your principles.


~ by Gabriel Malor on November 9, 2007.

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