Clinton Comes Out Against Mukasey
She’s No Gander
By Mark I Posted in 2008 | Hillary Clinton | interrogation | Michael Mukasey — Comments (18) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
Sen. Hillary!™ Clinton announced her opposition to the confirmation of Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey today, citing his "continued unwillingness to clearly state his views on torture and unchecked Executive power."
Just three weeks ago, The Washington Post published an interview with Sen. Clinton in which she failed to...um...clearly state her views on torture and unchecked Executive power.
Asked about aggressive interrogation techniques, candidate Clinton hedged.
It is not clear yet exactly what this administration is or isn't doing. We're getting all kinds of mixed messages," Clinton said. "I don't think we'll know the truth until we have a new president. I think [until] you can get in there and actually bore into what's been going on, you're not going to know."
Come on, Sen. Clinton. You're insulting us. You are an informed Senator, running for the right to make the decision in these matters. You have an obligation to give an answer to the voters; or at least to try harder to fool us. Judge Mukasey is an uninformed private citizen. He has neither the knowledge of the program nor the details of the techniques necessary to hold forth on its Constitutionality, to say nothing of his obligation to do so. Senate Democrats are asking Judge Mukasey to rule on a program that the Senate itself has declined to single out as illegal. And Sen. Clinton is applying a standard to a nominee that she herself is unwilling to live up to as a candidate for President of the United States.
Sen. Clinton may be right that she has the most experience of all the candidates. She is certainly showing that she has mastered the art of obfuscation, vacillation, and doublespeak. She is also clearly adept at bandwagon jumping. Her rivals Sen. Barack Obama, Sen. Chris Dodd, and Sen. Joe Biden all made their opposition to Mukasey clear before she did. That’s more of Clinton’s wealth of experience at work. Never put forth an original idea of your own, but co-op those of your adversaries that seem like political winners.
Sen. Clinton, if you want to oppose Mukasey, fine. But at least have the ovaries to do so of your own accord or based on principles you are willing to apply to yourself. That’s leadership. Then again, you could be forgiven for not recognizing it. Having had all that experience in a previous White House, you never got to see real leadership up close, did you?