Clinton Comes Out Against Mukasey

She’s No Gander

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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."

That's funny.

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.

Read on…

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?

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CongressCritter™: Never have so few felt like they were owed so much by so many for so little.

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Let's nominate the Nash Equilibrium for President.

has come out and said, "I'm even more against him than you are, and I was actually against him first!"

It's time for President Bush to announce that all appointments from now until the end of his term will be recess appointments. If the Bolton grandstanding wasn't clear enough, since the Democrats have now made it clear they want to play Lucy with the football, first consulting and praising his choice and then playing keep-away. Mr. Bush needs to change out of his Charlie Brown suit and start playing for keeps. No more New Tone, either.

And Rightly So!

So who is his next choice?

Has Harriet Miers been contacted yet?

...because the Dems came out and said "don't even try it"? His name escapes me at the moment.

-imwithfred-

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CongressCritter™: Never have so few felt like they were owed so much by so many for so little.

Would he even need hearings again ?
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"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
-Thomas Paine: The American Crisis, No. 4, 1777

If Mukasey is rejected - on recess appointment, of course.

And Rightly So!

extraordinary rendition, in fact, the Clinton administration reauthorized the rendition protocols. Hard to believe Hillary wasn't aware of both.

FTR, I find nothing wrong or immoral with either program.
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"Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm." -- James Madison

He was waterboarding interns.

She was authorizing rendition for the bimbos.
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CongressCritter™: Never have so few felt like they were owed so much by so many for so little.

but that was only for Dick Morris

"Nothing works like freedom, Nothing succeeds like liberty"
Kyle

She was waiting to see which way the wind blew on this one. Once Chris Dodd, Barak Obama and other Dems stated their opposition and John McCain stated his concerns, it was her time to come out against the nomination. She may be a smart lady but she is no leader. She never seems to come out in support or opposition of anything first.

Maybe she's wanting the nickname "Stonewall" Clinton! "An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last." Sir Winston Churchill

Since I assume there will be an eventual vote, this will be the third of Bush's Attorney Generals to be confirmed by a narrow, partisan vote. They did it to Ashcroft and Gonzales, of course.

Both of Bush's Supreme Court nominees also had tougher votes than they should have. Alito was only confirmed by 58 votes.

Meanwhile, not one of Clinton's cabinet officers was, to my knowledge, confirmed by such partisan votes. None were rejected. And both of his extremely liberal Justice nominees were easily confirmed by ninety votes.

It is amazing the chuzpah of this Democrats; bipartisanship is truly a one way street.

 
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