Chuck Schumer & Dianne Feinstein: Judas’

Or would that be “Judi” in the plural?

Democratic Defections Clear Path for Mukasey:

“The nomination fight over attorney general nominee Michael B. Mukasey effectively came to an end yesterday, as two key Senate Democrats parted from their colleagues and announced their support for the former judge despite his controversial statements on torture. “The orchestrated announcements by Sens. Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.) and Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) virtually guarantee that Mukasey will be approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, to be followed by his likely confirmation in the full Senate later in the month.”

Schumer’s defection doesn’t surprise me, given he was one of Mukasey’s “sponsors” (what are these, AA meetings? whenever nominated to a federal job you have to have your “sponsor” show up and vouch for you?).

But Feinstein? Says Dianne, “He’s not Alberto Gonzalez,” but instead a man who has “forged an independent life path as a practitioner of the law and a federal judge.”

What a cowed, half-ass defense that is. He’s not Alberto Gonzalez? That’s how low the bar has been set for a nominee to be AG of the United States?

For shame.

Cross posted from AoF

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5 Responses to Chuck Schumer & Dianne Feinstein: Judas’

  1. Darrell Prows says:

    There is a fundamental flaw in the stated reason of Schumer and Feinstein for their pathetic performance in voting for Mukasey. They act like there is some importance to this country in our not having an Attorney General who is worse than him. Where this rationalization breaks down, though, is that Bush did not need an AG as bad as Gonzales was for Bush to be as bad as Bush has been, and will continue to be. I guess you could say that the only thing that Gonzo scored “Exceeds Expectations” in was mediocrity. He was in so far over his head that an AG even half as good as the minimum we need would have been at least twice as good as that sycophant that Bush dragged with him from Texas.

    But the critical point here is that Bush, in Mukasey, has clearly chosen a candidate who will be as bad at running the Justice Department as Bush needs him to be. Bush did not settle for less than that, and will only ever do so if a way is found to force the issue. Chuck, Diane, once you hit “bad enough”, there is no “worse”. That’s just your excuse for the willing complicity in a continuing travesty.

    Now comes a more important test, though. It is indisputable that the Mukasey appointment can still be defeated, and that there is a raft of compelling reasons for someone on the Democratic side to take the lead in insuring that it happens. Filibuster! If necessary filibuster the entire goddamned remainder of the Bush term into oblivion. Someone needs to at least act like they understand the importance of trying to derail this wild assed bunch of money and oil crazed maniacs masquerading as real government officials.

    Yeah, it wouldn’t be easy, but if this appointment goes through, or Bush wins even a one more controversial point in a cakewalk, then there simply is no important reason for a single incumbent to be returned to Congress.

  2. PHIL says:

    Get a message to SCHUMER&FEINSTEIN

    VOTE NO on confirmation.
    get our troops out of combat
    before giving BUSH ANY VICTORY.

  3. ironxl84 says:

    This is unconscionable.

    I watched a 2 minute video whch clearly defined waterboarding. It was immediately obvious that it is torture.

    Now 2 democrats have betrayed their party and their country by giving Bush 2 thumbs up on waterboarding.

    I am quite certain that Bush must have displayed that mischevious little smirk of his upon hearing the news.

    Now that the confirmation will go forward to the Senate floor, I can only hope that some vestige of decency will prevail – and that enough votes are mustered to deep-six this nomination.

    This cannot stand. Perhaps some of the more influential Senators can exert enough pressure on their colleagues to bring a little honor back to what is supposed to be one of the great pillars of the legislative branch of these United States of America.

    This confirmation will send a worldwide message that it is now acceptable to waterboard Americans. Bush is simply not content to destroy the country he was elected to protect. No, no, no. It is clear that he wishes to dilute the provisions of the Geneva Conventions as well.

    Once again, the Midas touch in reverse. Everything he touches turns completely to ####.

    Yes, for shame!


  4. John says:

    In their defense Schumer and Feinstein figured no judicial nominee would be free to admit to the president’s mistake so if one came around and stopped just short of saying so or if the candidate indicated how much he or she deplores waterboarding than that nominee did enough to suggest he or she would act differently.

  5. J says:

    This is why I’m now calling the two Senators at the center of this story Senator Diane Iscariot and Senator Judas Schumer.