I Must Be Hallucinating

6 comments September 18th, 2007at 07:24am Posted by Eli

Are the Democrats actually playing… HARDBALL?

Two Senate Democrats warned Monday that the Judiciary Committee would delay confirmation of President Bush’s choice for attorney general unless the White House turned over documents that the panel was seeking for several investigations.


Senators Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont and Charles E. Schumer of New York – vowed on Monday to use the nomination to extract information from a reluctant White House.

“All I want is the material we need to ask some questions about the former attorney general’s conduct, on torture and warrantless wiretapping, so we can legitimately ask, ‘Here’s what was done in the past, what will you do?’ ” Mr. Leahy, the Judiciary Committee chairman, said.


The White House wants Mr. Mukasey confirmed by Oct. 8, when the Senate leaves for its next recess. But Mr. Leahy said there would be no quick confirmation without the documents. He said he had told the White House counsel, Fred F. Fielding, that “cooperation with the White House would be central” to scheduling hearings.

It sounds too good to be true, really. I guess my biggest question would be whether the documents and subsequent confirmation of Mukasey would be the end of the investigations into warrantless wiretapping, US Attorney firings, etc., etc. ‘Cuz the appointment of a replacement for Gonzo doesn’t magically wipe away all the crimes Gonzo and his minions committed.

If this is for real, and the Democrats are actually flexing some muscle for once, Dubya must be sputtering furiously about how this wasn’t the deal, that the Democrats were supposed to completely roll over in exchange for… a non-loyal Bushie AG. God, I hope so.

Entry Filed under: Bush,Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Politics,Republicans


  • 1. bill  |  September 18th, 2007 at 7:50 am

    Seems to me that Schumer is getting used. The nominee was his suggestion in the first place. The interim AG is a Gonzales clone. The longer it takes the more permanent the corruption.

  • 2. Eli  |  September 18th, 2007 at 8:02 am

    The story makes it sound like the WH is really impatient to get Mukasey confirmed; yet at the same time they slip an even bigger wingnut into the interim position.

    So you’re probably right, they’re in no hurry to bring in the new broom, and maybe having a worse wingnut in there puts pressure on the Dems to rush through the confirmation process to get Keisler out.

  • 3. Ripley  |  September 18th, 2007 at 11:01 am

    If they were smart, they’d say “No confirmation hearings until Meiers, Rove et al have stopped by for some testimony.” If the Bush kids can stall and ignore Congressional hearings, so can the Dems.

  • 4. bill  |  September 18th, 2007 at 1:52 pm

    I’d favor “no confirmation hearings” for the duration of W’s tenure. I think I might even be able to come up with some interesting rationale justifying that posture.
    1. The smirk
    2. Cheney shot a guy in the face

  • 5. Eli  |  September 18th, 2007 at 6:10 pm

    But as you said, if Dubya has a Gonzo clone in there as interim AG, then he’s going to *welcome* a drawn-out confirmation process, or even no confirmation.

    He wants to keep that firewall up as long as possible.

  • 6. bill  |  September 19th, 2007 at 6:41 am

    Rock, I’d like you to meet Hard Place.

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