Principles

1 comment November 5th, 2007at 06:58am Posted by Eli

The WaPo continues its descent into evil and insanity with this charming editorial:

THE HALLS of Congress are too often filled with cowardice and groupthink. So it is reassuring when not one but two lawmakers show the moral fortitude to defy party politics to take a stand on principle.

Democratic Sens. Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.) and Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) showed such courage Friday when they announced their support for attorney-general nominee Michael B. Mukasey. Both are members of the Judiciary Committee, which is scheduled to vote Tuesday on Mr. Mukasey’s nomination. It is likely that their support salvaged Mr. Mukasey’s nomination, imperiled because he would not state outright that the interrogation method known as waterboarding, or simulated drowning, is illegal. While we, like Mr. Schumer, Ms. Feinstein and others, would have wished for such an answer, supplying it would have put Mr. Mukasey in conflict with Justice Department memos that likely allow the technique — memos that those who may have carried out or authorized waterboarding relied on for legal protection.

Yes, you heard that right: Caving yet again to the Bush administration and approving an AG nominee who thinks waterboarding is a-ok is a courageous, principled moral stand. Hooray for Charles & Di! They’re not craven, go-along-to-get-along wankers like that Russ Feingold character:

I will vote against the nomination of Judge Mukasey to be the next Attorney General. This was a difficult decision, as Judge Mukasey has many impressive qualities. He is intelligent and experienced and appears to understand the need to depoliticize the Department of Justice and restore its credibility and reputation.

At this point in our history, however, the country also needs an Attorney General who will tell the President that he cannot ignore the laws passed by Congress. Unfortunately, Judge Mukasey was unwilling to reject the extreme and dangerous theories of executive power that this administration has put forward.

The nation’s top law enforcement officer must be able to stand up to a chief executive who thinks he is above the law. The rule of law is too important to our country’s history and to its future to compromise on that bedrock principle.

What a wuss! See how he allows himself to get stampeded by something as trivial as the rule of law! He’s trapped in the same groupthink as the other 15-20 senators who will end up voting against Mukasey.

(h/t whig for the Feingold statement)

Entry Filed under: Bush,Constitution,Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Media,Politics,Prisoners,Torture,Wankers

1 Comment

  • 1. whig  |  November 5th, 2007 at 12:24 pm

    Someone needs to filibuster if necessary.


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