September 19, 2007
President Bush has nominated Michael Mukasey as the next attorney general of the United States. Mukasey is well qualified for the post. He takes a conservative view of the constitution and the law. But, as the Washington Post wrote, he doesn’t march in “lock step” with conservatives. They never say that about liberals who march in lock step with the left, but that’s a minor point.
Qualifications no longer matter in such things. When a president of a different party majority nominates someone, the other party uses it as a stage to air their grievances and conduct political theater. Democrats do this more than Republicans, of course, and Patrick Leahy, the chairman of the judiciary committee thanks to republican arrogance and corruption that removed the GOP from their majority, wants to milk this nomination for all it’s worth. Leahy has said he won’t even schedule hearings until he gets White House documents he wants. Here we go again!
What Leahy and his fellow liberal democrats want is a promise from Mukasey to investigate the alleged wrongdoings of the administration. They won’t get that, but they will try.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.