It was beginning to look like the Democrats in the Senate Judiciary Committee were successfully going to stand up for the rule of law, and not send the nomination of Mukasey as Attorney General to the Senate for a vote….because he refuses to answer the question of whether waterboarding (a practice which we prosecuted as a war crime after WWII, and which was also done by the Khmer Rouge) was torture.
It was obvious that Mukasey was doing this to avoid a Catch-22 which would have eventually required War Crimes proceedings against the administration that authorized this abhorrent practice. Mukasey also claimed that he believed that there were conditions under which the President is above the Law.
The Democrats looked like they might actually have a spine. They might actually throw this one back in Bush’s face. Bush, of course, played the 9/11 card — saying that they were threatening the country by failing to confirm his AG nomination, who is “crucial in the War on Terror.”
Today, Bush’s fearmongering worked.
Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California and Charles Schumer of New York have announced that they’ll support Mukasey’s nomination. It’ll go to the Senate, and the Republicans will ensure that it passes.
For Chrissakes, Democrats. You can’t even stand against TORTURE?
Fuck this country. I’m out of here in a year and a half.