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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Bush taps Mukasey for AG

Bush has apparently settled on retired NY federal judge Michael B. Mukasey to replace Gonzo as his AG. A formal announcement is expected tomorrow.

Bush supporters say Mukasey, who was chief judge of the high-profile courthouse in Manhattan for six years, has impeccable credentials, is a strong, law-and-order jurist, especially on national security issues, and will restore confidence in the Justice Department. Hard right legal conservatives and Republican activists have expressed reservations about Mukasey's legal record and past endorsements from liberals, and are already drafting a strategy to oppose his confirmation.

Bush critics see the Mukasey nomination as evidence of Bush's weakened political clout as he heads into the final 15 months of his presidency. It's unclear how Senate Democrats will view Mukasey's credentials, but early indications are that he will face less opposition than a more hardline, partisan candidate like Ted Olson. Last week, Senate Democrats threatened to block confirmation of Olson if tapped. Olson represented Bush before the Supreme Court in the contested 2000 election.

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Blogger Hill said...

You know, Good Man, anybody Dubya nominates for anything automatically raises my hackles. If Dubya's nominating him, it must mean he's a Dubya ass-kisser. He may not do it in public like so many do, but nonetheless, I would bet he has Dubya's ass somewhere in the vicinity of his lips.


title="comment permalink">September 16, 2007 8:58 PM  
Blogger Mary Ellen said...

Any time I hear Bush say that someone has impeccable credentials, I get a little nervous. It will be interesting to see how the Democrats in the Senate handle this guy. I saw them practically kiss Petreaus' ass when they approved him, and you can see where that got us.

title="comment permalink">September 17, 2007 8:53 AM  
Blogger John Good said...

Considering the available choices, this is definitely one of the better ones. We'll see how it plays out.

title="comment permalink">September 17, 2007 9:06 PM  

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