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November 01, 2007

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Judge Mukasey may personally be a very nice individual. I don't know what is driving him to avoid directly answering the questions, except that I guess he just has a case of ambition and would like to add "Attorney General of the United States" to his resume. He knows that if he answers directly, he is toast, but he should be toast anyway because of the fact that he is bound and determined not to commit to anything straightforward.

We do not need anyone as Attorney General who is going to qualify everything he says so that we have to guess what he stands for.

This should be a no-brainer for every sitting senator...

Mukasey's answers are circumscribed by his confabs w/the lawyer who helms Cheney's operation, initials D.A. Anyone who saw the PBS Frontline from two wks. back knows how powerful & dangerous to the Constitution is that individual & his boss' world view.

CheneyCo (implemented by Addington & his minions) believes that our current form of government should be replaced by an autocracy. They work toward that goal everyday they are still in power...

sojourner -- I think Mukasey's resume would have to be amended to read:
Judge
Cheney's Sock Puppet formerly known as Attorney General of the United States ;)

Thanks for pointing this particular reply out for us EW. It appears Mukasey won't be fixing the politicization of DoJ afterall. So remind me, what exactly will improve under Mukasey's tenure?

I'm wondering, could a return to the pre-revised rules on pre-election indictments wind up biting the Dems in the ass at this point? I mean, would it play into Republican hands by stalling or prohibiting anything like a contempt of Congress or obstruction investigation from reaching indictment stage before Nov. 2008?

It's bad enough that administration officials try to weasel out of testimony in investigations by claiming "I don't know anything about that, let me get back to you." But won't one of our senators point out that a confirmation hearing is in part a job interview, and saying "I won't know anything about that part of my job until after you hire me" shouldn't get anyone hired?

Especially when the questions are about points of law or law enforcement procedure, and the guy is a judge!

We can do without an AG for another 14 months.
It beats having an AG who seems to be clueless on what the job actually involves ... or knows, and won't admit it in public.

Georgie is having a hissy fit about this - it's his AG choice or else, because we're at war and can't possibly do without one. (Yes, that doesn't follow, but that's George. See the LA Times story.)

continuing from my thinking at 17:08,
I guess I'm worried about a repeat of the Republican impeachment strategery. They brought a weak impeachment proceeding against Clinton, and now the received wisdom is that the country has no taste for impeachment. Could it be that by focusing our attention on sham pre-election indictments for so long, through the USA scandals, the Republicans have effectively tied the opposition's hands as regards legitimate pre-election indictments?

somehow this news of Mukasey's view on the election law manual, combined this article:

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/057672.php

with the DOJ investigating regular small contributors to the Clinton campaign doesn't give me comfort... if I let my imagination run wild... well, its not a pretty picture.

It's a hissy fit, all right. I watched him poke out his lip on tv and huff and puff, and it looked just like that brat at the store whose momma won't buy him the sack of candy he wants. I was reduced to shouting at the tv. When he comes on at the gym, I have to watch myself or I do it there.

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