The Deciderer-in-Chief, a bit bruised from the chair Harry Reid threw at him last week, has apparently decided on a nominee for Attorney General of whom leading Democrats approve. And it’s…not Joe Lieberman!
Of course, there is no Bush appointee that would satisfy a rabid liberal such as myself. But Michael Mukasey is a huge improvement over Ted Olson, Joe Lieberman, or the slimy, odious Gonzales. Case in point: he actually, ya know, supports the Constitution. The incomparable Glenn Greenawald explains Judge Mukasey’s laudatory actions in the Jose Padilla case.
Judge Mukasey repeatedly defied the demands of the Bush administration, ruled against them, excoriated them on multiple occasions for failing to comply with his legally issued orders, and ruled that Padilla was entitled to contest the factual claims of the government and to have access to lawyers. He issued these rulings in 2002 and 2003, when virtually nobody was defying the Bush administration on anything, let alone on assertions of executive power to combat the Terrorists. And he made these rulings in the face of what was became the standard Bush claim that unless there was complete acquiescence to all claimed powers by the President, a Terrorist attack would occur and the blood would be on the hands of those who impeded the President.
Not bad for a conservative Republic, eh?