Carol Platt Liebau: The Mukasey Pick

Sunday, September 16, 2007

The Mukasey Pick

It's being reported that the President will nominate Michael Mukasey to be Attorney General.

It will be interesting to learn more about Judge Mukasey. Chuck Schumer's endorsement is hardly a reason for confidence -- but that could be explained away by the fact that the nominee comes from his home state. What's more troubling is that he was on the left wing Alliance for Justice's approved list for a Bush Supreme Court nomination.

Even so, there's some reason for hope if the information in Judge Mukasey's wikipedia entry is correct. He's a Giuliani supporter, and donated to Joe Lieberman's Senate campaign -- so at least there's hope he will have some sensible views on the war on terror.

What's more, given their previous endorsements, if Judge Mukasey ends up sounding very reasonable indeed (from a conservative perspective, that is), it may be difficult for Schumer and the Democratic interest groups to smear him, given their earlier endorsements. And it would be amusing, if nothing else, to watch Alliance for Justice forced to defend one of their Supreme Court picks as other radical groups, like Moveon.Org, attack Mukasey. Internecine warfare . . . mmmm, delicious.


Blogger Chepe Noyon said...

This piece exemplifies the worst in American commentary: Ms. Liebau writes not one word on the man's qualifications or his judicial philosophy. Her sole basis of evaluation is tribal loyalty: support from the left is a negative factor, support from the right a positive one. At no point does Ms. Liebau offer any evaluation based on principle.

I strenuously object to this unprincipled approach to politics. Governance is not a football game nor is it a zero sum game. Opposing something or somebody because the left supports it is mindless, unprincipled partisanship, and this partisanship is inimical to the health of the American body politic. It is fundamentally anti-democratic in principle because it rejects the fundamental assumption behind democracy: that there will always be disagreements. No body politic can resolve disagreements with 51% majorities; with the passage of time, the majority always shifts. Mature political judgement calls for bipartisan collaboration to solve problems in a manner that garners broad respect.

Unlike Ms. Liebau, I will not judge Mr. Mukasey based on who supports him and who opposes him. I will evaluate his merits and judge accordingly. I am happy to accept a nominee who doesn't quite meet all my standards, because I recognize that in a democracy we all have to compromise to get things done. We need an AG now, and the only way to get him through the confirmation process is for everybody to bend a little.

Please, Ms. Liebau, put away the pom-poms, forget the fight songs, and join the rest of us in figuring out how to make this country function well.

8:18 AM  
Blogger Earth to Carol said...

Another Republican pervert.

John David R. Atchison, 53, an assistant U.S. attorney from the northern district of Florida, was arraigned in U.S. District Court in Detroit Monday afternoon.

Prosecutors said Atchison flew from Pensacola, Fla., to Detroit on Sunday intending to have sex with a 5-year-old girl.

The undercover detective expressed concern about physical injury to the 5-year-old girl as a result of the sexual activity. Detectives said Atchison responded, " I am always gentle and loving; not to worry, no damage ever, no rough stuff ever. I only like it soft and nice."

6:36 PM  

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