I see the liberal media is up to their old tricks, this time attacking Hillary for insufficiently denouncing the viewpoints of three million Americans.
In somewhat related news, Scott Horton urges the confirmation of Michael Mukasey:
I have known Michael Mukasey for over twenty years and I have a pretty good sense of his views on a great many issues. There are not many issues on which we agree, frankly. I am a civil libertarian and human rights advocate. Mukasey is driven by a concern for national security, and his many years on the bench tell him that our criminal justice system is inadequate to the task of trying terrorists. I recently parsed his op-ed in the Wall Street Journal looking for some important points I could agree with, and struggled to find them. Many of the civil liberties that Mukasey sees as vulnerabilities, I see as strengths.
Nevertheless, I consider Mukasey a highly qualified candidate and am prepared to support him with enthusiasm. Why? First, the president is entitled to nominate a candidate who represents his views on legal policy. I don’t think there’s room for a ray of light to pass between the Bush Administration and Mukasey, frankly.
Which is all well and good, and I would support him were I something more important that a loudmouth blogger, but I would caution Democrats not to just usher him through based on the principled arguments presented by Scott Horton. General Petraeus was confirmed under much the same reasoning (the President deserves his pick of General, blah blah blah), the Democrats allowed him through without any opposition, and promptly had it thrown in their face last week while attempting to fulfill their oversight duties:
“How dare you question him? You just confirmed him! Traitors! There should be nothing but complete deference to Herr General!”
And so on and so forth. Again, confirmation is probably the right thing to do, but I would do it with some opposition, because the despicable bastards on the right will just expect you to let him continue the popular Bush policy of ‘DOING WHATEVER THE FUCK WE WANT’ should he be greenlighted without opposition.