Chuck Schmuer Shoveling the Bullshit
This is simply pathetic. Mukasey was unwilling to stand up to the Bush Administration on a very simmple matter ~ whether paticular practices constitute torture or not. That sure is some great leadership! It sure looks like the first step in depoliticizing the Justice Department. Hey Chuck! have you lost your mind? This is just more of the same.
The problem with what passes for an argument in this Op-Ed is that Schumer, like Mukasey, is talking out of both sides of his mouth. I do not care that Mukasey offered Schumer personal assurances that he'd resign should BushCo pursue policies he deemed illegal. Why was he not willing to say so to the public? Why was he not willing to take a stand on what is clear-cut ~ 'waterboarding' (to say nothing of other practices) is torture and the Administration knows it, even as thy continue to sanciton the practice. That is what Senate hearings are for. And, so what if Bush might appoint an interim AG for the duration? In such an eventuality the Democrats should do what a real opposition party ought to do ~ raise hell! Make it clear that in an election year a Republican Administration had flaunted the Constitution in an effort to circumvent the adivice and consent provision on Presidential nominations. Make it clear the the Administration did that just so that it could continue to torture detaianees in contravention of U.S. and International law.
Like most Democrats, Schumer is too much of a political weenie to wage that sort of fight. What Chuck Schmer ought to have insisted on is not simply that Mukasey make his personal assurances public but that the nominee go further and announce that he will prosecute members of the Government found to be breaking the law by, say, sanctioning a policy of systematic torture. That would be leadership.