September 16, 2007
Politico.com reports that Bush has nominated Michael B. Mukasey, a former federal judge appointed by Reagan, for Attorney General.
“The White House seems like they don’t want a confirmation fight,” said a Republican close to the selection process. “They think this guy is bulletproof from the left.”
Adding a note of caution, the official said, “They want to make sure there’s not a Harriet Miers rebellion from the right,” referring to a Bush Supreme Court choice whose nomination was later withdrawn.
That’s the way it is for lame ducks, nobody may like whom you choose.
In June 2003, Democratic New York Senator Charles Schumer submitted Mukasey’s name, along with four other Republicans or Republican appointees, as a suggestion for President George W. Bush to consider for nomination to the Supreme Court. On the March 18, 2007, episode of Meet the Press, Schumer again suggested Mukasey as a potential Attorney General nominee who, “by [his] reputation and character, shows that [he] put rule of law first.”
Seems harmless enough, but time will tell. You know this is just the beginning.
September 15, 2007
Is there book writer who has been in or had contact with this administration that hasn’t been critical? Alan Greenspan’s is the latest.
The former Fed chair said he urged Bush to veto a string of “out-of-control” spending bills, but to no avail. He was told the president wanted to avoid antagonizing Republican political leadership.
“To my mind, Bush’s collaborate-don’t-confront approach was a major mistake — it cost the nation a check-and-balance mechanism essential to fiscal discipline,” Greenspan said.
Not that I’m opposed to throwing a shot across the administration’s bow occasionally.
And I believe, and many conservatives would agree with me, that Greenspan is right. With a Republican Congress, there should have been no reason for spending to run amok as it did (and still does).
September 14, 2007
From RealClearPolitics, we see that the Democrats aren’t too excited about some of the possible picks for Attorney General.
I may not like it, Mr. Cass may not like it, but these are some of the things that have to be dealt with when the opposing party is in power and the President has less than a year left.
August 27, 2007
Updating last week’s post on Moyers’ comment on Rove’s retirement. One commenter pointed me to this post on Moyers’ blog. Then there was this post by the ombudsman, who appears to not have that great a relationship with Moyers.
I’m not sure now what information Moyers used in his characterization of Rove as an agnostic. For my part it still doesn’t matter, although claiming to be a Christian while in actuality being agnostic would be a little more serious, Rove was an advisor not an office holder. We’ve already read about cynicism in the White House toward the Christian right, so who cares?
By the way, you can see what caused all the commotion here.
August 27, 2007
OK, back to real news.
Alberto Gonzales has reportedly resigned as Attorney General.
Among those being mentioned as a possible successor were Christopher Cox, the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission and a former congressman; Michael Chertoff, the secretary of homeland security who is a former federal judge; and Larry Thompson, a former deputy attorney general.
The Journal Sentinel’s NewsWatch says that Cedarburg native Paul Clement will be named the interim U.S. attorney general once Gonzales makes his resignation official, a senior administration official said Monday.
They also give a link to his bio. Here are links to Cox, Chertoff and Thompson.
I had mixed feelings about Gonzales. He seemed like a good man, but, like many in this administration, seemed to court Congress and American public displeasure.