Hey, good stuff. Thanks Hillary:
“We cannot send a signal that the next attorney general in any way condones torture or believes that the president is unconstrained by law,” said Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York.
The Democratic front-runner said Mukasey has had plenty of chances to clarify his answers and state his opposition to interrogation techniques. “His failure to do so leaves me no choice but to oppose his nomination,” Clinton said.
Exactly. Weaseling is just not acceptable from this administration's nominees — indeed, it just has to be considered a disqualifier, particularly on this issue.
Again, both Obama and Hillary follow Chris Dodd's lead. Look, Dodd may or may not have a chance in hell at this thing, but he's really doing a great public service by being out front on issues like this. And that deserves to be noticed, and supported, and talked up, and taken seriously. I mean, we like to make fun of “Doddmania” whenever Chris does something like this — which seems to be pretty frequently — but what's wrong with the guy, exactly, except that somehow he's not a “front-tier” candidate? That's kind of self-fulfilling, isn't it?
I'm genuinely undecided, but from now on, if anyone asks, Chris Dodd is on my short list. Remind me of that — the media won't.
Now, how about that Chris Dodd carbon tax? Anyone else care to sign on to that?
Update: And now Biden opposes Mukasey as well. I'm not aware of statements from Kerry and Kennedy opposing the nomination yet; we've heard statements of “concern” from the likes of Leahy, Whitehouse, Feinstein, Specter, Snowe, and so forth. (Warning — Fox News link.)
Further Doddmania update: Political forecaster Chuck Todd and Marc Armbinder move Dodd into nicest-of-the-damned status, 4th place. This is in spite of Dodd clocking at a nice round 0% in the polls — “a lot of room to grow.” Crazy world. But hey, Wes is on board, and so is John, so attention must be paid.