November 2nd, 2007
06:00 PM ET
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Bush AG nominee gets key Democratic support

Michael Mukasey, left, talks with Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Two Democratic senators said Friday they would vote for President Bush's nominee for attorney general, Michael Mukasey, hours after the chairman of the Judiciary Committee announced his opposition to the nominee.

Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California and Charles Schumer of New York announced they would support the retired federal judge from New York.

Feinstein and Schumer are members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is scheduled to vote on the Mukasey nomination Tuesday.

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  1. doc75

    Mukasey was reluctantly nominated by Bush as a compromise candidate for DoJ. Someone who would be cautious, moderate, understand the interworkings of DoJ and bring healing to an organization torn up by the politics and incompetence of Alberto Gonzalez. Makes sense to me. However, the Dems have now played the politics card and are aiming to defeat his nomination to satisfy the ever-increasing appetite of its extreme left-wing base. If that happens, Bush should recess appoint a staunch conservative like Ted Olsen in retaliation. The atmosphere in Washington is increasing poisonous and only getting worse as we approach 2008.

    November 2, 2007 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  2. T. Tim, Lodi, WI

    W rolls over the Dems once again. Shame on you Feinstein and Schumer!!! With politicians like these two who needs an opposition party?

    November 2, 2007 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  3. Sue in Michigan

    All they want is for him to say that water-boarding is torture. Is that too much to ask? Oh. I forgot "We do not torture." Sorry, but yes we do. I want to hear no more about Hillary's "double talk" until someone, anyone, calls this administration to task for their continual lying, as if they think we are all dumb as mud and only the almighty DECIDER can take care of us. They scare me to death, and if this man cannot be trusted to call a spade a spade, why will he be any better than Gonzalez?

    November 2, 2007 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  4. Jay, Kenosha, WI

    Immediately the far left folks attack their own for allowing something in Washington to get done. Democrats are in a real pickle trying to cater to their fanatical Anti-Bush base while not appearing obstructionist to moderate swing voters.

    November 2, 2007 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  5. Scott, Madison, WI

    The Democrats are spineless, soulless bags of wind and do not deserve control of the Congress or the White House. THIS is an example of "leadership"? I'm so tired of the same old dialogue (read: excuses) from Pelosi, Reid, Kennedy and their ilk. They are as delusional as Bush and Cheney combined if they think this shameful – (more like SHAMful) – behavior and selling out over the FISA bill justifies earning the support and respect to run this country. No thank you, I'll pass (or not vote)! This is the last straw among many – since the Dems took control of Congress – for this life-long Democrat. Your hopeless game of rollover has gone too far! So long party of no principles or moral center. Call me when you grow a pair and can PROVE TO ME WHAT YOU REALLY STAND FOR! If you can't stand up to this administration, how the hell are you going to stand up to any other conflict from outside of your own party or government?
    Sad ...

    November 2, 2007 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  6. erika morgan black dimond wa

    The man won't take a stand on the moral question of "water-boarding is torture"? how can it be more clear? The Bushies are hoodwinking the US Senate again and they have learned nothing in the last 7 years, Feinstein and Schumer and others just roll over for these criminals to continue dissolving the constitution and trampling what was once our good name. I think we have foxes watching the hen house. Politician means you are to persuade your colleagues to accept your constituents point of view, this is what we 70% of the American public think you are to do for your pay, what is the hold up?

    November 2, 2007 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  7. It can not be too soon for Barack Obama

    What is happening to The United States of America? When did we become so afraid of anything that we are willing to torture people for information that has been proven unreliable when obtained in such a way.

    Where is our heart?

    Reject the fear tactics that we've been fed since 9/11. We are less safe now than we were on 9/12 because of this.

    Is there a voice of sanity anywhere in our government?

    November 2, 2007 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  8. Markie Bee, Sacramento , Calif.

    Dianne Feinstein has screwed her California constituents AGAIN!!! Please Gov. Schwarzenegger, run against her. Return to your SoCal home and take her on. You'd kick her butt and she could retire with all the blood money her husband made selling arms to the US military.

    November 2, 2007 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  9. Lioness, Washington DC

    I am disgusted with Feinstein and Schumer – after all the criticism they correctly lobbed at Gonzales, they are now prepared to vote for yet another torture apologist.

    Feinstein lost half of my support when she said that Hillary's gender should be a reason for people to support her – a lazy, facile statement that is sexist because it suggests that Hillary's gender, and not her policies (whatever these are), are the salient issue. Sexist, IMO.

    And now, with this Mukasey support, Feinstein is officially off my list of likeable senators.

    November 2, 2007 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  10. thebusinessman

    Democrats can not be trusted with our security..

    November 2, 2007 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  11. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    Chuck's a hard-nosed thinker that has good reason for wanting Mukasy. I'm sure the private discussions wouldn't sit well with the extremes of both parties. I trust Chuck. I'm sure he made the right decision.

    November 2, 2007 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  12. david houston texas

    A couple of winks and a skull and bones handshake did it. The poison does go very very deep, citizen.

    November 2, 2007 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  13. Buck, Asheboro, NC

    Disgusting! There is no two party system in America unless it is the ruling class and everyone else.

    November 2, 2007 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  14. D. Endo, Honolulu HI

    Shame on Schumer and Feinstein! Another example of the weakness of the Democrats. They continue to show no spine in standing up to this torturing and lying administration. Another victory for the bushies.

    November 2, 2007 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  15. Jerry, Valencia, ca.

    Just one more yes man for Bush

    November 3, 2007 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  16. Tony, Enterprise, Alabama

    I am very disappointed that Senator's Feinstein and Schumer have decided that Judge Mukasey is acceptable.

    If he cannot determine now that waterboarding is torture, how will he be able to decide the tough issues facing the DOJ if he is confirmed?

    There is not much time left in this administration, but there is still plenty of time for them to further damage the constitution, the country and the world.

    This man should be sent back to retirement.

    November 3, 2007 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  17. Karen,ny

    I would never even think of supporting anyone that Bush nominated and I am very disappointed that Charles Schumer would support Michael Mukasey. We have had enough of Bush's nominees.

    November 3, 2007 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  18. alan St Louis MO

    Democrats need to clean house

    Dems you need to start pulling sponsorship from Dems that been bought off by corpate republicans.

    November 3, 2007 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  19. jw, canadian,ok

    Roll over Dems, tell Bush the news, Himmler can now be confirmed.

    November 3, 2007 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  20. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    If Alito had admitted being "closetted" do you think the republicans would have supported him? The "waterboarding" issue cut both ways. Chuck picked him, not Bush.

    November 3, 2007 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  21. dukesjames griffin ga.

    Americans should demand that thier elected congress members put the need and concerns of the american first and fore-most, no one should be put before the american in need be that a jew or asian or any-other. No member of the united states congress should be other-directed such a member or members should be kicked out of the united states congress. No country should be put before the united states NO COUNTRY-NO PEOPLE NONE WHAT SO EVER. NO -NOTHING SHOULD BE CONSIDERED FOR ANY REASON BEFFORE THE NEED OF ONE AMERICAN CITIZEN- AMERICA FIRST.

    November 3, 2007 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  22. Rob Hollywood, CA

    Pssst, Hillary, try one of these..
    "Politics of personal distruction"
    "Politics of division"
    "Politics of partisanship"
    "Politics of injustice"
    "Politics of obsurity"
    "Politics of meatheads"

    November 3, 2007 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  23. jenny, worcester MA

    it's high time for people to start a new party as a real alternative to the status quo. surely there must be competent individuals who can run against schumer and feinstein and kick them out of the senate come next election. remember, people, how schumer and feinstein voted on this issue, and spread the word, to make sure that they'll be gone asap.

    November 3, 2007 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  24. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    Good luck with that from Mass. I don't think you have much chance of that one. Chuck's safe and secure even if YOU don't know the reasoning behind his decision. This person has made him secure in his decision,Chuck doesn't sell out.

    November 3, 2007 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  25. Patrick, Tulsa Oklahoma

    I'm ashamed of everyone on here who in their own words would "never support a nominee of Bush." How close minded can you get? It's called a democracy we elect a president (twice) and he gets to do things like pick an AG. It's up to the senate to confirm that AG, the two democratic senators who voted for him obviously have more information than you do about his qualifications and probably are in a better position to make a judgement call about him. I generally always applaud senators who cross party lines to do the right thing instead of pander to their far left/right base.

    November 3, 2007 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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