November 9th, 2007
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Michael Mukasey confirmed as attorney general

Waterboarding threatened to derail the approval of President Bush's nominee to lead the Justice Department.

(CNN) - After weeks of controversy over Michael Mukasey's views on waterboarding, the Senate late Thursday approved the former judge's nomination for attorney general by a 53-40 vote.

President Bush nominated Mukasey to replace longtime ally Alberto Gonzales, who resigned in September.

The nomination had been considered at risk after a number of Democratic senators opposed Mukasey because of questions that arose from his views on the terror interrogation technique known as waterboarding and the president's power to order electronic surveillance.

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    so what. who cares? a one year term, big deal.

    November 9, 2007 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  2. Jay Kingston

    Thank God this man was approved! Kudos to Senators Dianne Feinstein and Schumer for doing the right thing. Mukasey will right the ship of the justice department very fast.

    November 9, 2007 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  3. JD Rugby ND

    Will he, or will he not, make a statement on the legality of waterboarding?

    November 9, 2007 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  4. therealist

    aaaaah, another dem political witch hunt comes to an end. What will the Harry and Nancy show do now? The people's work perhaps? Naaaa, another dubious assist to our enemies in Iraq is more their style..

    November 9, 2007 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  5. Karen,ny

    Another Republican in office. Another old man with old ideas. Nothing will be right as usual. They are all not good for this country. There is nothing we can do to stop Bush.

    November 9, 2007 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  6. Carolyn, FL

    A defender of torture and the status quo of the Bush Administration. Why is it that no one trusts our politicians and government – take this confirmation as one example! Maybe now though, Mukasey will learn what waterboard is although I'm sure he probably already know the Bush Administration believes in it and uses it.

    November 9, 2007 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  7. Kate, Aurora CO

    This has convinced me the Democrats have no spines. This man was not the appropriate choice for this position. Do research people. He supports the Patriot Act, you know the one that takes away many of our civil liberties, he supports torture of suspected terrorists (if we condone torture on them, then we can't cry when they do the same to our military), and he supports Giuliani, which speaks volumes to this former New Yorker. It is a shame we took one step forward with Gonzales' resignation but now we have taken 3 steps back with this nomination.

    November 9, 2007 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. Hank, Fort Myers, Fl

    This guys not going to bring on any major changes–he is simply going to be a caretaker–same old cronies and RNC whiz-kids in the Executive Office will be calling the shots on the issues that have concerned us all. He clearly was picked because he was non-controversial. Nobody would believe this man in his retirement–came back to be a Mr. Fix-It for the Department of Justice. If G.W. wanted to fix the justice department he would have put some other type of pressure on Gonzales in the first place, instead of influencing him to skirt the constitution, etc. to meet the administrations definitions of employee management/placement practices, justice and constitutionality (which by the way..are really scary). Granted, it probably won't get any worse on his watch. But don't look for a tighter ship...until the next administration moves in with a big broom.

    November 9, 2007 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  9. BCNU purple state, usa

    Will he, or will he not, make a statement on the legality of waterboarding?
    Posted By JD Rugby ND : November 9, 2007 10:00 am

    He's awaiting Hillary's clarification on dirver's licenses before issuing his statement.

    November 9, 2007 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  10. Phil Chicago, Ill

    Mukasey confirmed: THANKS DEMOCRATS!

    Cheney Impeachment killed: THANKS DEMOCRATS!

    Kyl-Lieberman Resolution against Iran: THANKS DEMOCRATS!

    Reaffirming the Patriot Act: THANKS DEMOCRATS!

    18% Congressional Approval rating: THANKS DEMOCRATS!

    November 9, 2007 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. T. Tim, Lodi, Wi

    A judge who can't categorically declare that waterboarding is torture is like a hunter who
    can't say bears you-know-what in the woods.
    The US a nation of laws and not wo/men? Yeh,
    sure ...

    November 9, 2007 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  12. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    Once again the Democratic majority have acted like cowards who refuse to sep up for what they believe. Schummer and Fienstein should be ashamed that they let this creatures nomintation make it out of committee. Schummer's support was somewhat shocking. Feinstein has always been more Republican than Democrat. Another Bush lapdog.

    November 9, 2007 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. David, Dallas Tx

    Kate from Aurora said, This has convinced me the Democrats have no spines.

    My first reaction was the same. However, you must remember that Bush stated that if Mukasey wasn't confirmed, he would nominate no other candidates, leaving the acting AG in place for the rest of Bush's term.

    Which is worse? An acting AG that Bush appointed? Or an AG that Bush nominated and the Congress confirmed?

    Likely none, I'll concede. But on the outside chance that said individual DID want to challenge Bush's actions, the guy confirmed by the Senate would have more independence to do so.

    With this president, that's not a small consideration. I'd have voted him in as well, no matter how antagonistic I am towards an AG who doesn't have the guts to say that waterboarding is torture and the US shouldn't engage in it.

    November 9, 2007 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  14. David, Dallas Tx

    Jay Kingston said, Mukasey will right the ship of the justice department very fast.

    Another Bush appointee who refuses to state that the US shouldn't engage in various forms of torture....

    Why do you think he will be any different than Gonzales?

    November 9, 2007 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  15. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Stop complaining about Bush's republican pick, Affirmative Action is not in law anymore. Think about it.

    November 9, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. John K. Riggs Buzzard Gulch Texas

    Years ago Rudy would dress up in lingerie and Mucousasey would waterboard him. Rudy loved it so its OK.

    November 9, 2007 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  17. sally

    And the world weeps.

    November 9, 2007 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |