Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Tough questions await Gonzales

...which, apparently, will be followed by a rapid confirmation in the Senate. From USA Today:

"Gonzales, 49, will face a barrage of questions about a January 2002 memo in which he called the war on terrorism "a new kind of war" that requires the United States to go to unusual lengths to get information about potential terrorist plots. Gonzales said the 'new paradigm' had made the internationally recognized Geneva Conventions' limitations on questioning enemy prisoners 'obsolete' and that some Geneva restrictions were now 'quaint.'

Gonzales is expected to win confirmation this month and become the first Hispanic to be the nation's chief law enforcement officer. But it's clear that Gonzales first will have to face questions about what he really thinks about how detainees should be treated and about whether he would be independent enough as attorney general to put the brakes on policies that could damage the USA's international reputation as a protector of individual liberties.

'The president did not choose a noted jurist or prosecutor. He chose a political person who has been by his side for years,' says Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., a Judiciary Committee member.

New York Democrat Charles Schumer, a Senate Judiciary Committee member, says that as White House counsel Gonzales has helped to fill federal judgeships in New York with 'mainstream' appointees. 'He likes to work with people and come up with compromises. He's not a confrontational guy like (John) Ashcroft,' the outgoing attorney general. But Gonzales is 'very loyal to the president.'"

Wow. Powerful stuff. Thanks, Dick. Thanks, Chuck.

No wonder Republicans hold so many prayer breakfasts. Guys like Frist and DeLay, who demonstrate their willingness to lie, cheat, steal, bite, kick, eye-gouge and anything else necessary to win 24/7, must wake up every morning itching to thank the Supreme Being for giving them lame-ass politcal opposition like the current Dems in the Senate.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

My guess is that "Anything Goes" used his predecessor to obtain (or perhaps fabricate) snapshots of Schumer doing the nasty with Ed Koch. That would be enough to get anybody to roll over on his nomination.

11:08 PM  

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