Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Gonzales Will Not Be Blocked

From the WaPo:

"Senate Democrats angrily denounced White House counsel Alberto R. Gonzales yesterday as an advocate of prisoner torture but said they would not block his confirmation as attorney general.

The minority Democrats briefly considered but quickly abandoned procedural delays to prevent a vote on Gonzales. Instead, they railed against President Bush's top lawyer for his role in administration legal policies that they said allowed the torture of detainees in Iraq. But they consented to a vote, likely tomorrow, at which Gonzales is expected to be confirmed.

Ultimately, Democrats concluded they had neither the votes nor the political stomach to block confirmation of Gonzales, who would be the first Hispanic to hold the nation's highest law enforcement office. After a bruising debate last week followed by the confirmation of Condoleezza Rice as the first black woman to be secretary of state, some Democrats were concerned that they would be perceived as opposing qualified minority candidates. At a private luncheon yesterday, freshman Sen. Ken Salazar (D-Colo.), who is Hispanic, defended Gonzales to Democratic colleagues.

Sen. Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), the minority leader, said a 'low' forecast was that 25 or 30 Democrats would vote against Gonzales, but it appeared yesterday Gonzales was in danger of receiving even more than the 42 'no' votes John D. Ashcroft got in 2001, the most opposition ever to a nominee to head the Justice Department."

Somebody remind me of why I'm supposed to give a rat's ass about the fate of a party that consents to the confirmation of a lawless fuck like Gonzales because opposing him might be misinterpreted by a narrow-minded sliver of the electorate who judge a nominee's worth solely on his ethnicity. The Repubs are going to steamroll this lot of lazy, frightened careerists day in and day out until the Dems finally get a clue about what it means to be the loyal opposition.


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