The US Senate late Thursday confirmed Michael Mukasey as the country’s new attorney general, despite criticism of his refusal to say whether an interrogation method called “waterboarding” was legal.
Mukasey was confirmed on a 53 to 40 vote in the Democrat-controlled senate.
President George W. Bush’s pick for the country’s top law enforcement officer had appeared to be in jeopardy until this week because Mukasey had declined to declare that waterboarding was torture and therefore illegal.
For the first time in his seven-year presidency, the US House of Representatives voted Thursday to override a veto by President George W. Bush.
In an effort to force through the 23 billion dollar “Water Resources Development Act” to fund numerous water projects, the Democrat-controlled House voted 361-54 — more than the two-thirds required — to override Bush’s veto last week of the bill.
Bush had condemned the bill, backed by both Democrats and members of Bush’s Republican party, as being too lavish and packed with plumb projects for members’ districts.
The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee said Sunday he is bothered by Michael Mukasey’s refusal to say whether waterboarding is torture but will support his nomination for attorney general anyway.
Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., joins two key Senate Democrats in saying he will back Mukasey because the retired judge has said that if Congress passes a law banning waterboarding, “the president would have absolutely no legal authority to ignore such a law.”
John McCain has stocked his arsenal with a variety of weapons over the years, like fists when he was in school and bombs when he was at war. But his WMD is a mouth that won’t quit. He possesses wisecracks of mass destruction.
Who else would refer to the Arizona retirement community of Leisure World as “Seizure World,” as he did in his first Senate campaign? Just for fun, out loud? He couldn’t help himself. (He won anyway.)
Consider McCain’s life as a series of impolitic one-liners, each one illuminating complex threads of the past.
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is looking for sympathy, support and political cover as her rivals show the temerity to run aggressively against the Democratic presidential front-runner. But don’t feel sorry for her — Clinton is no stranger to “piling on.”
In fact, she’s an expert at it.
Ask anybody who stood on the marble floor of the state Capitol rotunda in 1990 and heard the click, clack, click of her low-heeled shoes approach the news conference of Tom McRae, a mild-mannered public servant who had the nerve to challenge then-Gov. Bill Clinton of Arkansas for re-election.