Monday, September 17, 2007

Another flop for top cop?

I don't know much about Michael Mukasey, George W. Bush's pick for attorney general. But if the BBC is correct, he's just destined to be bad:

Bush said Mr. Mukasey, 66, had the right qualifications for the job and was "clear-eyed about the threat our nation faces."

Well, that says it all, doesn't it? This is the same president who said he looked into Vladimir Putin's eyes and "saw his soul." The same one who thought the president of the Arabian Horse Association was just the man to helm FEMA. The one who defended Alberto Gonzales even after Alberto himself decided to take a hike. Who thought hiring a Fox News correspondent was the best way to give the illusion of truth-telling. The one who sees nothing wrong with people like Harriet Miers, Monica Goodling, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and Ted Haggard influencing the politics of this country by sheer force of sycophantic cronyism.

When it comes to vision, Bush is running about 20/20,000. With such terrible vision, it's a wonder anyone let him pretend to be a fighter pilot.

Maybe the clear-eyed comment is a tacit admission on Bush's part that he needs someone to see the terror threat that way, because he can't. Oh, wait, no it isn't! The BBC describes Mukasey as "conservative but non-partisan." Which almost makes one want a partisan Republican, because at least then you know what you're getting.

Regardless of which interchangeable crony Bush puts in the attorney general seat, the message is this: Don't break the law. And don't do anything that might arbitrarily become against the law later.


Nathan said...

Just like to point out that he was first suggested for this position, and was previously suggested as a nominee for the Supreme Court, by a Democrat, Senator Charles Schumer of New York.

Not that necessarily means much.

Cajun Tiger said...

It means that Ian will ignore that tidbit b/c it doesn't fit into his anything Bush does is wrong mindset and anyone he nominates is automatically in the same league as satan.

Ian McGibboney said...

Like I said, I don't know much yet about the guy. What I am familiar with is Bush's tendency to appoint cronies and others who are pathetically loyal to his administration. There's nothing to suggest to me that he's suddenly going to have a change of heart now. That strikes me more than the party of whoever suggested the man in the first place.

I hope I'm wrong. You'll get to gloat and we'll have a better attorney general than the previous two. And we'll all be happy.