Friday, November 9, 2007

More on Mukasey's confirmation...

All the Republicans who were in attendance voted for Mukasey. John McCain did not vote; neither did the junior Texas senator John Cornyn, who has been one of the most loyal Bush supporters to date, or Lamar Alexander of Tennessee.

Christopher Dodd, who made all that noise about standing against Mukasey on the torture issue, didn't both showing up to vote. Neither did Clinton, Obama, or Biden.

Not counting Lieberman (who isn't a Democrat, whatever he claims), the following six- not three, SIX- Democrats voted to approve Mukasey:

Bayh of Indiana
Tom Carper of Delaware
Diane Feinstein of California
Mary Landrieu of Louisiana
Ben Nelson of Nebraska
Chuck Schumer of New York

Just out of curiosity, I went back to an old LJ post of mine to look up which, if any, of these Senators voted for the Military Commissions Act of 2006, which gives Bush full authority to lock up anyone he sees fit at will, without due process or habeas corpus, torture 'em, and then prevent any prosecutions of any individuals for torture.

Carper, Landrieu, and Ben Nelson did indeed vote for it. These, then, are your pro-torture Democratic Senators. The other three, presumably, voted for Mukasey for the reasons they gave in debate; because Bush would leave a "pro-tem" attorney general in office who would act as his puppet for the rest of his term.

Of course, that ignores the fact that Mukasey will ALSO be Bush's puppet, as his testimony clearly demonstrated...

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