For most of my lifetime most Republicans have been scoundrels and I have never gone far wrong simply assuming they were scoundrels until they proved themselves sensible citizens (as once upon a time some indeed managed to do). But now to be a Republican seems to be worse than to be a scoundrel, but something like an actual agent of evil, some kind of rampaging force for tyranny, confiscation, corruption, and hate. I'm flabbergasted to find myself living in a day in which I can say that I am unsurprised to find not a single member of the Republican party voting against a man who has formally endorsed torture becoming Attorney General of the United States.
And now, even more unfathomably, here are the Democrats who voted YES for Mukasey (among them the abominable snake Feinstein, eternal hack, Patroness of the Bomb-Builders, indifferent altogether to the sentiments of the State she claims to "represent," my own California):
Glenn Greenwald Writes:
[C]hief Mukasey supporter Chuck Schumer… before voting for him, said that Mukasey is "wrong on torture -- dead wrong." Marvel at that phrase: "wrong on torture." Six years ago, there wasn't even any such thing as being "wrong on torture," because "torture" wasn't something we debated. It would have been incoherent to have heard: "Well, he's dead wrong on torture, but . . . "
Now, "torture" is not only something we openly debate, but it's something we do. And the fact that someone is on the wrong side of the "torture debate" doesn't prevent them from becoming the Attorney General of the United States. It's just one issue, like any other issue… and just because someone is "dead wrong" on one little issue (torture) hardly disqualifies them from High Beltway Office.
Oh, as for the timorous paragons of righteous "realpolitik" who chose not to vote on this insignificant little matter: