WASHINGTON (AP) – Michael Mukasey drew closer to becoming attorney general Friday after two key Senate Democrats said they would vote for him despite his refusal to say whether waterboarding is torture.
The decision by Sens. Charles Schumer and Dianne Feinstein to back President Bush’s nominee came shortly after the chairman of the committee, Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., announced he would vote against Mukasey, a former federal judge.
“This is an extremely difficult decision,” Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a statement, adding that Mukasey “is not my ideal choice.”
In announcing her support for Mukasey, Feinstein, D-Calif., said “first and foremost, Michael Mukasey is not Alberto Gonzales,” referring to the former attorney general who resigned in September after months of questions about his honesty.
Note to Mr. Schumer: It’s only your country, why hold out for the ideal?
And Ms. Feinstein: I suppose you’ll be voting for Rudy Giuliani in 2008 because “Rudy Giuliani is not George W. Bush.”
Really, people. If you’re going to sell out, you need to come up with better rationalizations. These just stink.