Mukasey will assuredly be confirmed as he was on the Democrat’s short list of possible AG candidates, and within an hour or so after Sunday’s leak of Mukasey’s name, Chuck Schumer was already gushing mightily over him.
The guy is reputed to be a fair-minded, smart, experienced judge, committed in general to the rule of law.
But, before we issue any blank checks, let’s look a bit further.
So, who is Mukasey? You tell me.
Here’s my first bounce take. Ninety percent good, conservative jurist. That other ten percent? A bit too willing to trust the administration on issues relating to terrorism. And anybody who doesn’t trust Bush Co on such issues…well, they just don’t get it.
More recently, a statute called the USA Patriot Act has become the focus of a good deal of hysteria, some of it reflexive, much of it recreational.
My favorite example is the well-publicized resolution of the American Library Association condemning what the librarians claim to believe is a section of the statute that authorizes the FBI to obtain library records and to investigate people based on the books they take out. Some of the membership have announced a policy of destroying records so that they do not fall into the hands of the FBI.
In addition to the library association, many towns and villages across the country, notably Berkeley, Calif., and Amherst, Mass., have announced that they will not cooperate with any effort to gather evidence under the statute. A former vice president has called for the statute’s repeal, and a former presidential candidate has called the act “morally wrong,” “shameful” and “unconstitutional.”
Right. Hysterical librarians. Berkeley and Amherst. In other words, (gasp) liberals who are too stupid to read the Patriot act…and who don’t understand the dangers that the Big Boys see.
Oh, please. I’ve got news, Michael, honey. Among those “hysterical” library associations who passed resolutions stating that they would not adhere to section 215 of the Patriot Act, you’ll find associations from the state of Montana, and that hoary bastion of crazy liberalism, Idaho (credit where credit is due, Larry Craig was supportive of Idaho’s librarians), and Georgia, North Carolina, Utah, North Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming….and all the rest on this list.
But, hell, I’m sure they didn’t read it, (and don’t get it). They’re only librarians.
In short: although, in many ways Mukasey seems to be a reasonably independent thinker, he has blind spots. He’s not a Bush insider, which is a relief. And he’s actually far better than the first names floated. But, still I say cuidado.
What do you say?