Just breaking on CNN that Republicans on the Judiciary Committee have blocked the confirmation of Eric Holder for Attorney General for one week. Apparently the big show stopped was rather or not he would prosecute people involved with torture (imagine that).
This leads me to a couple of points:
What do the Republicans have against a black man becoming AG? Isn’t that the same thing they said with the Burris Senate appointment when Democrats weren’t going to seat him?
Also – how can we survive without an AG during this time of terrorism? We heard that repeatedly from Republicans when it came to the confirmation of Michael Mukasey.
Think Progress points out the following from John Cornyn:
“It could well be there will be a request to delay the markup for a week so those questions can be asked and answered,” Cornyn said. “Part of my concern relates to his statements at the hearing with regard to torture and what his intentions are toward our intelligence personnel who were operating in good faith based on their understanding of what the law was.”
You know, I decided to rob a bank because I thought the law said it was ok if I needed to eat. I guess I shouldn’t be prosecuted either. And isn’t it funny how the same one holding up this confirmation is the same person that held up Clinton’s. Keep obstructing and 2010 will be a year of a super-majority for Democrats in the Senate.