Then [November 2007]:
Democratic Sens. Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.) and Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) showed such courage Friday when they announced their support for attorney-general nominee Michael B. Mukasey. Both are members of the Judiciary Committee, which is scheduled to vote Tuesday on Mr. Mukasey's nomination. It is likely that their support salvaged Mr. Mukasey's nomination, imperiled because he would not state outright that the interrogation method known as waterboarding, or simulated drowning, is illegal. While we, like Mr. Schumer, Ms. Feinstein and others, would have wished for such an answer, supplying it would have put Mr. Mukasey in conflict with Justice Department memos that likely allow the technique -- memos that those who may have carried out or authorized waterboarding relied on for legal protection. Both Mr. Schumer and Ms. Feinstein cited Mr. Mukasey's intellect, his stellar qualifications and his reputation for being straightforward and independent as reasons to support his nomination.
Attorney General Michael Mukasey announced today that no Justice Department employees are likely to be prosecuted on charges that they allowed political considerations to influence department hires.
This, despite a pair of recent inspector general reports that concluded that at as many as six justice officials illegally allowed the political views of prospective employees to be factored into hiring decisions.
We knew it then and what we knew then did come to pass.
I don't want Dem leaders who think that somehow a conservative will change his behavior. I don't care if Schumer and Mukasey suckled from the same teat or gave each other handjobs at university. People like Schumer and Feinstein are political dinosaurs and are being played for fools by the Rethugs. It's time to get rid of Dems who still believe the Republican Party is merely the embodiment of a different political ideology. The Republican Party is a criminal organization that has been able to change the laws and abuse the Constitution to rob the American people.
Perhaps now, Schumer and Feinstein will get it but I seriously doubt they have the ability. It's time for leaders who grasp the reality as it is today. The Republicans do not have the best interests of the American people at heart. Power and money are their only motivations.