November 02, 2007
A New Sock Puppet in Town

The Guardian has a promising new website, Guardian America. In it Sidney Blumenthal offers a piece on how Rudy Giulianiís old pal, Michael Mukasey, has publicly revealed that he intends to be not the nationís lawyer but just another of Bushís sock puppets.

The Senate Democrats could have spared us this further indignity but a controlling majority of them are too cowardly to do so. Principal among these cowards is the revolting Charles Schumer of New York. You may have seen him once or twice on TV, where he plays a liberal.

Those with long memories may remember Schumerís shameful role in the Waco massacre, in which the Republicans played the good guys and Democrats played the cop-sniffing bullies. Chief cheerleader for those parties principally responsible ó the incompetent Janet Reno and the gutless Bill Clinton ó was then-Congressman Schumer.

This appalling and totally gratuitous slaughter led directly to the tragedy of Oklahoma City, where Timothy McVeigh blew up the Murrah Building on the anniversary of the Waco murders in a demented attempt to avenge the victims.

Back to Blumenthal:

Mukasey is not a free agent. He had been strictly briefed and in his testimony was following orders. He has avoided calling waterboarding torture because that is consistent with the administration's position and past practice. Mukasey's refusal to disavow waterboarding reveals his acceptance of his assignment to a secondary role as attorney general, an inferior agent, not a constitutional officer, to certain political appointees in the White House.

Those who are responsible for waterboarding have defined and dictated Mukasey's evasions. His acquiescence demonstrates that no one in his position could take a contrary view to that of David Addington, Vice President Cheney's former counsel and now chief of staff, who directed and coauthored the infamous memos by former deputy assistant director of the Office of Legal Counsel John Yoo justifying torture, and charged the current acting director of OLC, Stephen Bradbury, to issue new memos rationalising it.

Addington is the reigning legal authority within the administration, presiding over the attorney general no matter who would fill the job. Addington rules by decree and tantrum, intolerant of any alternative opinion, which he suppresses with intimidation and threat. Gonzales, as White House counsel and then attorney general, was the marionette of Karl Rove and Addington. Rove is gone, but Addington remains.


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at November 02, 2007 11:22 PM
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When Sidney gets pissed he drops some of that Frenchy flowerishness and goes for the gut, thus improving his writing a good deal in my opinion.

I would argue that Addington reigns because everyone with any sense of reality, i.e., Rove, has hauled ass and is attempting to regroup in a secure location. Addington, like his boss and his boss's boss, is a war criminal, and there's no statute of limitations on that, nor much support from those who realize they might be implicated.

Posted by: Chuck Dupree on November 3, 2007 2:51 AM

Oh, and is there anyone lower than Chuck Shumer? Yes, Diane Feinstein.

Posted by: Chuck Dupree on November 3, 2007 2:58 AM

Yes. Sorry Chuck, here in Golden State we've been ill served by Difi again and again. She is not even a DINO.

Posted by: myth on November 3, 2007 4:16 AM

Yeah, it's weird how San Francisco has propelled such non-San Francisco types to power.

Posted by: Chuck Dupree on November 3, 2007 6:40 AM

And Chuck Schumer shoved aside at least two well-known liberal Democrats eager to eviscerate Rick Santorum and forced conservative Democrat Bobby Casey into the Senate, where he votes against stem cell research while he waits for his next chance to run for governor.

Posted by: Joyful Alternative on November 3, 2007 11:00 PM
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