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Sunday, September 16, 2007

President Bush nominates Mukasey for AG

We would have preferred Ted Olson, but Michael Mukasey will do with less than sixteen months left in the president's term:

President Bush nominated Michael Mukasey on Monday to be the next attorney general, calling the retired federal district judge a candidate with strong credentials in national security and fairness.

"As the nation's chief law enforcement officer, the attorney general has an especially vital role to play in a time of war ... when we face the challenge of protecting our people on a daily basis from deadly enemies while at the same time protecting our freedom," Bush said in the announcement made from the White House Rose Garden.

"Judge Mukasey brings impressive credentials to this task," he said.

Bush pointed to Mukasey's 18 years of service on the federal bench at the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York, where he earned a "reputation as a tough but fair judge."

Bush said Mukasey's oversight of the the high-profile case against the plotters of the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center is a prime example of his understanding of national security problems.

"This was one of the most important terrorism cases in our nation's history," Bush said, adding that the appeals court that upheld his decision took special note to mention his "outstanding achievement in the face of challenges far beyond those normally endured by a trial judge."

"He knows what it takes to fight this war effectively, and he knows how to do it in a manner that is consistent with our laws and our Constitution," Bush said, urging the Senate to confirm Mukasey quickly.

Michael Mukasey is a good pick for the administration, and he is strong on the one issue that still holds America's attention -- the war. He will take his duties seriously, and I doubt we'll see the gaffes from him that we saw from Gonzales, including a hand-in-hand refusal between Justice, DHS, and ICE to enforce the laws we have on the books with regard to illegal immigration. (And yes folks I did see and hear Rudy's recent interview with Hugh where the subject came up, and I completely disagree with the former mayor.)

Allah has more thoughts on Mukasey over at Hot Air. He also notes the the line of attack some on the Left might take, but given Schumer's acceptance of him, and Harry Reid's congratulatory statement on the president "listening" to Congress, I doubt they'll get much traction in attacking him. What should concern conservatives is how welcomed he is for this position. Even Nan Aron likes the guy, but if he stays solid on the war, and abides by the laws on the books, then he should have no problem for the remainder of the president's term.

We still would have preferred Olson, but given the fact he is working on Rudy's campaign, and if Rudy wins, he might be the mayor's AG pick, that's fine by us. He'll have his chance then.

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