Hackery After Rove

It seems like Bush didn’t lose his political sense when he lost Karl Rove. Unless you’ve been in a cave for a day, you know he has nominated Mike Mukasey to succeed Alberto Gonzales as Attorney General. Mukasey, from the sounds of it, is a Robert Gates-like respectable conservative who nonetheless will face opposition as way for Senate Democrats to get Justice Department documents related to the US Attorney scandal. So Bush has found a way to prevent that from happening: he’s replaced the previous reasonable conservative pick for acting AG, Paul Clement, with a Paul Keisler, a Miguel Estrada-like far-right ideologue. So he’s forcing Senate Democrats to choose between getting the information they need about the US Attorneys and getting a half-way sane attorney general. It’s awful, but I have to admit it’s pretty impressive politicking.

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