Look Who’s Made the Big Time


In an article today over on MSNBC, national affairs writer Tom Curry wrote a piece titled “Judiciary Committee approves Mukasey – Latest in a string of setbacks for Bush administration foes”.

Some selected quotes (by far the easiest form of blogging known to mankind, it’s been a busy day) from the article below the fold…

Here are a few tidbits:

As expected, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to approve President Bush’s attorney general nominee, Michael Mukasey Tuesday morning.

… A day earlier, dressed in an orange jumpsuit, Maboud Ebrahimzadeh, an actor from Woodbine, Md., underwent a gruesome mock near-drowning for the news cameras in front of the Justice Department building Monday.

Coughing and gasping, he told reporters, “when water goes into your lungs you want to scream but you can’t, because you know as soon as you do, you’re going to choke. I was terrified for my life.”

This sidewalk political theater performance was a gesture of frustration from Bush administration foes, irate over last Friday’s decision by Schumer and Feinstein to support Mukasey.

This was the lead to some quotes by bloggers upset at the latest capitulation, including:

For “Big Tent Democrat” at the web site Talk Left, the headline was, “Schumer and Feinstein Say Yes to Waterboarding.”

“I never want to hear Schumer pontificate about anything again,” wrote “Big Tent Democrat.”

And a little more:

Democratic leaders in Congress have dismayed many anti-Iraq war voters by not cutting off funding for the war; by giving short-term approval to the National Security Agency’s surveillance of calls entering and leaving the United States; and, now, by paving the way for Mukasey’s confirmation.

There was additional frustration among Democratic allies when Feinstein supplied the crucial Judiciary Committee vote three weeks ago to allow Bush appeals court nominee Leslie Southwick to win confirmation.

Nothing earth shattering here for us. But it’s good to read a national mainstream news report showing there is real opposition out there to the continued capitulation from this Congress.

As usual, we are left with making sure our voices are heard and there is a written record of those who are standing up for the Constitution.

It may not seem like much, but at least it’s better than nothing.


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  1. Back to the grind.


  2. mentioned he also was quoted-

    MSNBC Quotes Me

    • Temmoku on November 7, 2007 at 23:21

    When a democracy can think that medieval torture is OK…maybe trial by water or fire is next!
    How embarrassing…I fear we have lost our way.

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