First, I’ll confess a minor bias in favor of federal judges. I’ve clerked for federal judges, and I’ve had personal interactions with quite a few of them. By no means are they all perfect, but compared to the politicians from the other two branches of government, I think they deserve a much higher degree of regard.
That said, I think liberals could do much, much worse than Michael Mukasey as AG. He’s not an idiot like Gonzo, and he’s not a partisan hack like Ted Olson or Lawrence Silberman.