I rarely cheer for either political party, but the Democrats are calling for a ‘consensus candidate’ and threatening to block Bush’s nomination if it is Ted Olson, who would be a very political nomination. I strongly support the nomination of consensus candidates over political ones, so: Go Democrats!
Democrats, including current Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, indicated they would mount strong challenges to Olson if Bush nominates him. “He is certainly not a consensus nominee,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. “He has a very political background.”
Later in the article:
If Democrats delay the nomination, [Republican Senate leader] McConnell warned, “they’ll show the American people that their concern for the department was insincere.”
It takes some serious chutzpa to attack the Democrats for showing concern about the independence and centrism of the justice department.
I can’t be the only one who thinks that the position of Attorney General, or any appointment, should not be a political appointment. There are many people that would be acceptable to almost everyone, and the president should nominate one of these candidates.