Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Leahy: The Rhetoric of Power (or Having Enough Votes)

Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has started the cheer leading for U.S. Attorney General nominee Eric Holder and the quality of his argumentation reveals that it really is all about Democratic control of the Senate and having the votes to do whatever you want:

Leahy: “[Senator Specter] strongly supported, in fact he was the lead supporter in the United States Senate, of Alberto Gonzales. I disagreed with him on Alberto Gonzales. I feel that if he strongly supported Mr. Gonzales, who turned out to be a disaster as attorney general and was eventually forced out by President Bush, I would think that he would be very happy to support Eric Holder.”

Translation: I would prefer to scrutinize the judgement of someone else, not the judgment of Mr. Holder.

Leahy: “If people want to go and rehash and rehash, they have a right to ..."

Translation: I have no desire to scrutinize the judgment of the person trying to become the Nation's top law enforcement officer, so why should anyone else?

Leahy: "Now, I disagreed with President Clinton on [the Rich pardon]. But if you’re going to disagree with someone, disagree with President Clinton. He’s the one that issued the pardons, not Eric Holder."

Translation: Mr. Holder is not responsible for any documented, clear instance of poor judgment while serving as deputy attorney general and directing the pardon program.

Leahy: "Don’t make this a hearing where you’re trying to get at Bill Clinton, who’s no longer in office, through Eric Holder."

Translation: I would rather make hearing about Gonzalez, or Bush, or anyone, or anything but Holder's judgement.

Leahy: "This is an indication of Eric Holder's objectivity and his ability to call it as he sees it and to play it straight."

Translation: I don't have a clue about Holder's involvement the March Rich and FALN terrorist pardons and I will do everything within my power to make sure no one else does either.

Leahy: "I feel strongly, both as a senator and a former prosecutor that the Department of Justice has to be restored to its independence, to its non-partisan nature."

Translation: We have the votes. Eat it Republicans.

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