Swap Mukasey for Lynch, Bush for Obama, Torture for Immigration and Republicans for Democrats
With the President's nominee for Attorney General languishing in the Senate, John Cornyn (R-TX) issued this statement:
"Throughout her career, Loretta Lynch has proven to be an independent voice for justice and a strong advocate for the United States Constitution. Her experience and qualifications as a lawyer, prosecutor and dedicated advocate for the rule of law are unimpeachable and undeniable.
"This position is critical for our continued prosecution of the war on terror. Ms. Lynch's bipartisan support is a recognition that she is the right woman for this job and will do what is needed to protect America's national security.
"My colleagues in the majority party made clear earlier this year that partisan politics have no place in the Department of Justice - this nomination is an opportunity to put those words into action.
"Loretta Lynch's nomination has been delayed now for almost seven weeks. It is imperative that the President has his national security team at full strength and the unnecessary delay of Ms. Lynch's nomination has prevented that. She deserves an immediate up-or-down vote by the full Senate." [Emphasis mine.]
Wait a second. "Delayed now for almost seven weeks?" I just checked the date on that statement. Cornyn, the number two Republican in the Senate, released it on November 6, 2007. The President he was talking about was George W. Bush and not Barack Obama. The nominee was Judge Michael Mukasey and not Loretta Lynch. Democrats, not Republicans, were the new Senate majority. The partisan issue was the Bush administration's illegal regime of detainee torture, not executive action on immigration.
And one other thing. Mukasey was confirmed when the Democratic-controlled Senate held that up-or-down vote after 53 days.