Senate Leaders to Oppose Ted Olson as Attorney General

Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid warned President Bush today not to nominate Ted Olson as Attorney General:

"Ted Olson will not be confirmed," Reid, D-Nev., said in a written statement. "I intend to do everything I can to prevent him from being confirmed as the next attorney general."

Sen. Patrick Leahy also said Olson would face a tough challenge. Leahy was a principal objector to Olson's confirmation as Solicitor General.

Some Republicans are suggesting that if Olson isn't acceptable, Sen. Orrin Hatch should take the position. Why would Hatch resign his senate seat to be Attorney General for a year and a half?

Alberto Gonzales resignation is effective Monday.

Update: Dave Neiwert has much more at Firedoglake today on why Olson should not be our Attorney General. And Marcy has an op-ed in the Guardian, They Have to Be Kidding.

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    pyrrhic victory (3.00 / 1) (#8)
    by diogenes on Wed Sep 12, 2007 at 07:50:36 PM EST
    Stopping the competent but partisan Olsen will set the public precedent for blocking Hillary's partisan choice as attorney general in 2009.  

    Bush has earned (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by glanton on Wed Sep 12, 2007 at 08:07:02 PM EST
    Harsh scrutiny vis a vis all confirmations. He's on his 7th year as President.

    Your comment ignores reality.


    Won't be enough votes to stop HRC's moderate AG (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by Molly Bloom on Wed Sep 12, 2007 at 08:51:02 PM EST
    The receipt for rabbit stew.... (none / 0) (#11)
    by jimakaPPJ on Thu Sep 13, 2007 at 08:03:33 AM EST
    first you win the election..

    Its his hypothetcal, not mine (none / 0) (#12)
    by Molly Bloom on Thu Sep 13, 2007 at 03:10:21 PM EST
    But wearing my Carnac hat,  I believe unless something radical happens a Democrat will occupy the oval office come 2009 with larger majorities in the congress. I further see Democrats branding their opponents as George W Bush Republicans and wininng for serveral elections thereafter.

    well, that's some pleasant news (none / 0) (#1)
    by scribe on Wed Sep 12, 2007 at 05:05:39 PM EST
    Harry Reid says "I found and will use my spine."

    More of the same, please, Democrats!

    I'd prefer he apply that spine to (none / 0) (#3)
    by oculus on Wed Sep 12, 2007 at 05:22:01 PM EST
    getting the U.S. military out of Iraq ASAP.  

    Give him a chance - (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by scribe on Wed Sep 12, 2007 at 05:25:47 PM EST
    this is a new experience and he needs to get used to the feel of having and using a spine.

    I suppose, like teaching a kid to walk, if we keep encouraging him that he'll get the hang of it.


    I agree (none / 0) (#5)
    by Maryb2004 on Wed Sep 12, 2007 at 05:27:48 PM EST
    Let him stand up to Bush once and he'll see how good it feels.  He won't just want to do it again, he'll need to do it again.

    I suppose its possible to do two (none / 0) (#6)
    by oculus on Wed Sep 12, 2007 at 05:42:47 PM EST
    things at once.

    well... (5.00 / 2) (#7)
    by Maryb2004 on Wed Sep 12, 2007 at 06:17:14 PM EST
    if one is a woman it is ...

    Hah! (none / 0) (#2)
    by joejoejoe on Wed Sep 12, 2007 at 05:08:02 PM EST
    Senate Republicans want a more partisan ranking member on the Judiciary Committee - even if it costs the GOP a Senate seat. They must know they are going to be in the minority for a long time.