AG Appointment; How Low Can You Go?

Look, I am not an old man, but at 38 years of age I still can remember a time when people of opposing political philosophies could still be civil. I know there was a time when every single photo op, media appearance or newspaper quote was not an overt attempt to shill for an extreme ideology. I do remember that don’t I?

Maybe I am going crazy but it seems to me that we are no longer capable of making political decisions in this country that are in the best interest of the public. Every damned one has to be based on furthering some ridiculously extreme idealogical fetish.

Case in point, when faced with the choice of replacing the most incompetent Attorney General in modern history one would think this President would put up a better list of choices than dumb, dumber or dumberer.

President Bush is expected to choose a replacement for Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales by the middle of next week, and former solicitor general Theodore B. Olson has emerged as one of the leading contenders for the job, according to sources inside and outside the government who are familiar with White House deliberations.

Other candidates still in the running include former deputy attorney general George J. Terwilliger III and D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Laurence H. Silberman, according to the sources, who declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the discussions.

I mean seriously, Ted Olson? One look at his his Wikipedia entry and you would think he was the founder of the American Enterprise Institute.

Born in Chicago, Olson completed his undergraduate degree at the University of the Pacific. After earning his law degree from Boalt Hall at the University of California, Berkeley, he worked as an associate and a partner in the Los Angeles, CA office of the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. He then served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Reagan administration before returning to private practice as a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of his former law firm. While serving in the Reagan administration, Olson had defended President Reagan during the Iran-Contra affair.

Olson had also gained notability by acting as attorney for convicted spy Jonathan Pollard while he was in private practice. Olson had appealed to United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit claiming that during Pollard’s trial, the life sentence he received was in violation of the plea bargain agreement, which had specifically taken life off the table. Olson also argued that in violation of said plea bargain, that was grounds for a mistrial. The Court of Appeals, in a panel of three judges, voted 2-1 that no grounds existed for a mistrial. Future Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg cast the 1 of the 2 votes against Pollard’s motion.

Olson was part of the Arkansas Project[1] [2], which aimed to damage and end the presidency of Bill Clinton during the 1990s. He was confirmed as Solicitor General after majority Republicans refused Senator Leahy’s call for committee inquiries on Olsen’s Arkansas Project involvement.[3].

Olson successfully represented presidential candidate George W. Bush in the Supreme Court case Bush v. Gore, which effectively determined the final result of the contested 2000 Presidential election.

Then there is George “Sideshow Bob” Terwilliger who is most famous for leading the legal team for Dubya’s Florida recount efforts in 2000.

Highlights of this service include his leadership in resolving matters such as BCCI, an international banking scandal, environmental cases, antitrust merger reviews and enforcement matters, civil rights and voting cases as well as terrorism and national security cases. Mr. Terwilliger was also in charge of all Justice Department operations, including crisis response, such as the civil unrest in Los Angeles in 1992. On policy matters, he was a principal in the highest councils of government charged with addressing the broad array of legal policy issues arising in the Executive Branch.”[1]

And just in case you are not yet happy with your choice of wing-nuts throw in the name of Judge Laurence H. Silberman.

“Several Democrats and legal experts said Silberman would have difficulty winning confirmation because of his political resume — including overturning Oliver North’s conviction and discrediting Anita Hill during Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearings,” NewsMax reported August 28, 2007.[1]Silberman has been identified as “a long-time, right-wing political activist closely tied to the neo-conservative network that led the pro-war propaganda campaign.”[5]

“As a former Reagan advisor, Mr Silberman took part in a meeting between top Republicans and Iranian government representatives during the 1980 election campaign, when the Carter administration was trying to negotiate the release of American hostages in Tehran. Judge Silberman and two aides who took part in the meeting later claimed they had rejected the Iranian offer of a deal and did not even remember the name of the Iranian representative. But the meeting was never reported to the state department, at a time of high tension in the US-Iranian relations.”[6]

I am sorry but if any one of these three crack pots gets past a confirmation hearing we really need to think twice about sending every damned Democrat up for relection in 2008 home packing.

4 Responses to “AG Appointment; How Low Can You Go?”

  1. Laura says:

    Brought to you by the law offices of “Dewey Screwm and Howe”.

  2. xranger says:

    From our side, these are fine choices.

    I mean, they’re like Janet Reno (Ol’ Twitchey) was to Dems.

  3. mick says:

    I think my favorite is Ted, who had the gall to stand in front of the Supreme Court of the United States and define “free speech” as…money. He actually argued that free speech was for the people who could afford to buy it. The Bush SCOTUS, of course, agreed.

  4. xranger says:

    Well, a woman dancing nude in a club is free speech.

    Why isn’t political donating freedom of speech?

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