Friday :: May 26, 2006

Hayden Confirmed For CIA; Partisan Hack Kavanaugh For DC Court

by Steve

If you are looking for “Profiles in Courage” from the Senate today, forget it.

Partisan hack Brett Kavanaugh, who has never been a judge, was just confirmed for the all-important DC Court of Appeals by a 57-36 vote, with seven Senators not voting. Four Democrats voted in favor of Kavanaugh, best known for being a hack for Ken Starr and as a presidential assistant for Bush. Who were these Democrats? (To his credit, Joe Lieberman voted against Kavanaugh.) The four who voted for him were Robert Byrd, Don Carper of Delaware, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, and Mary Landrieu. Barbara Boxer, Kent Conrad, Daniel Inouye, Jay Rockefeller, and Ken Salazar didn’t vote.

Michael Hayden was confirmed to be the next Director of Central Intelligence, by a lopsided 78-15 vote. Who were the Democrats who gave Hayden a free pass on his illegalities these last five years?

Akaka (D-HI)
Baucus (D-MT)
Biden (D-DE)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Byrd (D-WV)
Carper (D-DE)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kohl (D-WI)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (D-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Sarbanes (D-MD)
Schumer (D-NY)
Stabenow (D-MI)

That’s right. Harry Reid and many senior Democrats voted for him, while the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee voted against him. If 25 Democrats voted for Hayden, then they have lost the credibility to bitch about NSA wiretapping, data mining, or any of the illegal activities of this administration. Sure, Hayden would have made it through anyway, but the Democrats should have logged a protest vote here over the past and ongoing illegalities.

As I said earlier this week and at the beginning of this month, don't look for the Senate Democrats to stand up to Bush on wiretapping, data mining, or domestic surveillance. Despite their whining, it isn't in their collective DNA to challenge Bush on national security unless the public is solidly against Bush and unless there is opposition to Bush inside the GOP caucus. Reid, Feinstein, Biden, Levin, and the rest of them give lip service to constitutional concerns about privacy and personal freedoms, and fall apart like wet toilet paper when it comes to taking a stand on principle.

Democrats should have voted against Hayden to show him that at least 40 or so Senators will be watching him closely to see if his rhetoric matches his actions. Now, it doesn't matter what the Democrats say on these illegalities from this point on, because they're just as much enablers of this lawbreaking as the GOP is.

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