Sunday, May 20, 2007

The scariest thing I've read all year.

AG Prediction: Gonzalez out, Hatch in

Jackson Williams
Sat May 19, 7:28 PM ET

Alberto Gonzalez may be holding on as head of the Justice Department until next weekend when Congress takes its Memorial Day break, which would allow W an immediate recess appointment to fill the post. This makes sense. And this means Bush has already got Al's successor lined up. To avoid further antagonisms with Congress, the choice is.....Orrin Hatch of Utah.

I've been hearing rumblings about this all over the vast internets, especially the interim recess appointment part. A couple of bloggers, some over on the dark side, have mentioned Hatch as well.


At 10:30 AM, Anonymous MargaretPOA said...

Why a recess appointment if it's Hatch? The Senate would easily confirm him.

At 10:33 AM, Blogger Paddy said...

What I was thinking is that the recess appt was a given, and if it's Hatch, then Bush thinks no one would bitch about it.

He could claim Gonzo leaving came as a suprise etc....

At 10:36 AM, Blogger tofubo said...

mPOA, easily ??

i would hope that durbin and obama would bring out the much overused filibuster against his nominiation, but that's just me

At 10:38 AM, Blogger JohnDWoodSr said...

Wasn't the Hatch Act enacted specifically to prohibit this from happening?

At 10:42 AM, Blogger Mary Ellen said...

Oh no! Paddy, you just made my breakfast come up. I can't stand that guy!!!

Something has to be done about these recess appointments.

At 10:47 AM, Anonymous MargaretPOA said...

You may wish that the Dems would investigate obstruction of justice charges against every Republican Senator in the chamber but it's not going to happen. That's a fantasy. Even Feingold hasn't suggested anything of the kind. I wish that somebody would just ca;; Specter on his big talk and yet voting with the chimp but I won't hold my breath on that either. The Senate would unanimously confirm Hatch.

At 10:47 AM, Blogger JohnDWoodSr said...

Now that I think about it, this move could backfire on Bush--If Hatch takes over, the DOJ might start singing like the Tabernacle Choir.

At 10:59 AM, Anonymous MargaretPOA said...

You're very cute BTW Cliff. ;)

At 11:02 AM, Blogger Mary Ellen said...


You might have to fight the rest of us women on this blog for him...


He is a cutie, though! :-D

At 12:13 PM, Anonymous jerry said...

My understanding of politics is at about the kindergarten sandbox level.

But why would Hatch leave his lifelong appointment to the Senate for an 18 month job?

And Hatch may be an asshole but he's not stupid. Would he really want to work for Bush?

Finally, if this does occur, does the governor get to appointment a replacement or is there a special election?

Because I nominate Rocky Anderson, the mayor of Salt Lake City who has called for impeachment. If he became Senator, we could all publically fling our feces at Joe Lieberman. And that would feel so nice.

Even the threat of Senator Anderson should be enough to keep Hatch in his office -- but I am not at all sure I don't prefer AG Hatch and Senator Anderson over Senator Hatch, Senator Lieberman, and Mayor Anderson.

Again, my understanding of politics stopped in kindergarten, now give me back that shovel or I'll smash your castle.

At 2:56 PM, Blogger Mary Ellen said...


You brought up some good points that I didn't think of, especially leaving the Senate to go to this job. Unless, that is, if he was thinking of retiring from the Senate anyway or felt he was vulnerable in the next election.

Now, quit stepping on my sand castle or I'll feed you to the sharks! ;-)

At 6:00 PM, Anonymous jerry said...

So I am sorry about the castle, I really didn't see it, when I was backing away from that great scary bug.

At 6:28 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

Jerry took my pail! Jerry put a starfish down my shorts! Jerry ate my Twinkie! I want my Twinkieeeee! Jerrrrryyyyyy!!!

Oh, and this Hatch talk has been going on since forever ago, like the first hearing, am I remembering right? It turned my sensitive little stomach then, and it does now.

Jerry, leggo my floaties!


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