The briar patch

Last week, I speculated about whether the Senate Democrats will actually try to sink the nomination of Alberto Gonzales as Attorney General, or simply make lots of noise before backing down. I put my money on the latter alternative.
NRO’s Byron York, who knows more than I do about these things, seems less sanguine. He reports that Republicans now expect fierce opposition to Gonzales from Senate Democrats. Says one,

People are going crazy now. All these letters, People for the American Way, the former military commanders writing in. There’s a lot of energy, and it’s energy that is typically associated with an effort to kill a nominee.

I suppose. But it still strikes me as a terrible idea for Senate Democrats to attack an Hispanic nominee on the ground that he hasn’t been solicitous enough when it comes to captured Taliban fighters and suspected terrorists.


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