f this report is true
, Judge Michael Muskasey will be the Attorney General pick and not Ted Olson. He is by all accounts
a fine judge and may even be confirmable. (Like Olson, he was on the Rudy legal advisory team.) As for Olson, his stature remains unblemished by being considered and his mental health preserved by avoiding the torture of sitting through a Kennedy-Biden-Durbin-Feingold inquisition. It is perverse but I so enjoy the Senate Judiciary hearings on key nominations. They provide endless entertainment, abundant proof that Senator-itis like the common cold remains incurable, and wonderful games for all lawyers (e.g. how many constitutional fallacies and outright errors can one Senator make in his allotted time). I remain skeptical that we will get to hearings let alone a confirmation vote since Senate Democrats will attempt to extract their pound of flesh on their investigation of now departed AG Gonzales as the price for proceeding with consideration of the President’s pick. With the highly esteemed Paul Clement in the role of Acting AG there seems little reason for the White House to capitulate so stalemate may be the order of the day.