This doesn’t sound too promising. To his credit, McCain steps up to the plate, defends Mukasey’s refusal to knuckle under to Democrats’ demands to render a definitive legal opinion on waterboarding and in the process reveals that this is all about nothing since McCain contends waterboarding is not in use currently. Sen. Specter also seemed to indicate that he has no issue with Mukasey’s response on waterboarding. Meanwhile, no word from the usually loquacious Sen. Schumer, who of course, welcomed Mukasey’s nomination. Will the Senate Dems actually vote him down in committee and deny a floor vote? It seems unbelievable but possible. And where by the way are the rest of the GOP contenders? Aside from McCain and Rudy, who has vigorously defended his colleague, the rest have been conspicuous by their silence on what is shaping up as another instance of remarkable Democratic obstructionism over an entirely contrived issue.