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Reid: We’ll defeat Olson
The Hill ^ | 8/13/07 | Elana Schor

Posted on 09/12/2007 4:47:59 PM PDT by Jean S

Senate Republicans on Wednesday fired a warning shot at Democrats on the White House’s still-unnamed attorney general pick as Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) declared that front-runner Ted Olson would not be confirmed.

The early sparring over the successor to Alberto Gonzales, who cedes power at the Justice Department on Friday, foreshadows a brutal confirmation battle to come. Minutes after Reid declared former solicitor general Olson was too partisan for the job, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) fired a salvo at Democrats who would delay Gonzales’s replacement.

“If they were serious when they cried out for new leadership at the Justice Department, they will follow Senate precedent,” McConnell said on the floor. “They will carefully weigh the qualifications of the nominee and vote in a timely fashion.”

Capitol Hill is watching the White House closely for signs of a nomination that remains uncertain nearly three weeks after Gonzales resigned, facing bipartisan pressure and multiple investigations. Democrats view the slowdown in choosing an attorney general, however, as strengthening their hand during the drawn-out Senate confirmation that both parties expect.
“Once they name this person, they’re going to have a harder time getting confirmation quickly,” one Senate Democratic aide said. Of GOP arguments that Gonzales’s critics should not block his replacement, the aide added: “That’s apples and oranges.”

Even Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) — still considered a dark-horse nominee — agreed that Democrats are unlikely to fast-track a confirmation because they had called for Gonzales’s quick ouster. The White House “doesn’t understand these people up here,” Hatch said.

Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) summed up his party’s sentiment on the floor, telling McConnell, “It’s a little difficult to accuse us of delaying a nomination that’s not yet been made … The way it works is, the president actually has to nominate somebody.”

Reid’s dismissal of Olson came amid signals from senior Democrats that the conservative favorite, who represented President Bush before the Supreme Court in the 2000 Florida recount case, would face broad opposition.

“He’s had a very political background at a time when you want [an attorney general] who puts the rule of law first,” Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), number three in the Democratic caucus, said.

Sen. Ben Nelson (Neb.) is the only sitting Democrat to have backed Olson in his razor-thin 2001 confirmation as solicitor general. Schumer pointed to the 47 Democrats then opposing Olson — 11 more than Gonzales received for his confirmation to lead Justice — as emblematic of the lack of consensus.

Meanwhile, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy pointed to the panel’s investigation of controversial testimony in which Olson denied knowledge of the Arkansas Project, a conservative effort to uncover possible misdeeds by then-President Clinton and his wife, now-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.).

“There was a feeling by many that some of the answers he gave in his last confirmation, answers under oath, were not accurate,” Leahy said.

In addition to the 2001 Judiciary probe, an independent counsel investigated Olson in 1986 after he spearheaded an executive privilege defense by the Reagan administration that has echoed in this year’s clash over multiple Democratic subpoenas being challenged by Bush.

Yet Olson has several well-placed Democratic defenders, as Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) noted on Wednesday. Lanny Davis, former Clinton special counsel and a contributor to The Hill’s Pundits Blog , has thrown his support behind Olson.

“His reputation is as a principled lawyer,” Sessions said. While Judiciary is famous for partisan scuffling, he added, “If this is an honest nominee who can state his views in a principled way, they tend to confirm him. I mean, we got [Supreme Court Justice John] Roberts and others.”

Olson is not the only name on the shortlist, which includes federal judge Michael Mukasey and former deputy attorney generals George Terwilliger and Larry Thompson. But regardless of the nominee, Leahy has vowed not to hold a confirmation hearing until the White House ceases withholding information subpoenaed by Democrats on U.S. attorneys and warrantless surveillance.

“We can’t have a hearing until we get some of the information we subpoenaed,” Leahy reiterated on Wednesday.
Republicans are ready for a fight over those dueling investigations, betting that Democrats will use the attorney general nominee as leverage regardless of who gets the nod.

“They could nominate Pat Leahy and Democrats would fight it,” one Senate GOP aide said. “They said, we need to have a new attorney general right now, it’s too important to wait. We’ll find out if they meant that or were just using it as cover to bash Gonzales.”

Hatch gave his own advice to Democrats ready to press for White House cooperation by slowing the confirmation of a new attorney general.

“Democrats have to be very careful,” Hatch said. “Especially at this time, with a year and three months to go [in the administration].”

White House spokesman Tony Snow told reporters on Wednesday that he could offer no timeframe for a nomination announcement.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 110th; attorneygeneral; bko; democrats; doj; obstructionistdems; olson; reid; reidboughtandsold; reidsawhore; reidsucksbigtime; tedolson
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Reid: "Because I can."
1 posted on 09/12/2007 4:48:00 PM PDT by Jean S
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To: JeanS

What is his objection to Olson? What is wrong with these people, they think they can do anything they want?

Reid should worry about the sorry spectacle the Congress made of itself yesterday.


2 posted on 09/12/2007 4:49:23 PM PDT by popdonnelly (Our first responsibility is to keep the power of the Presidency out of the hands of the Clintons.)
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To: popdonnelly

Can we defund the senate judiciary committee?


3 posted on 09/12/2007 4:51:29 PM PDT by Thebaddog (My dogs are asleep paws up)
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To: JeanS

Just wait til Congress adjourns and make the appointment.


4 posted on 09/12/2007 4:52:14 PM PDT by Perdogg (Cheney for President 2008)
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To: JeanS

I find it offensive that Reid can attack a fine man and attorney like Olson on the grounds that he’s “too partisan”. Judging from their actions, what are the Democratic members of Congress, besides “too partisan”. Reid’s comment is laughable.


5 posted on 09/12/2007 4:52:16 PM PDT by popdonnelly (Our first responsibility is to keep the power of the Presidency out of the hands of the Clintons.)
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To: JeanS
By the time blowing in the wind Ried wakes up, he'll think he's dealing with Olsen twins.
6 posted on 09/12/2007 4:53:04 PM PDT by DoughtyOne ((Victory will never be achieved while defining Conservatism downward, and forsaking its heritage.))
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To: JeanS

Dingy Harry is incapable of doing anything positive, he’s a worthless little worm.


7 posted on 09/12/2007 4:54:15 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.com)
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To: JeanS

I wonder if Reid has ever uttered the words “We’ll defeat Al Qaeda in Iraq”?


8 posted on 09/12/2007 4:54:39 PM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: JeanS

Recess appoint him. Tell Reid to go pound sand.


9 posted on 09/12/2007 4:54:59 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (John Cox 2008: Because Duncan Hunter just isn't obscure enough for me!)
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To: JeanS

Will Harry Reid succeed at anything this year? Only time will tell.


10 posted on 09/12/2007 4:55:38 PM PDT by sappy
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To: JeanS

I’d hate to see Ted Olson lower himself so far as to even have to listen to these frauds accuse him of all sorts of crap during their “advise and consent” charade. President Bush should just recess appoint John Bolton to be AG. Watch ‘em howl then.


11 posted on 09/12/2007 4:56:19 PM PDT by Argus
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To: JeanS

Children act that way. Doesn’t say much for our Congress.


12 posted on 09/12/2007 4:56:58 PM PDT by wastedyears (George Orwell was a clairvoyant.)
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To: All

screw the dems...leave the office vacant....that would be funny as hell


13 posted on 09/12/2007 4:57:24 PM PDT by Alright_on_the_LeftCoast
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To: JeanS
They will not be happy until they have destroyed this country, as long as they have kept their power. It is evident by their child-like “We will win the argument at all costs” behavior that their power is more important to them than the people they serve. Behavior like this was never imagined by our founding fathers. Just as with MoveOn.org, they have become “the enemy within”.
14 posted on 09/12/2007 4:58:38 PM PDT by Melinda
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To: JeanS

Recess Appointment?????


15 posted on 09/12/2007 4:59:03 PM PDT by stocksthatgoup (Number 1 FredHead)
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To: JeanS
The White House “doesn’t understand these people up here,” Hatch said.

Nor does the rest of the country. ...and vice versa

16 posted on 09/12/2007 5:04:16 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: JeanS

“He’s had a very political background at a time when you want [an attorney general] who puts the rule of law first,” Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), number three in the Democratic caucus, said.

The laughable quote of the day from good old Chucky.


17 posted on 09/12/2007 5:05:17 PM PDT by keepitreal
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To: JeanS

Play the 9-11 card. Hell, the dems would.


18 posted on 09/12/2007 5:06:51 PM PDT by toddlintown (Five bullets and Lennon goes down. Yet not one hit Yoko. Discuss.)
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To: JeanS
The left has caused a dangerous divide. It wasn’t so many years ago that a decent man like Olson would have no problem being confirmed by Republicans and Democrats alike.
19 posted on 09/12/2007 5:07:02 PM PDT by Jaysun (It's outlandishly inappropriate to suggest that I'm wrong.)
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To: JeanS

Reid, go to the back of the room. Sit on the stool, put on dunce cap and shut up.


20 posted on 09/12/2007 5:09:11 PM PDT by freekitty (May the eagles long fly over our beautiful and free American sky.)
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To: popdonnelly
grounds that he’s “too partisan”

To the Democrats, "too partisan" simply means "not a democrat."

21 posted on 09/12/2007 5:09:18 PM PDT by craig_eddy
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To: JeanS
The White House “doesn’t understand these people up here,” Hatch said.

No Kiddin

Bush learned nothing from the way his father was treated--nothing from the mess in FLA in 2000--nothing from getting screwed by Kennedy and Daschle ---he is a human punching bag
22 posted on 09/12/2007 5:13:53 PM PDT by uncbob (m first)
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To: popdonnelly
What is his objection to Olson?

The Arkansas Project and his role in the 2000 election are two things that come to mind.

I really hope Bush nominates him just to make them howl.

23 posted on 09/12/2007 5:15:00 PM PDT by Michael.SF. ("The military Mission has long since been accomplished" -- Harry Reid, April 23, 2007)
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To: JeanS

I hope Bush nominates Olsen. It would be fun watching the dems go over the cliff.


24 posted on 09/12/2007 5:15:22 PM PDT by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: JeanS

Reid is an idiot.

There will be a recess appointment if he blocks the appointment.

W will attempt to induce a stroke.


25 posted on 09/12/2007 5:16:45 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Hillary's color is yellow.....how appropriate)
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To: keepitreal

This is a very strange thing for Schumer to say. So then, there are times when you want someone with a political background, and other times when you want someone who puts the rule of law first? Shouldn’t any AG put the rule of law first? And isn’t it a given that any president will appoint a political ally to the job?

Will Schumer hold Hillary’s AG nominee to the same standard, if he gets to confirm said nominee?


26 posted on 09/12/2007 5:24:38 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: craig_eddy

Will any of these Dems. call Hillary’s cabinet appointments too partisan? I’m sure Hillary will appoint some very liberal people if she’s elected.


27 posted on 09/12/2007 5:25:44 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: JeanS
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28 posted on 09/12/2007 5:26:44 PM PDT by pillut48 (CJ in TX --Soccer Mom, Bible Thumper and Proud to be an American! WIN, FRED, WIN!!!)
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To: JeanS

But regardless of the nominee, Leahy has vowed not to hold a confirmation hearing until the White House ceases withholding information subpoenaed by Democrats on U.S. attorneys and warrantless surveillance.


Hey dumbass:

1) No laws were broken in regards to firing the attorneys.

2) A Democrat-majority Congress gave the President “permission” a few weeks ago to go ahead with warrantless surveillance.


29 posted on 09/12/2007 5:32:55 PM PDT by abercrombie_guy_38
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To: jazusamo
Dingy Harry is incapable of doing anything positive, he’s a worthless little worm.

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30 posted on 09/12/2007 5:37:18 PM PDT by greyfoxx39 ( Mexico does not stop at its border, Wherever there is a Mexican, there is Mexico. Calderon)
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To: JeanS

Dirty Harry Reid. The revolution he thought he wanted will be the revolution that gets rid of him. Surely Nevada has enough sensible people to dump this SOB.


31 posted on 09/12/2007 5:38:42 PM PDT by ought-six ("Give me liberty, or give me death!")
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To: JeanS

I hope he is as successful as he has been with the war in Iraq.


32 posted on 09/12/2007 5:41:28 PM PDT by DOGEY
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To: JeanS

If I were Ted Olson I’d beg W to nominate me just so I got the chance to rip these guys new ones on public TV.


33 posted on 09/12/2007 5:42:04 PM PDT by CaptRon (Pedicaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: paul51

“The White House “doesn’t understand these people up here,” Hatch said.”

I understand them all too well. They look out for themselves first, and the country second. If they can’t stomach a decent man and excellent attorney like Ted Olson, then they should be replaced.


34 posted on 09/12/2007 5:43:12 PM PDT by popdonnelly (Our first responsibility is to keep the power of the Presidency out of the hands of the Clintons.)
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To: popdonnelly
Reid should worry about the sorry spectacle the Congress made of itself yesterday.

Only very interested people like Freepers will ever know this. On the radio news last night, CBS played only one voice, Hillary Clinton, and quoted two Senators, Hagel and Lugar. No quote of either witness. Most people do not even hear this, but no chance they will hear how disgusting and disrespectful was the behavior of most of the Senators.

35 posted on 09/12/2007 5:43:12 PM PDT by Freee-dame
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To: toddlintown

“Play the 9-11 card. Hell, the dems would.”

The Dems can turn some poor guy’s funeral into a political rally.


36 posted on 09/12/2007 5:44:34 PM PDT by popdonnelly (Our first responsibility is to keep the power of the Presidency out of the hands of the Clintons.)
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To: Argus

You could sell tickets for that.


37 posted on 09/12/2007 5:45:48 PM PDT by Rumplemeyer
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To: JeanS

Bush should tell them it’s Olson or a Bork recess appointment.


38 posted on 09/12/2007 5:46:52 PM PDT by SCHROLL
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To: JeanS

“Senate Republicans on Wednesday fired a warning shot at Democrats on the White House’s still-unnamed attorney general pick as Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) declared that front-runner Ted Olson would not be confirmed.”

I know what the author wanted to say, but am I the only one that finds this sentence uncomprehensible?


39 posted on 09/12/2007 5:47:23 PM PDT by nikos1121 (Thank you again Jimmy Carter.)
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To: JeanS
He seems to be a pretty dumb fellow from where I sit.

I’d like to think that folks from Nevada are more rational than the Commies in Massachusetts.

Since we ain’t getting it done here in Boston, would you folks in the West please take care of business and vote your Chump out of office?

Please?

40 posted on 09/12/2007 5:51:24 PM PDT by Radix (Nothing else to do but raise eyebrows and wreak havoc on FR.com)
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To: popdonnelly

What doesBush have to lose?
Bring on the fight and show what kind of a$$clowns these guys are!


41 posted on 09/12/2007 5:54:49 PM PDT by Holicheese (1-21-09 Hillary starts to destroy America!)
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To: Phlap

Especially when Olsen starts talking about his wife eing killed on 9-11 and how all he wants to do is stop terorism...What will Ted kennedy say? “ ohh errr ahhh he is not main stream enough ahhh when I was drinking scotch ahh errr common man ahh err working families ahhh scotch Bush’s Vietnam...”


42 posted on 09/12/2007 5:59:17 PM PDT by Holicheese (1-21-09 Hillary starts to destroy America!)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm
Either that, or recess someone even more objectionable to them just to spite them. What's John Ashcroft doing these days?

The President had better hang tough on this, in all seriousness. I "endorsed" Olsen for President Thompson's AG on my profile a while ago. A patriot who paid a very personal price for America's lack of vigilance on September 11, and a member of the Federalist Society to boot!

By the way, my pick for VP on my profile is on Hannity and Colmes right now.
43 posted on 09/12/2007 6:03:31 PM PDT by The Pack Knight (Duty, Honor, Country.... Valor.)
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To: Thebaddog
No. You would have to change the Constitution to strip the Senate from its power to confirm cabinet nominees.
44 posted on 09/12/2007 6:08:37 PM PDT by trumandogz
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To: The Pack Knight

If I could, I’d relay to President Bush that he ought to end his speech tomorrow night with something like “Since the congressional democrats have shown their inability to be bi-partisan, I hereby appoint Theodore Olsen by recess appointment as the next attorney general of the United States. He is a fine man and unworthy of the same disrespectful and blatant harrassment that the democrats showed to General Petraeus.”


45 posted on 09/12/2007 6:10:51 PM PDT by princess leah
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To: JeanS
"effort to uncover possible misdeeds by then-President Clinton and his wife, now-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.)."

Make a Recess Appointment of Olson, and let him IMMEDIATELY begin a full-blown investigation of Hsu's connections and contributions from Chinese and other Communist entities.


46 posted on 09/12/2007 6:13:46 PM PDT by traditional1 ( Fred Thompson-The ONLY electable Republican Candidate)
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To: JeanS

The President should nominate his choice, be it Olson, Karl Rove, Robert Bork, or Ann Coulter. Let the Dems shoot the nominee down, then just make a recess appointment when they go on their year-end break.


47 posted on 09/12/2007 6:21:52 PM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Will Schumer hold Hillary’s AG nominee to the same standard, if he gets to confirm said nominee?

Of course not! They never made a peep about Janet Reno. From Waco to Elian Gonzalez, I don't think she was too familiar with the rule of law. Even before being AG she made her reputation on very questionable child abuse cases....

48 posted on 09/12/2007 6:26:14 PM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: JeanS

Dirty Harry would pay an enormous price attacking Olson.

Even if the ‘rats succeedded in blocking him, Bush could make a recess apointment.


49 posted on 09/12/2007 6:27:39 PM PDT by spna (Lawton-Ft. Sill OK.)
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To: JeanS
Image hosted by Photobucket.com separated at birth???

50 posted on 09/12/2007 6:27:39 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist)
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