James Fallows, and others, say no to Mukasey as AG. Money quote:
A specific point: the “waterboarding” outrage. As is now becoming famous, Mukasey said this, when asked by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse whether waterboarding was constitutional:
“I don’t know what is involved in the technique,” Mr. Mukasey replied. “If waterboarding is torture, torture is not constitutional.”
Either way you slice it, this answer alone is grounds for rejecting Mukasey. If he really doesn’t “know what is involved” in the technique, he is unacceptably lazy or ill-informed. Any citizen can learn about this technique with a few minutes on the computer.* Any nominee for Attorney General in 2007 who has not taken the time to inform himself fits the pattern of ignorant incuriosity we can no longer afford at the highest levels.
Mukasey’s answer is inexplicable. Did the White House instruct Mukasey to be less forthcoming in his testimony after his first day before the Senate Committee?