Just what does the White House end up doing if Mukasey isn't confirmed as attorney general? One of the only reasons this guy was nominated because he could get confirmed, right?
Two more Senate Judiciary Democrats -- Dick Durbin (Ill.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.) -- came out against Mukasey. Assuming the nine Republicans on the committee come out in
favor of Mukasey's nomination, it will take just one Democrat to get him out of committee and on the Senate floor. The undecided Senate Jud Dems: Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), Pat Leahy (Vt.), Ted Kennedy (Mass.), Herb Kohl (Wis.), Russ Feingold (Wis.), Ben Cardin (Md.) and the Dem who originally recommended Mukasey for the job, Chuck Schumer (N.Y.).
And Karen Hughes becomes the last member of the Bush "Iron Triangle" to leave the Bush Administration. "Her departure closes out a two-year effort that gave a high profile to the administration's efforts to improve America's reputation overseas but did not reverse a continuing decline that was caused in large part by the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and other Bush foreign policy decisions."