The nomination of former federal judge Michael Mukasey to be the next attorney general is in danger because Democrat senators are not happy with some of Mr. Mukasey's answers on torture and waterboarding.
Really, I feel like getting waterboarded listening to these nauseating windbags.
But, if you really want to get the windbags going, there is a way and it is legitimate.
Since there are only 14 months left of President Bush's term in office (yes, he will leave office just like former President Clinton did, peacefully!), President Bush can let the events play out in the senate. The senate judiciary committee can vote not to send the nomination of Mr. Mukasey to the full senate. The senate Republicans make no real effort to force the issue.
Now, President Bush has said that there will not be an attorney general if Mr. Mukasey does not get an up or down vote.
Since that is looking more and more unlikely, President Bush can do something that would make Democrats get violently ill on the senate floor.
Make a recess appointment of former judge Robert Bork as the attorney general.
A recess appointment does not need consent of the senate, hence why it is called a recess appointment. And it would serve the Democrats right for not sending Mr. Mukasey's nomination to the full senate. After all, the Democrats have set up these potential prospects by their obstructions.
Can you image what the Democrats would scream on the senate floor? That would be worth the price of admission. I think swear words would fly out of many a senator's mouths.
But, in all seriousness, appointing Mr. Bork would be good because he would be a forceful advocate for the president's judicial and law enforcement philosophy. Mr. Bork has been writing and lecturing and is very much on top of legal things since being railroaded in 1986 as a Reagan appointee to the supreme court.
It would be a real opportunity for the American people to see what they have lost that Mr. Bork was not successfully confirmed to the supreme court in the first place. And it is a perfect opportunity to show conservative Republicans that President Bush has not lost all of his conservative moxie. And moxie it would be.
I think it would be a real shot in the arm to the waning days of the Bush presidency to have a forceful advocate of a stronger, aggressive policy dealing with enemy combatants, the issue of "torture" and a restrained judiciary in general.
President Bush would make history by appointing Robert Bork to be the next attorney general and give the Democrats fits and create a new issue for the 2008 presidential campaign. And that will be welcomed.