From a reader:

In 1993, Senate Democrats lined up to oppose the confirmation of Zoe Baird, President Clinton’s choice to be the nation’s top law enforcement officer, over her hiring of undocumented immigrants in violation of the law. Now, the Senate is poised to vote on the confirmation of Alberto Gonzales, who has effectively advised President Bush that he was above the law, and could order the torture of detainees in U.S. custody. Clinton withdrew Baird’s nomination, at her request. Today, however, neither President Bush nor Mr. Gonzales appear inclined to free Senate Republicans from the embarrassing choice of either voting for torture, or voting against their president. I think we can all agree that the issue of torture carries greater moral and practical weight than does the green card status of two household workers.

I’m generally inclined to let the President have his choice of cabinet members. But not today. Democrats and conscientious Republicans should join in opposing Mr. Gonzales’ confirmation. Call your Senators today and tell them how you feel.

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