In shocking development for many democrats and civil libertarians, Senators Feinstein and Schumer have decided to support Michael Mukasey and thus yield on the issue of torture. The result is to effectively guarantee that President Bush will not be held accountable legally or politically for ordering violations of international law and domestic law. It was the final betrayal for democrats who were promised that a Democratic majority would fight on such issues. The Democratic leadership refused to delay the vote to allow civil libertarian groups to organize or to hold hearings on the issue. Once again, after invoking 9-11 last night as a rational for confirmation, President Bush has prevailed.