Attorney General Eric Holder

Eric Holder has been named the next Attorney General of the United States.

Holder was first appointed by Reagan to serve as an Associate Judge on the D.C. Supreme Court. He was then appointed by Clinton to serve as an Attorney for the District of Columbia. Holder also served as Deputy Attorney General during the Clinton Administration from 1997 to 2001 as was Acting Attorney General early in the Bush Administration.

Holder worked as an attorney at Covington and Burling and joined the Obama campaign as a senior legal adviser.

Holder attended Stuyvestant High School and Columbia University earing his B.A. in 1973 and his J.D. in '76.

Only one kick

The only hesitancy about Holder’s selection was that he himself had reservations about going through a confirmation process that was likely to revive questions about his role in signing off on the controversial pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich. Although there is no evidence that Holder actively pushed the pardon, he was criticized for not raising with the White House the strong objections that some Justice Department lawyers and federal prosecutors in New York had to pardoning somebody who had fled the country. But after reviewing the evidence in the case, and checking with staffers on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Obama aides and Holder both decided the issue was highly unlikely to prove an obstacle to his confirmation, one of the sources said--especially given the Democrats’ more sizable post-election majority in the Senate.

This has yet to be confirmed by the Obama Transition team, but it is being reported by the news outlets. The Obama campaign says that this is not a done deal, but it is as close as it gets. Holder will be the first African-American Attorney General.

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Janet Napolitano For Attorney General?

Attorney General is among the most anticipated appointments for me. Imagine an AG who stands up for the rule of law. Once upon a time I saw John Edwards in the role, but alas, he's no doubt put the kibosh on that. Politico is reporting that among elected officials who've been early and strong supporters of Barack Obama, Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano is top of Obama's list.

The most-bandied about name among elected-officials is Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano. A former U.S. attorney and the state's first female attorney general, the Democrat has the requisite law enforcement experience and would help Obama bring gender balance to his Cabinet.

Other politicians who make the Washington speculation lists are Democratic Govs. Tim Kaine of Virginia and Deval Patrick of Massachusetts.

Other options include a couple of DC insiders:

Inside-the-Beltway candidates include two former deputy attorneys general under President Bill Clinton: Eric Holder and Jamie Gorelick.

Holder, an Obama confidante who helped lead his vice presidential search, is a favorite among insiders. A former U.S. attorney, Holder is a respected prosecutor who falls neatly into the role of top cop. [...]

Like many possible Cabinet picks, Holder is also bandied about for other jobs, too, including White House counsel.

Gorelick, a member of the 9/11 Commission, would bring serious national security credibility to a Justice Department more focused than ever on protecting the homeland.

There's one obvious downside to Napolitano: she may be the only one who can take out McCain in 2010.

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You Want Another Reason?

You want another reason we have to win this thing?  Fifty bucks says that this guy wants to be the Attorney General.  He hasn't gone back to his scummy lobbying and consulting, he's campaigning hard, he obviously wants something.  He's a former US Attorney and he'd be death itself for our civil rights.  It's Rudy!

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Let's Kick The GOP Where It Hurts- Hillary for AG

OK, so first task is getting the senate to 60 Democrats.

Second, elect Obama/Biden.

Third... Barack, are you listening to this one? Make Hillary Clinton Attorney General.

She's got an impressive background in law...we know she's a dedicated fighter. The Democratic Legislative branch can pass great laws, and Obama can sign them, but we NEED someone to make sure they are enforced.  JFK and America NEEDED the strong AG they had in Bobby Kennedy during the civil rights movement, and Bobby showed them what a high profile and tough AG can do.

Well, Hillary's done a pretty good job at filling Bobby's other seat, so...

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Edwards For Attorney General

Ever since John Edwards dropped out of the race, there's been speculation about what his role would be in a Democratic administration, if any. VP? No way. My thinking for months has been that he'd never want to go there again but even if he did, he brought so little to the ticket in 04 why would the nominee want to pick him this year? So, what then? My response has always been: Attorney General. What better job for a man who holds social justice as the cause of his life?

Looks like Edwards may feel the same.

When asked whether he'd want to be Vice President, Edwards was surprisingly emphatic:

"No," Edwards said in no uncertain terms on NBC's the Today show when asked about the possibility. "Won't happen....It's just not something I am interested in."

But when asked whether he'd be interested in Attorney General, he began to play coy.

"I don't really want to get involved in that speculation," he said. "Right now we have to focus on getting Barack Obama elected to President of the United States, then we'll worry about those things."

John Edwards is not good at playing these games. Remember when he was on MSNBC recently, he was asked who he voted for and even as he said he wouldn't reveal it, he accidentally used the pronoun "him" referring to his candidate preference. So, I have to take this as an indication that he does want AG and in fact, I suspect, he's probably been in talks with both Democrats about that very role. He'd be perfect for it and what a change it would be after the jokers who've held the position these past few years. Not only that, but as Bowers points out:

While there were some who thought he was overly messianic in his anti-corporate campaign rhetoric (people like positive messages), that strikes me as exactly the attitude we need from an Attorney General.

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