September 6, 2007
Pick your AG wannabe
TalkLeft discusses here the list on possible Attorney General nominees being floated by the White House. I doubt any of these folks would dramatically change federal sentencing stories, but I still wonder if any readers have particular reactions to this cast of possible AG characters:
- former Solicitor General Ted Olson
- former Attorney General Bill Barr
- former Deputy Attorney General George Terwilliger
- D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Laurence Silberman
- former Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson
- Michael Mukasey, a former judge on the U.S.D.C. for the S.D. of New York
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Forget Mukasey. Certifying Padilla to the 2d sort of took him out.
Posted by: S.cotus | Sep 6, 2007 6:39:41 PM
Larry Thompson, hands down.
Posted by: Steve | Sep 6, 2007 10:09:33 PM
What about Sully Cimson or Harriet Miers?
Posted by: S.cotus | Sep 7, 2007 7:55:25 AM
Dark horse: Texas Senator John Cornyn. Former TX Supreme Court member, former TX AG, a close Bush ally, and his position in the Senate (and on the Judiciary Comittee, no less) would make him automatically confirmable. He's up for re-election next year but is currently polling positive ratings at under 50%, so he might consider it.
In reaction to your list, Ted Olsen: Yuck.
Posted by: Gritsforbreakfast | Sep 7, 2007 11:10:42 AM
If I were the president, I would nominate Larry Thompson. He is respected and he will be confirmed without much fuss.
But this isn't the way the president thinks. The president doesn't see choosing an AG as a question of choosing the "best" lawyer and one that can become the government's lawyer is as quick a time as possible. The president sees the choice as a political act. It isn't about who is the AG and what the AG does, but rather that he wants to let people know something.
Posted by: S.cotus | Sep 7, 2007 12:05:29 PM
Olson and Thompson are well-qualified, hands-down. Exactly what the department needs to restore credibility and morale. That's exactly why they won't be picked, for the reasons S.cotus explains.
Grits' pick of Cornyn actually fits pretty well into the selection reasoning S.cotus describes. It also parallels the reasoning that went into picking Ashcroft (after Ashcroft narrowly lost his seat).
Posted by: Def. Atty. | Sep 7, 2007 2:23:55 PM
I was wondering if you'd consider updating your blog to allow for a printable version? Every so often, I'd like to send part of your blog or a particular commentary to my client who may find it relevant, and it seems that I can only print out the text in column form which is not a very readable format for most.
Posted by: sabrina shroff | Sep 10, 2007 11:26:55 AM