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November 20, 2012

Press reporting that AG Eric Holder to stay in position another year

FoxNews has this notable new report concerning the state and fate of the Justice Department during Prez Obama's second term.  Here are the details:

Attorney General Eric Holder will honor President Obama’s request to stay into the second term and but will remain on the job only “for about a year,” Fox News confirmed Monday.

A senior administration official told Fox News that Obama does not want a mass exodus at the start of his second term, especially with his national security team going through major changes. And Secretary of State Hillary Clinton already has said she will leave soon....

The names of potential replacements are already starting to emerge.  Among those mentioned is Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, the official told Fox News.  Other names being mention on Capitol Hill are Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, a former state attorney general.  Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s name also has been mentioned, a source told Fox News.

AG Holder's decision to stay on an extra year could have lots of interesting (though unpredicatable) impacts on federal crime and punishment policies in the months ahead. Also, the politics of naming and confirming his potential successor to head DOJ could also change considerably come late 2013 and 2014.

For some holiday week fun, I urge readers to suggest novel names for taking over the Justice Department after AG Holder moves on. I will start by throwing out three (crazy?) high-profile names for the AG position a year from now: Chris Christie, Hillary Clinton and Kamala Harris.

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"The names of potential replacements are…Deval Patrick…Amy Klobuchar…Richard Blumenthal {not a Vietnam vet}…Janet Napolitano…"

How about Susan Rice?
Warum nicht?
{Ein nützlicher idiotin}

Posted by: Adamakis | Nov 20, 2012 2:30:24 PM

Douglas A. Berman

Stranger and far worse things have happened.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Nov 20, 2012 2:42:57 PM

Mary Jo White

Posted by: Dan K | Nov 20, 2012 2:50:21 PM

I was curious about this, so appreciate it. Don't know any names off the top of my head really but that third name cited seems credible.

Posted by: Joe | Nov 20, 2012 3:12:15 PM

Deval Patrick seems likeliest. Term-limited governor with no whiff of a role in Fast and Furious. Former AAG for civil rights, which has been Holder's priority while at the helm. And not a Democratic senator who needs to be replaced (remember how that turned out for Obama after Sen. Kennedy's death).

Posted by: John | Nov 20, 2012 4:48:57 PM

"Stranger and far worse things have happened."

And surely will in this instance.

Posted by: Kent Scheidegger | Nov 20, 2012 4:52:10 PM

Kent --

Nailed it. A liberal who thinks for himself is better than a liberal in love with The Party Line.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Nov 20, 2012 5:03:16 PM

... Seth P. Waxman ...

Posted by: Gary | Nov 20, 2012 6:52:59 PM

2 Lowlights from the inglorious past of Deval Patrick:

--> "One of Patrick's biggest cases for the NAACP was McCleskey v. Kemp, the 1987 Supreme
Court death-penalty appeal of Warren McCleskey, a black man who had murdered a white policeman.
* Patrick argued that his client's sentence should be overturned because capital punishment was unconstitutional."

--> "In 1985 Patrick and other NAACP lawyers successfully defended three Alabama
civil rights advocates who had been [indicted] for fraud by the Justice Department
in a voter-registration drive." Indictment charges comprised voting more than once,
false notarizing, obstructing justice, and ``open and fraudulently chang[ing] those
ballots that had not been marked for candidates (they) supported and endorsed``.

["In 1983 he began to practice law in earnest when he joined the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, challenging racially biased death-penalty convictions and voting-rights cases."]

(Gale Contemporary Black Biography; Chicago Tribune)

Posted by: Adamakis | Nov 21, 2012 10:55:57 AM

Just what we needed.

Crooked lieing sack of shit keeps job!

News at 11!

Posted by: rodsmith | Nov 21, 2012 11:23:43 AM

I wanted to see Jim Webb appointed to AG in 2008, and despite retiring from Congress, I think he would be an effective AG, and probably the only one with the courage to fix the broken justice system.

Posted by: Emma Young | Nov 21, 2012 6:46:04 PM

I also believe Eric Holder was held hostage by the Marc Rich commutation when he was with President Clinton, rendering him ineffective, and causing him to put up with people like Ronald Rogers, who does not recommend commutations in any case. This is much like the Democratic party has been afraid to function on the side of justice because of the Republican's effective Willie Horton campaign that killed Dukakis' chances.

Posted by: Emma Young | Nov 21, 2012 6:52:02 PM

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