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Holder Top Prospect for Attorney General


Eric H. Holder Jr. (Michael Smith/Getty Images)

Updated 4:16 p.m.

By Carrie Johnson and Chris Cillizza

Eric H. Holder Jr., a former second in command at the Justice Department who served as President-elect Barack Obama's campaign co-chairman, is almost certain to be selected as U.S. attorney general, according to knowledgeable Democratic sources.

Holder, 57, has a rich background within the criminal justice system as a former judge and top federal prosecutor in Washington. He is widely known within the city's legal community and for his philanthropic work on behalf of troubled juveniles detained at Washington's Oak Hill facility. If he is confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Holder will be the first African American attorney general.

For the past several years, Holder has defended private corporations as a partner at the law firm Covington and Burling. But he took on an active role in the Obama campaign as a friend and adviser to the senator from Illinois after meeting him at a Washington dinner party, and over the summer served on his vice presidential vetting team.

Holder has won praise from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, although his selection is likely to revive questions about his failure to act forcefully to prevent a last-minute pardon of fugitive Marc Rich, who won clemency from President Bill Clinton during his last days in office in early 2001.

Holder would join several other veterans of the Clinton administration who already have signed on to the Obama team, including White House counsel Greg Craig, White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and Ronald Klain, chief of staff to Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.

Holder has yet to complete an energetic vetting process by the Obama-Biden transition team, and his position as attorney general would have to be be confirmed by the Senate. A formal announcement of the choice might not come for a few days, a source familiar with the choice said.

The Obama transition office said no final decision has been reached. "No one has been offered the job as attorney general," said Obama transition spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter.

As a surrogate for the Obama campaign, Holder appeared at a meeting of more than 100 police chiefs before the election, promising more federal resources to combat violent crime.

Early in his career, Holder worked as a public corruption prosecutor in the years following the Watergate scandal.

Jamie S. Gorelick, who served as the department's second in command during the Clinton administration, this afternoon offered praise for the choice.

"He will be excellent: Eric has the perfect background for the job -- having grown up as a lawyer at DoJ and having served as a judge -- as well as an excellent and long-standing relationship with the president-elect," Gorelick said. "He will be able to restore the values and morale of the department at this critical juncture."

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If you were hired to run General Motors tomorrow and had never worked a day in the auto industry, wouldn't you surround yourself with people who knew the auto industry? At least until you learned it?

Posted by: bigskells | November 19, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse


a bunch of washington old hands (emmanuel, holder and hillary) is not exactly what i would have expected from obama.

holder signed off on the mark rich pardon, i wonder if thats the tone obama really wants to set.

i will be interesting to hear some more bill clinton talk, which will happen during the confirmation because rich will be brought up.

Posted by: dummypants | November 19, 2008 12:18 AM | Report abuse

I see all the McCain lovers are out once again whinning. Get over it, you lost! HAHAHAHAHA

Posted by: Classic60 | November 18, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

It should surprise no one that the right-wing racists and self-righteous religious zealots feel empowered to attack any ethnic or religious minority that is selected by Obama to an important position in his new administration.

Fear of a dark-skinned President with a foreign-sounding name is a predictable outcome of the hate-mongering that was perpetuated by McCain, Palin, and the RNC in their speeches, ads, mailers, and robocalls during the campaign. Skinheads, Aryan Brotherhood, KKK, John Birch Society and the like regard themselves as the GOP's "peeps".

Hopefully, these people will tire of their ranting and crawl back under their rocks.

Posted by: labman57 | November 18, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

It is starting to look like all the talk about change was just a lot of hype and bologna

Posted by: usaII | November 18, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Holder is an oustanding choice. I'm impressed.

Posted by: lockmallup | November 18, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

When will Sandy (secret docs on the socks) Berger's name be floated for a National Security role? Hope he gets his clearance reinstated by then. Jesse Jackson for Secretary of Welfare. Al Sharpton for DAG. Go Obama.

Posted by: delusional1 | November 18, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: SavedGirl
"When I saw Immaual as cheif of staff my hear sank as we do not need a jew with alligeance to isreal in the white house. Now a NEGRO for attorney general??? Its obvuous that there is no longer a place at the table for Christain White people. This is a dafrk day for America and the people who voted for this evil man should be ashamed."

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No ... I would say the darkest day in America is when you were spawned.

By the way, the Bible asks "How can you hate your brother who you have seen yet say you love God who you have not seen?"

You're not a Christian because it's obvious by your comment there's no place in your evil, wicked, filthy heart for God to abide.

Posted by: luvmynaturalhair | November 18, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

luvmynaturalhair wrote

"sscheiber:

Tell Grandma thank you! She sounds like a wise woman."

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Oops ... that should've read "Tell Mom thank you!"

Sorry.

Posted by: luvmynaturalhair | November 18, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

sscheiber wrote, "My 91-year-old mother contends that Bush is the worst President she has lived under (her previous candidate was Herbert Hoover), and she's seen a few. Some of the damage and some of the problems will succumb easily to intelligent and well-considered actions. But a lot of them will require long-term repairs that will not please the terminally impatient."

I just wanted to see that in print again, great comment.

Posted by: officermancuso

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officermancuso:

I agree with you. This was indeed a great comment.


sscheiber:

Tell Grandma thank you! She sounds like a wise woman.

Posted by: luvmynaturalhair | November 18, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

This is "Back to the Future" when sophomores ran the government during the Clinton years. The only thing that saved Clinton is that nothing important happened during his two terms. Except that he was asleep at the switch while Al Queda planned and plotted. If we are lucky, nothing important will happen while Obama and his retreaded Clintonistas are in office again but I am not holding my breath. Change - ha!

Posted by: delusional1 | November 18, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

And wait a minute. You mean to tell me after all the claims that Obama would appoint Rev. Wright and Bill Ayers and a bunch of Socialists and Terroists and Anti-Americans to his Cabinet now the same Idiots who told that LIE are now complaining that he's bringing back the Clinton era?

The same Idiots who swore he had no plan and wasn't specific in his aim and goals are now complaining that the plan is too specific and his goal is to bring back a Surplus, a time when we had no war and the country was prosperous?

When will these NUTS realize that Barack Obama is simply a genius and he's a brilliant strategist and that he KNOWS WHAT HE'S DOING?


TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother0003 | November 18, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

Also too, I'm almost laughing at those who are now trying to claim that Obama promised to put his enemies in his Cabinet.

Obama said he would "reach across the aisle" but he NEVER said he'd be reaching for Racists, hard core White Supremacists, and Black man hating lesbians.

Idiots continue to underestimate Obama's intelligence thinking he would be dumb enough to make Hillary his VP.

No, he's reaching over to the LEFT of the Republican Aisle not waaaay back back back to the Chris Berman right.

TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother0003 | November 18, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

This is change? This is Clinton v2.0 with his appointments so far.

Posted by: leeh11281 | November 18, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Good choice.

Posted by: e9999999 | November 18, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

President-elect Obama appears to be handling the transition with the same professionalism, keen focus on the big picture and discipline that he operated his campaign. I am excited about him becoming President and hopeful for an excellent administration. For his sake, and that of the country (and our world), let's wish his team the best and God speed. Also, although I'm a Democrat, I would like to offer thanks to the Bush team for easing this transition and offering their support. After so many years of spite and malice in this town, can't we all just hope and pray for his success. These challanging times demand that from us as a people, at a minimum, and our active involvement in government and politics as an ideal.

Posted by: SWadvocate | November 18, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

To those clamoring for Bush's and his cronies' prosecutions once the "new broom" takes office, I offer the following:

No one detests what the current administration has done to the country and how cavalierly it has buried or ignored the Constitution more than I do. But expending energy and resources to "go after" the perpetrators would distract Mr. Obama from addressing the consequences of their actions and the real problems facing the country. If there is one thing we cannot afford right now, it is that kind of distraction and not paying attention to what REALLY matters. And whatever is done or not done to Bush and company, eventually history will have the final say.

Posted by: sscheiber | November 18, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

So,once again another Clinton Loser with
a terrible record of pardoning crooks and
terrorists to boot! Where the Hell is all
this damn "Change You Can Believe In" when
that two bit Chicago thug and liar empty
suit phony Barack Hussein Obama keeps on
naming losers and shady dealers to his
stupid pathetic Administration here?..
Bill Clinton 42 = Barack Hussein Obama 44

There you voters meet the Second Clinton
Presidency Compliments of Barack Obama!

Posted by: darlene80 | November 18, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

What burns me is that the Idiots who were WRONG about Obama from DAY ONE are the ones who now expect to have credibility in terms of their predictions about his Presidency?

The same Idiots who claimed he would never mount a successful campaign, that he would never beat Hillary that he would never be elected because he was Black, he was inexperienced an empty suit, he'd get Swift Boated, Rev. Wright the Michelle "Whitey" tape the October surprise, Bill Ayers, his phoney birth certificate,Illegal Aunt, 856th Cousin on his fathers side in Africa, him being Muslim, Black Theologian, Socialists, anti-christ etc.

You mean to tell me those very same IDIOTS actually think anyone is considering ONE WORD their DUMB azzes are saying?

Please.

TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother0003 | November 18, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

sscheiber wrote, "My 91-year-old mother contends that Bush is the worst President she has lived under (her previous candidate was Herbert Hoover), and she's seen a few. Some of the damage and some of the problems will succumb easily to intelligent and well-considered actions. But a lot of them will require long-term repairs that will not please the terminally impatient."

I just wanted to see that in print again, great comment.

Posted by: officermancuso | November 18, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

What an astoundingly poor choice. Holder's the assistant AG who gave us the Elian Gonzalez scandal in 2000, which ultimately caused Al Gore to lose Florida when he ran for the White House.

Holder? Really?

Posted by: nwrepresent1 | November 18, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Will he prosecute the Bush administration's criminality?

Will he keep Fitzgerald?

What about Gitmo?

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | November 18, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Oh No! A former Clinton appointee! The horror!

Looks like the paranoid schizophrenics suffering from Clinton Derangement Syndrome have slithered out from under their rocks. We missed you for the last 8 years.

As if Reagan didn't hire a bunch of Nixon veterans. As if Bush Jr. didn't hire a bunch of his father's advisers (including a VP who was Bush Sr.'s SoD).

Holder is a great appointment. He'll bring honor, decency and competence back to the Justice Department.

Posted by: ElrodinTN | November 18, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Let's put things in perspective. Obama will be the President. He lacks experience in certain areas, so he is picking people around him who have that experience, and -- surprise surprise -- many of them served 8 years ago in the previous Democratic adminstration. Does anybody remember the roles that Rumsford, Ashcroft, Cheney, and company played in Papa Bush's and Reagan's administrations? I suppose you think that is different. An entire administration of inexperienced untried people is a recipe for chaos. And just as I can respect Colin Powell despite his disastrous speech before the UN, I can respect Holder despite his disastrous decision on the Mark Rich pardon. In the words of one famous leader, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."

All of you who are hooting about "one-term Obama" and the rest of it -- HE HASN'T EVEN TAKEN OFFICE YET! Before we rake him over the coals, perhaps we should see if when he begins to GOVERN, which will not be until January 20, he really does present fresh ideas and real solutions.

Having said that, I hope his supporters are painfully aware that he has no magic wand to fix everything that is troubling the country. To be fair, it is not all Bush's fault, but he certainly contributed mightily to a lot of it. My 91-year-old mother contends that Bush is the worst President she has lived under (her previous candidate was Herbert Hoover), and she's seen a few. Some of the damage and some of the problems will succumb easily to intelligent and well-considered actions. But a lot of them will require long-term repairs that will not please the terminally impatient.

Posted by: sscheiber | November 18, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Those of you who don't want Clinton II need to get anti-itching powder. The executive (as opposed to the public-persuasive) power of the presidency is exercised through cabinet departments.

It's impossible to exercise that power to good effect without assistants (read, "Cabinet members") who know how those departments work, where the cabals of cut-throat wing nuts are huddled in civil service positions, who the legislators are with special interests and influence in a department's affairs, etc.

President elect Obama has basically two pools from which he can draw such assistants. One pool worked for an executive department when Bill Clinton was president, and the other pool worked for an executive department when a Republican was president.

Barack Obama is no man's fool. He's lining up the help he needs to implement *his* agenda, not the help's agenda. Patience, Democrats, patience.

Posted by: officermancuso | November 18, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

I love the discomfiture of the Bush trolls.

Your side lost. Lost big. Go lick your wounds in private.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | November 18, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Savedgirl:

If you moved from the US, which is just chock full of intelligent Jews and Negroes, no one would miss you.

But on the larger point, those of us supported Obama in the primaries because we didn't want Clinton II are starting to get a bit itchy.

Posted by: fmjk | November 18, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

"There's been 8 years of hatred spewed all over the Bush admin as well, or did you just conveniently forget that fact?"

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Spare us the typical boo-hoo attitude of the girly rightwing. Bush destroyed America's reputation abroad, lied us into war, cut taxes for the rich, then stood by as budget deficits swelled. He and his administration deserve all the venom they've received.

I have yet to read one rightwinger take responsibility for all the garbage that has befallen America under Bush's nearly eight years in office.

Instead, all you people do is engaged in ridiculous arguments--e.g., "he must've been responsible for the bridge collapse in MN"--designed to make sensible critiques of the administration seem outrageous.

Well, sweetie, Obama got a mandate and Bush will go down as the worst president ever. Deal with it.

Posted by: castanea | November 18, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Where are the hispanics? Will their allocated slots be less pretigious?

Posted by: kenpasadena | November 18, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

People use the phrase "from the Clinton Administration" much too frequently. It is natural for deputies or assistants in one administration to be selected for top posts when the party comes back in 8 years. To select Clinton or Summers sends one message. To select Holder sends no message other than that he is experienced and the President-elect trusts him. He seems like a fine choice.

Similarly, Richardson would be a dubious choice as Secretary of State if he really were in charge of the Middle East, but Biden is already making the phone calls. As a supplement to Biden who concentrates on the rest of the Third World, especially Latin America, and energy politics, Richardson would be a first-class secretary of state. Geithner as Secretary of Treasury is a real specialist on foreign economics issues in Asia and would be another useful member to the team. But in general it is important to have the pieces fit together. Biden and Clinton or Biden and Holbrooke would lead to major conflict.

Indeed, every Administration has conflicts. Holbrooke was and is an extreme hawk on the Middle East, while Lake was on the other side of the spectrum in the Clinton Administration. Summers and Joseph Stiglitz were bitter enemies on foreign economic policy and policy to Russia in the Clinton Administration. It is important that the President selects people that fit with his policy needs.

Posted by: jhough1 | November 18, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

On a lighter note, Eric Holder, if appointed and confirmed, may be the only Cabinet member with facial hair - unless Bill Richardson becomes SoS.

Posted by: wsealsjr | November 18, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

phil55 sez:

"Wow. The bitterness is so intense. Do some of you sit at your computer all day and get a rise out of posting hateful comments? We've managed to survive eight years of Bush with disastrous results. Now let's give President Obama a chance. The people have spoken; get a life and deal with it." .........................
PHIL: Get real, ok? There's been 8 years of hatred spewed all over the Bush admin as well, or did you just conveniently forget that fact? Photoshopped pictures of Bush holding a gun to his head, or looking like a monkey? (Try THAT with a photo of Obama, go to jail for a "hate crime".) You guys crack me up! 8 years of how much you HATE Bush, how he is a moron, an idiot, but at the same time he is the EVIL GENIUS that masterminded 9-11-01!!! HE made a bridge collapse in Minnesota, HE brought Katrina to New Orleans! Oh, but now, now you cry for "unity"! "Let's get behind Obama and give him a chance!" No Phil, SOME of the people have spoken. Just ENOUGH of the people have spoken, that's all. So forgive me if I don't join you in your love fest for the new Messiah. He is (or will BE) the president and I will respect the office and will not do ANYTHING like the libs have done over the past 8 years to George Bush, but that's all he'll get from me.

Posted by: pwhited | November 18, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Oh come on there are enough questions about
this loser Eric Holder and shady dealings
that he and the Clintons were envolved in
such as the Mark Rich Pardon by Bill Clinton and that alone should rule Holder
out as US Attorney General Even In the
Obama's Bill Clinton Third Term! Some "Change You Can Believe In" Obama!
So I agree with voters already saying about
Barack Hussein Obama "One Term Obama And OUT! So from 2010 on start voting every
Incumbent In Congress,Democrat & Republican
Out Of Office and 2012 Vote One Term Obama
Out! That's the only way to get any real
"Change You Can Believe In" Not From Obama!

Posted by: Jan1977 | November 18, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse


Hey Weary: If you had any reading comprehension skills you would realize that I didn't say that Woodrow Wilson wanted harsh reparations imposed on Germany post WWI, I stated that he backed the League Of Nations. You are only partially correct about Yalta but we'll let that slide for now. The Joint Chiefs did NOT want the USSR coming in against Japan at that late date, knowing full well that the USSR would want a slice of THAT pie as well. There are no 'distortions' regarding the "achievments' of the other Democratic presidents, simplifications perhaps, but all factual.

Buying into banks and automakers IS partial government control of "the means of production", which is SOCIALISTIC. Bush did sign off on the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac mess, which was put together by Democrats who felt that everyone has the "right" to the American Dream, whether they can afford it or not. These financial entities were FORCED to make bad loans to people whom they knew could NEVER pay.

Further proof of your lack of reading skills is shown in your "hey jrob". I am not he, I was simply replying to him.

Posted by: pwhited | November 18, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

All America worked so hard to prevent a Bush 3d term and whooptidoo we're getting the Clinton 3d term!! Those who really believed that Obama stood for change are so naive!! It's too late now to do anything at all about the complete socialization of the US government -- it's going to be an interesting ride for those few who are paying taxes. In the most recent famous last words of Martha Stewart, "Suck It Up!!"

Posted by: hairlessbear | November 18, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Holder, Oh yeah, he's the one who approved of Clinton giving the international criminal(and Clinton contributor) Marc Rich a pardon isn't he? Dont try to sell this guy as an upstanding citizen. When Lying Lannie Davis and corrupt Gorelick promote his appointment, it smells to high heaven. He's just another corrupt Clinton cabal democrat. So much for "Change."

Posted by: LarryG62 | November 18, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Well, my final word on this is, the whole Obama cabinet pick situation is quite disappointing to me-such a lack of vision, of vitality, of freshness-the whole process seems to be infused with IRON POOR BLOOD-IT'S TIRED, REAL REAL TIRED, AND NEEDS SOME GERITOL-THERE'S NOT A VISIONARY EXCITING PICK TO THE BUNCH-HOWEVER, I DO THINK RAHM EMMANUEL IS A GOOD FIT-THOSE TWO, OBAMA AND RAHM, ARE VERY CLOSE-AND OBAMA WILL RELY EXCLUSIVELY ON RAHM-FOR EVERYTHING-SHUTTING THE GOOFY BIDEN OUT OF THE PICTURE-HA HA HA!

Posted by: schmetterlingtoo | November 18, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

SavedGirl - It's amazing that you would have the gall to call yourself saved. I will presume that your nom de plume is in no way related to your religious stance because if it were related to Christianity, you would recall that Jesus was a Jew.

People who are truly saved do not spew hate. Well, as a Christian, I speak love to hate and goodness to evil. Of somewhat less importance, as an educated person, I speak intelligence to ignorance. President-elect Obama's selections are intelligent, well-educated, well-thought and upstanding individuals with brilliant credentials. It is a time for change and instead of picking cronies whose only claim to fame is that they were fired from a corporation or engaged in questionable accounting procedures.

Posted by: originalcutie | November 18, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Forget it. Holder will always be linked to Mark Rich. He's just another corrupt hack. Then again, this seems to be the ilk that Obama is disturbingly so cozy with.

Posted by: birvin9999 | November 18, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

I knew Jamie Gorelick slightly, I would never call her incompetent, but I WOULD call her inextricably involved in the Fannie Mae fiasco, to the point where she had to hire private counsel for herself, and that is ongoing, and she sure as Hades is doing a whole lot of shrinking and slinking on that subject! So her opinion doesn't carry too much weight with me anymore either!

Posted by: schmetterlingtoo | November 18, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

just a madder of time before us blacks rule this country....then all u sucka's will be sorry muhahahhahahaha...AL S.

Posted by: ALSharpton | November 18, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Zowie! The second black president's administration is turning out to look just like the first black president's administration.
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Touchdown, Dallas!

Posted by: EliPeyton | November 18, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse


Is the naming of one person close to the Clintons a subtle signal that Hillary will not be offered a cabinet position?


Posted by: WylieD | November 18, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Jamie Gorelick, the most incompetent DAG ever, would say he's qualified. By comparison to her, he's Clarence Darrow, Thurgood Marshall, and Sherlock Holmes, all wrapped up in a $5000 suit.

Great to know that Corporate Lawyers will still rule DC. Some change. Only the complexions have changed. The Dark Ages of Corporate Welfare, loss socialization, and Politically Correct DOJ paternalism are at hand. So surprising, no?

Posted by: 7thDayNonConformist | November 18, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

SavedGirl vomited - When I saw Immaual as cheif of staff my hear sank as we do not need a jew with alligeance to isreal in the white house. Now a NEGRO for attorney general??? Its obvuous that there is no longer a place at the table for Christain White people. This is a dafrk day for America and the people who voted for this evil man should be ashamed.
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You should be ashamed for your comments. Christian white people? There are alot of you white people who are anything but Christian. And you obviously fall into that group. I don't know how old your are, but stemming from your comments, you would prefer it be 1955 again. Get a life, get your head out the sand or whatever orifice you have it stcuk in and get into the 21st Century

Posted by: thekidd41 | November 18, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

OH GOD, HERE WE GO AGAIN: THAT UNIQUELY AMERICAN TRAIT OF-IF YOU'RE NOT WITH US, YOU'RE AGAINST US-HEY FOLKS, HAVE YOU NEVER EVEN HEARD OF THE CONCEPT OF THE "LOYAL OPPOSITION" HUH? SHEESH! IN EUROPE, THE NUMBER 2 TO THE BRITISH THRONE CAN SAY, AS PRINCE HARRY DID "I DON'T PARTICULARLY LIKE ENGLAND!" AND NOBODY SAYS A WORD-IT'S HIS OPINION, AFTER ALL!

BUT HERE IN THE US, YOU HAVE TO CONFORM CONFORM CONFORM! CAN'T EXPRESS AN OPPOSING VIEWPOINT-TOO THREATENING TO THOSE AMERICANS WHO NEED TO BE IN LOCKSTEP WITH EVERYONE ELSE-SO THEY THROW MUD SAYIING YOUR "HATEFUL" (I LOVE THAT ONE!) OR "BITTER" OR YOU JUST SIMPLY CAN'T COMPLAIN BECAUSE IT'S THE MESSIAH OBAMA!

GO TO HELL, IDIOTS! IF YOU DON'T LIKE DISSENTING OPINIONS, THEN TAKE YOURSELF OFF TO SOME GD AUTOCRATIC REGIME, WHERE ANYONE WHO DISAGREES WILL HAVE THEIR ASS THROWN IN JAIL OKAY? ABSENT THAT, SHUT THE HELL UP-AND START ACTING LIKE YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT FIRST AMENDMENT FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS ALL ABOUT!

Posted by: schmetterlingtoo | November 18, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse


Back in 2000, Americans indicated they would be happy to have a continuation of Bill Clinton's presidency.

Looks like they're getting their wish.


Posted by: WylieD | November 18, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Sorry tampalawyer, you like so many others have got the US Atty. firings ALL WRONG:

Those firings can and do happen with any change of administration and that is a matter of the President's prerogative.

THE FIRINGS DID NOT HAPPEN AS A RESULT OF A QUOTE "CHANGE IN ADMINISTRATION"-THEY HAPPENED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ADMINISTRATION-WHICH ALMOST NEVER OCCURS EXCEPT FOR MISCONDUCT-AND HERE, YOU HAD THE LYING PAUL MCNULTY AND HIS THUG ELSTON AND OTHERS IN THE DEPT. WHO, AS THE IG SAID WERE 'REMARKABLY DISINGAGED" AND POSSIBLY MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS BEFORE CONGRESS AS TO THE REASONS FOR THEIR DISMISSAL-MCNULTY LYING THROUGH HIS TEETH TO THE COMMITTEE SAYING THEY WERE DISMISSED FOR "PERFORMANCE REASONS"-WHICH WAS A LIE AND A SLANDER!

THANK GOD THERE IS A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR WHO I HOPE FINDS THAT SLIMEBALL MCNULTY AND HIS CADRE SHOULD BE REFERRED FOR PROSECUTION! IT COULDN'T HAPPEN TO A WORTHIER BUNCH OF UNETHICAL DECEPTIVE SLIMEBALLS!

Posted by: schmetterlingtoo | November 18, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Ah, yet more Clinton retreads and Corporate Lawyers. When you buy an election, you buy the election. Some change.

Ah, Corporate Welfare. What will be shoveled out to the fools who voted for "change?"

Reparations, extended unemployment benefits, a chance at a "premo" Public Housing Unit benefiting another wealthy AA corporate type, Valerie Jarrett.

Ka Ching!!!!

Posted by: 7thDayNonConformist | November 18, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

The U.S. I want to live in does not have Federal attorneys, nor judges pushing a political agenda and only enforcing and interpreting the laws which we live by.

Posted by: jameschirico | November 18, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Wow. The bitterness is so intense. Do some of you sit at your computer all day and get a rise out of posting hateful comments? We've managed to survive eight years of Bush with disastrous results. Now let's give President Obama a chance. The people have spoken; get a life and deal with it.

Posted by: phil55 | November 18, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

To the negative posters a simple shut up until Jan. 20 when the public servant you hired begins to serve.

Posted by: jameschirico | November 18, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse


Zowie! The second black president's administration is turning out to look just like the first black president's administration.

Posted by: WylieD | November 18, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

At this point in time, I have a feeling that all of us, Obama supporters, were not given the real picture of change he was talking about with these first appointments. It is back to the past to clinton bandwagon. I have not heard anything about pflouffe, axelrod and the rest of the real gang. In the whole country, there aren't any qualified people other than the clinton folks. Pathetic.

Posted by: RIVASF1@WESTAT.COM | November 18, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

SavedGirl, you do know that Jesus was an olive-skinned Jew, don't you?

Or did you think he was from Sweden?

Posted by: treetopflyer | November 18, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Despite not being an Obama supporter, I do support the Office of the President. Holder is a political appointee -- absent some substantially disqualifying matters, President-elect Obama is entitled to wide deference to this selection as far as I'm concerned. If Mr. Holder performs poorly, that's when the selection should be questioned. Another note: I still have a hard time with the trumped up scandal as to the Bush Administration's firings of 90-odd U.S. Attorneys. They, too, are political appointees. Those firings can and do happen with any change of administration and that is a matter of the President's prerogative. I would expect a number of Bush's appointed U.S Attorneys to get fired as well and there should be no scandal there either. As much I'd like retribution for the most recent "scandal," I hope the opposition [i.e., my fellow Republicans] takes the high road.

Posted by: tampalawyer | November 18, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Qualified candidate but I would love to see Fitzgerald there to give Cheney a heart attack and send most of Dubya's executive searching out the best lawyers in the land.

Posted by: jameschirico | November 18, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

SavedGirl vomited - When I saw Immaual as cheif of staff my hear sank as we do not need a jew with alligeance to isreal in the white house. Now a NEGRO for attorney general??? Its obvuous that there is no longer a place at the table for Christain White people. This is a dafrk day for America and the people who voted for this evil man should be ashamed.

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Just look what your preferred demographic got us into! Evil!? Nothing can compare to George Bush, and Cheney and the rest of your "Christian White People" and the insane religious right that put them in office. You have some real issues SavedGirl, you really need to figure a way past them or just go play make believe somewhere else.

Posted by: conradh | November 18, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

SORRY, OFFICER MANCUSO THAT DOESN'T GET IT-YOU DON'T TAKE SOMEONE WHO WAS THE PERSON IN CHARGE 9 FREAKING YEARS AGO AND IN A NEW ADMIN. PUT HIM IN BASICALLY THE SAME POSITION-DO YOU ALL UNDERSTAND? HOLDER WAS THE DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL! THAT MEANS HE AND THE AG WERE THE TWO TOP FIGURES! HOLDER IS A TRUE RETREAD, AND HE SHOULDN'T BE! TALK ABOUT LACK OF VISION! THERE ARE A NUMBER OF BRILLIANT BLACK ATTORNEYS THAT ARE IMMINENTLY, AND I MEAN IMMINENTLY QUALIFIED, LIKE THE REFERENCED DEVAL PATRICK, FORMER HEAD OF DOJ'S CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION AND NOW GOV. OF MASS.

But it looks like a done deal. Holder has accepted, if he can get bipartisan support for his nomination.

Posted by: schmetterlingtoo | November 18, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Obama, do you remember during the campaign when Republicans were whispering in your ear that they were secretly voting for you? You jokingly called them "Obamacrats". With that said you raised an impassioned plea for politicians to work across the aisle for change. I, along with thousands of "Obamacrats" liked your message and indeed crossed the aisle to vote for you. It is regrettable that it was empty political posturing on your part. It appears that you were a first class snake oil salesman and have hoodwinked us into believing that you were actually going to reach across the aisle to Republicans to solve the mess America is in. The reality is that the only reaching you intended to do was to the Clintons. And with the Clintons comes a whole lot of scum and debris that will once again consume the national tabloids for your entire presidency. Please spare "we the people" from the sleeze that inevitably accompanies the Clintons. Marc Rich is the tip of an iceberg that will reveal a deep and dangerous obstacle underneath. Mr. Holder is a bright and rising star but was dealt an understandably serious political blow when he recommended the Rich pardon. What's next - Monica Lewinski for Secretary of Education?

Posted by: rgn1 | November 18, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

I am glad that Eric Holder looks like the pick for two reasons: (1) he would be a good choice, and (2) my governor, Arizona's Janet Napolitano, would also be a terrific choice. Losing her would mean handing over the state to REALLY conservative Republicans.
I hope we get to keep Gov. Napolitano.
Congratulations, Mr. Holder.

Note to SavedGirl: honey, you need to get an eddication, and you also need spellcheck.

Posted by: peck3 | November 18, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Eric Holder and Stedman Graham- separated at birth?

OMG, Oprah is passing her significant other off as the next AG!

Posted by: mcbar | November 18, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

With regard to a Clinton holdovers, Obama needs people who know these agencies from the inside, and in the Democratic party aside from a few Carter geriatrics, that means Clinton vets.

This doesn't mean Obama's going to preside over Clinton's 3'rd term. Obama is perfectly capable of directing any member of his cabinet to implement any change he wants. His directive will be all the more effective, implemented by a department head who understands the department's inner workings.

Posted by: officermancuso | November 18, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Hey, jrob822, how about commenting on the story instead of submitting a gross oversimplification of the past 90 years of world history. First of all, it was the leaders of France and Great Britain, not Woodrow Wilson, who insisted on harsh punishment for Germany after World War II. Your slander of FDR shows that not only can't you read history, you also can't read a map. At the time of the Yalta conference, the Red Army had already overrun much of eastern Europe. FDR agreed to something that couldn't have been changed without sending American and British forces against their own allies. Why? Well, for starters the Joint Chiefs wanted the Soviet Union to enter the war against Japan. Your other distortions are too numerous to address, but you should look up "socialism" in a dictionary because Barack Obama's platform doesn't include a shift to "collective or governmental ownership of the means of production and distribution of goods." Meanwhile, a conservative Republican administration has, in effect, partially nationalized the financial services industry.

Posted by: Weary | November 18, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Erin dear, as much as I love Bill Clinton, his admin, is WAY IN THE PAST, AND IT ISN'T A "FEW" IT'S ALL OF THEM! IT IS TIME FOR A "CHANGE" OBAMA! WE DON'T NEED A BUNCH OF TIRED OLD RETREADS-AND HOLDER IS DEFINITELY IN THAT CLASS-HE WAS THE DEPUTY AG AND HE HAS BAGGAGE-GET SOMEONE NEW AND FRESH PLEASE! CHANGE CHANGE CHANGE PLEASE! YOUR BUZZWORD OBAMA, YOURS, NOT MINE!

Posted by: schmetterlingtoo | November 18, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

schmetterlingtoo: Considering that the economy is in the tank, and we had a surplus under the Clinton Administration, I'm perfectly content with a few Clinton era politicians in there. I'm sure there are new Democrats out there, but look at the criticisms that are already being launched at Holder. Even with his career background, people are arguing that he's not prepared. It's not exactly in Obama's favor to select a bunch of new faces, when he himself is fresh on the political scene. Experienced players probably wouldn't hurt.

Posted by: Erin2 | November 18, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

>>Okay, I'm willing to give Obama the benefit of the doubt because a lot of the things he did that I didn't like turned out to be the right thing to do in the end. But he better not screw this up.

Oh, shut up. Who the hell are you? And how much worse can it be screwed up than Bush, Bush, and Reagan have messed it up?

Posted by: GeorgHerbet
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You shut up, jerk. Who am I? I'm someone who donated the legal max to both Obama's primary and general campaigns. I canvassed for him numerous times, including relatively hostile areas of Appalachia that he was choppering in and out of while his volunteers in that area were routinely harassed and sometimes physically threatened. I've driven on dark, icy roads at night with poor night vision and zero depth perception to find that last voter who needed a ride to the polls during the VA primary. Who am I? Someone who helped the man win, one of thousands who each gathered an extra two or three votes for him. A citizen, who has every right to scrutinize and hold to account the public servant he just hired.

And who the HELL are you???

Posted by: treetopflyer | November 18, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

ERIN-THEY WERE ALL PART OF THE ADMIN. BEFORE THE LAST-SHEESH GOD, YOU MEAN THERE IS NO TALENTED DEMS. OUT THERE OTHER THAN CLINTON ADMIN. CLONES-AND I'M A DEM. SAYING THAT, BY THE WAY! THE ADMIN. LOOKS REALLY "TIRED" TO ME, WITH ALL OF THESE HOLD-OVERS FROM THE CLINTON ADMIN.! TAKE A CHANCE ON SOMEONE NEW AND FRESH, OBAMA! SHEESH!

Posted by: schmetterlingtoo | November 18, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

RE: "Now a NEGRO for attorney general??? Its obvuous that there is no longer a place at the table for Christain White people."
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Another shining example of the Master Race; and a perfect example of why the GOP is going down in flames.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | November 18, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I know everyone is getting all butt hurt over Obama moving toward so many Clinton era politicians and asking about what happened to his campaign promise of change. It's as if people were expecting change to mean a complete overhaul of our current governmental structure. You will definitely get your change under this cast of characters; I don't expect this to be anything remotely close to what we've had for the past 8 years. Whether it is for better or for worse, we will see. To quote John Wayne, "he's my president, and I hope he does a good job."

It's disappointing that there are some who will only look at this as an affirmative action choice. Believe it or not, there are some non-white people with *GASP* great credentials. I'll have to do more research on him, but he seems like a good choice.

Posted by: Erin2 | November 18, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

See, that's what I mean. NO ONE IS SAYING ERIC HOLDER IS NOT QUALIFIED, FAR FROM IT! I DON'T THINK, FROM WHAT I'VE HEARD, THAT HOLDER WAS, OR IS, VERY ENTHUSED ABOUT BECOMING AG, I THINK HE'S BECOME "RESIGNED TO IT BECAUSE HE HAS BEEN ASKED" -THAT AIN'T THE SAME THING AS BEING EAGER AND ENTHUSIASTIC FOR THE JOB! AND SINCE HE WAS THE DEPUTY AG IN THE CLINTON ADMIN. WITH ISSUES COMING IN, I SAY, TRY SOMEONE WHO REPRESENTS REAL CHANGE OBAMA, FOR GOD'S SAKES, DO YOUR WORDS HAVE NO MEANING AT ALL, IS THAT IT? SHEESH!

Posted by: schmetterlingtoo | November 18, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Already the republicans are calling this guy not qualified....all I can say is Alberto Gonzales....he sure as heck can't be worst than THAT.

Posted by: msealock | November 18, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Interestingly, Holder is married to Dr. Sharon Malone, whose sister, Vivian Malone Jones, was one of two African American students who sought to enroll at the University of Alabama in 1963 only to find her way blocked by Gov. George C. Wallace.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/13/AR2005101302032.html

Posted by: Dannoday | November 18, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

As a DOJ Employee, I can say with extreme pride and gratification that Mr. Holder is an excellent choice, well-qualified, and represents a dramatic change for the better. I would say he is the change we need and the change we can believe in. Another first!

Posted by: pookiecat | November 18, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

jrob822:

Woodrow Wilson, Democrat: WWI: Backed the League Of Nations which imposed war reparations on Germany that would have lasted 50 years, until 1968. The terms were so harsh it made Adolph Hitler a very popular guy since he was charismatic and a good speaker, and knew just what buttons to push.

Franklin Roosevelt, Democrat: WWII: Agreed to carve up Europe which set us up for the Cold War. (Which Reagan finally WON hands down)

Harry Truman, Democrat: WWII/Korea (Korea never really ended, a technical state of war still exists between North and South Korea)

JFK, Democrat: Vietnam

LBJ, Democrat: Vietnam continued (12 years in Vietnam, 50,000 dead Americans, Vietnam is still Communist.)

Carter, Democrat: Ruined economy, botched rescue mission of Iranian hostages ruined him. Now he speaks out against Israel and in favor of terrorist Hamas.

Clinton, Democrat: Sat and watched Americans die in terror attacks around the world for 8 years and did nothing. Set the stage for 9-11-01. Showed our enemies that America was WEAK.

Obama, Democrat/Socialist: Backs a Saudi "peace plan" that forces Israel to give back the Golan Heights to Syria and allow Palestinians to set up a capitol in E. Jerusalem. Worshipped for 20 years at the "Church of G-d D*mn America" but claims to be a patriot. Seen in photographs during the national anthem with hands folded in front of him while others around him have their right hands properly over their heart in salute. Voted against the "surge" in Iraq, which WORKED. Wants to pull out of Iraq even though the terrorists there are nearly beaten. Backs the nationalization of U.S. automakers and banks. Thinks that windfall profit taxes on oil companies will do some good. Carter thought the same thing. Oil prices went UP.

The only change I see so far is for the worse. Socialism isn't the answer.

By the way, we never had to worry about McCain starting WWIII with Iran. The Israelis will take care of that all by themselves when the time comes.


Posted by: pwhited | November 18, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

While Holder might have dropped the ball with the Rich pardon, it was not a cataclysmic drop. Holder readily admitted his mistake in not opposing the pardon and not conducting a more forceful vetting of Rich. Beyond that one serious, but forgivable mistake, Holder has had an exemplary career that clearly qualifies him for the position of US AG. He has had an extensive career of public service that includes legal practice as a federal prosecutor and as a judge. If nominated, I believe he will be confirmed.

Posted by: CarpeDiem705 | November 18, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

oh good,maybe we can have more ruby ridge and waco's.

Posted by: 12thgenamerican | November 18, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I have to admit I don't know much about him except a lot of what Obama is doing lately makes me nervous that things aren't going to change much and it's not the people who elected him that Obama is capitulating to. Or maybe he was a Manchurian candidate, only not in the way those stupid emails meant. Does Holder love justice?

Posted by: SarahBB | November 18, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

I know Eric, I like Eric, the Washington legal community likes Eric, but COME ON, OBAMA, HOLDER IS SOME TIRED BLOOD THERE, AND WOULDN'T IT BE NICE TO GET SOMEONE IN THERE WHO'S FRESH, AND COULD REALLY KICK SOME ASS? THE DOJ IS ONE OF THE MOST POLITICALLY CORRUPTED FEDERAL AGENCIES, I FOR ONE WOULD LIKE TO SEE SOME "CHANGE" WITH A NEW AG-HOLDER WAS THE DEPUTY AG FOR YEARS'S FOR GOD'S SAKES! AND HE SAID VERY RECENTLY "IT AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN!" MEANING HIS ACCEPTANCE OF THE AG SPOT! REALLY TRANSITION DUDES-THERE ARE LOTS OF BRILLIANT QUALIFIED DEM. DC LAWYERS WHO COULD BRING A FRESH LOOK TO DOJ'S MANY PROBLEMS-BUT HOLDER? I'M NOT LOOKING FOR "CHANGE" WITH HIM!

WHY NOT DEVAL PATRICK? I THINK HE'D MAKE A GREAT CHOICE!

Posted by: schmetterlingtoo | November 18, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

«Saved Girl, your kind is nearly extinct. Thank goodness. Please don't reproduce.»

Not much danger of that happening. She'd need to find a willing man, and that's not likely.

She's probably the only "female" to which the adjective "retromingent" applies.

Posted by: AbolhassanBaniSadr | November 18, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

CONGRATULATIONS, MR. HOLDER. THE INNOCENT VICTIMS OF EXTRAJUDICIAL TARGETING AND ORGANIZED "COMMUNITY/GANG STALKING" LOOK TO YOU TO FINALLY END DOMESTIC TERRORISM DIRECTED AGAINST AMERICAN CITIZENS:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/government-agencies-support-domestic-torture-and-gang-stalking-says-targeted-u-s-journalist
OR
http://members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 18, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Great choice! This is a man who understood and respected the law throughout his tenure at Justice. He is well respected by virtually everyone (except for the rabid partisans posting on this site and they would be screaming if Obama selected Jesus Christ himself). First step as the new AG, have every staff member read a copy of the Constitution and pledge to uphold the law regardless of partisan ideology. It's time to restore independence to Justice.

Posted by: MdLaw | November 18, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Eric Holder is first class. He has shown a lot of professional class throughout his career. He not only has fine experience, regardless of anyone's politics in the public sector, but he's spent some time recently on the private side. This well rounded experience is important in the AG's office. As for the lip about "He will be able to restore the values and morale of the department at this critical juncture.", that's just partisan noise that we were supposed to be spared. He didn't say that, a hyper partisan did.

Posted by: ohmd | November 18, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Saved Girl, your kind is nearly extinct. Thank goodness. Please don't reproduce.

Posted by: fluxgirl | November 18, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Oh God Not Another Clinton Era Hack & Loser
& Now Black Affirmative Action Appointee
by Loser Elect Barack Hussein Obama! So face it Eric Holder will never investigate
or prosceute any Clinton or Bush OR Barack
Obama Wrong Doing Or Corruption! Thumbs Down On Eric Holder For US Attorney General
Obama Find Someone Else or You Can Have
Your Phony "Change You Can Believe In" and
in fact after what I have seen so far here
Barack Hussein "Just Keep Your Change" you
phony two face lying crooked Democrat loser. One Term Obama and Out!

Posted by: sherrykay08 | November 18, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

//

It's never difficult to figure out who among the commenters here never made it past tenth grade.

Posted by: Attucks | November 18, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Eric Holder is an excellent choice for Attorney General. Brings lots of experience to the job. I only wish Obama chooses a person with equivalent experience for Secretary of State. I do not mean Senator Clinton. Better choices are Richardson and Holbrooke to name two.

Posted by: pbarnett52 | November 18, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

When I saw Immaual as cheif of staff my hear sank as we do not need a jew with alligeance to isreal in the white house. Now a NEGRO for attorney general??? Its obvuous that there is no longer a place at the table for Christain White people. This is a dafrk day for America and the people who voted for this evil man should be ashamed.

Posted by: SavedGirl | November 18, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Oh God Not Another Clinton Era Hack & Loser
& Now Black Affirmative Action Appointee
by Loser Elect Barack Hussein Obama! So face it Eric Holder will never investigate
or prosceute any Clinton or Bush OR Barack
Obama Wrong Doing Or Corruption! Thumbs Down On Eric Holder For US Attorney General
Obama Find Someone Else or You Can Have
Your Phony "Change You Can Believe In" and
in fact after what I have seen so far here
Barack Hussein "Just Keep Your Change" you
phony two face lying crooked Democrat loser. One Term Obama and Out!

Posted by: sherrykay08 | November 18, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

>>Okay, I'm willing to give Obama the benefit of the doubt because a lot of the things he did that I didn't like turned out to be the right thing to do in the end. But he better not screw this up.

Oh, shut up. Who the hell are you? And how much worse can it be screwed up than Bush, Bush, and Reagan have messed it up?

Posted by: GeorgHerbet | November 18, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Holder was Deputy AG from 1997 to 2001. During that time, or before or after, did Holder learn of attempts by Russia to use old or new files to pressure IMF loans or favorable terms on those loans? Was that concealed by the DOJ HQ from the investigation by the USAO Mass from 1997 to 2005 of Harvard? Was information withheld from Assistant US Attorney Sara Bloom? Did Holder allow Russia to maintain, build or make use of its old files, network or establish or expand these? The above is speculation. Same for other nominees from or associated to Harvard or other universities or the Clinton team.

Posted by: OldAtlantic | November 18, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Ah yes, change we can believe in. Suckers

Posted by: bandmom22 | November 18, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Sunnsea - mentioned "I like that he is reading up on Lincoln and Roosevelt...

Jrob822 - You didn't mention Clinton letting Bin Laden slide three times, or going to War in Bosnia without UN Consent.

Roosevelt (Democrat) Led us into World War 2 where approximately 450,000 lives were lost, about 112,500 per year.

Truman - also Democrat Led us into the Korean War and a loss of about 55,000 lives.

I agree with you jrob822. We haven't had a Great President since Ronald Reagan, and I'm afraid that a Liberal Extremist isn't going to be any more than comparitively horrible. I don't think that if Obama follows his past voting record, that he has a chance.

However, as I believe Al Gore Said, or was it Joe Biden "A Leopard can't change its stripes..." I know it was one of those imbeciles.


Posted by: ignoranceisbliss | November 18, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Eric Holder is a fine lawyer and an excellent choice for AG. The thing that's best about his nomination? He's not Jamie Gorelick.

Posted by: Rob_ | November 18, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

In the late 80s or early 90s, I was a juror in a murder trial over which Holder officiated when he was a judge. I was incredibly impressed with him at that time and have followed his career since. This is a solid, thoughtful man with a deep commitment to the law and his country. I can't think of a better choice.

Posted by: catsndogs | November 18, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

What knowledge did Eric Holder have of corruption in the Clinton administration? As the second highest ranking official in the Clinton Justice Department, later as interim AG, he would have had access to information about the Clintons and others in the administration.

Eric Holder has be touted as a former corruption prosecutor. Can he explain the fear in the Justice Department in the final year of the Clinton administration? Fear of terrorism, fear of losing the election in the event that damaging information about Justice / White House activities was acted on?

Posted by: redd1 | November 18, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Why so many Clinton people? They did not do a very good job and obama is bringing them back? What's happened to "change", ???

Posted by: yokosuka1985 | November 18, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

oh, chr!st. you clowns intend to revive the marc rich pardon; when the current scumbag occupant is about to pardon war criminals, thieves, and traitors -- for the fealty they've provided these past eight years.

but leave it to the panty-sniffing press corps to obsess and smear and target anyone and everyone who may have served in some capacity to the clinton administration. my god, the obsession you clowns have with bill and hillary clinton is sick. you really should seek treatment. and take christopher matthews with you.

Posted by: mycomment | November 18, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

excellent choice... hopefully he will seal the building and boil it... and return the constitution to its' lockbox.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | November 18, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

So far Obama is looking ten feet tall compared to pygmies like Lieberman, McCain and even Clinton. They seem small and petty to me in retrospect. I like that he is reading up on Lincoln and Roosevelt...I'm grateful we will have a President that reads at all....now as far Mr. Holder, the main question I have is: will he prosecute to the fullest extent of the law the crimes of the Bush Administration and the financial sector or will he just forgive and forget? This is main question. Yes, he is emminently qualified for the position but we need an agressive AG and staff to tackle an enormous backlog of cases and what ought to be large number of new investigations. This needs to come out if in fact he will be the nominee.

Posted by: sunnsea | November 18, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

A President of the Unites States screw things up? You gotta be kidding me...

Reagan/Bush I: illegally sold arms to Iran and then gave the funds to Nicaraguan Contras who were manufacturing and flooding the streets of LA with crack cocaine

Clinton: couldn't control himself

Bush II: let Bin Ladin slide while we waged a war against a country that wasn't a clear and present danger, wasting what will be $2 trillion dollars. And let his supposedly freemarket cronies/lobbyists/bigwigs game the system and run the energy and financial sectors, and just about the whole economy in the ground.

McCain would have started WWIII with Iran.

It's not like Obama has to do much to be, comparatively, an excellent President. We haven't had one lately.

Posted by: jrob822 | November 18, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Okay, I'm willing to give Obama the benefit of the doubt because a lot of the things he did that I didn't like turned out to be the right thing to do in the end. But he better not screw this up.

"I want to run the country."

"Okay, but don't you dare screw it up."

Posted by: treetopflyer | November 18, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Eric Holder is an excellent choice for attorney General. Hr will bring a wealth of experence to the position.

Posted by: mrshep | November 18, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

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