The return of The Wall?

posted at 9:45 am on November 10, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

The New York Times’ Eric Lichtblau takes a look at a potential Attorney General nominee in the nascent Barack Obama administration — and it’s a familiar face.  Jamie S. Gorelick may be on Obama’s short list for AG, but she has been a familiar face during the Bush administration, too.  Gorelick served under Janet Reno during the Clinton administration and played a critical role in blinding counterterrorism efforts prior to 9/11:

Would bring to the job: A wide-ranging Washington résumé that spans corporate, legal and national security affairs. Ms. Gorelick (pronounced Guh-REH-lick) was the No. 2 official at the Justice Department in the Clinton administration, from 1994 to 1997, and if chosen would be the second woman to be named attorney general, following her former boss, Janet Reno. Ms. Gorelick would also bring corporate experience to an Obama administration at a time of financial crisis.

Is linked to Mr. Obama by: Deep contacts in Democratic circles and a background in civil rights. But Ms. Gorelick backed Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic primaries and contributed early on to her campaign, which could work against her as a contender. She contributed $10,000 to Mr. Obama’s presidential political action committee in August, after his nomination was all but assured.

Gorelick would bring corporate experience to an Obama administration — in the same way Rahm Emanuel did.  Gorelick was vice chairman at Fannie Mae in the years when the GSE fraudulently reported its income.  She got a Friends of Angelo sweetheart mortgage for almost a million dollars in 2003, and is currently under investigation by the department she would run if nominated for AG.

But even without that taint of corruption, Gorelick would signal a return to incompetence and infighting.  Gorelick played a major role in keeping counterterrorist and law-enforcement agents from sharing information and “connecting the dots” before 9/11.  In a series of judgments at the DoD and at Justice during her tenure in the Clinton administration, Gorelick hamstrung our efforts to find and disarm terrorist infiltrators by discouraging any cooperation between intelligence and enforcement efforts by making “the wall” much more significant than Congress ever intended.

Gorelick wound up serving as a panelist on the 9/11 Commission, but she should have been served a subpoena instead.  Two memos from Clinton-appointed US Attorney Mary Jo White made this point crystal clear, as did an explanation from someone involved for years in the counterterrorist effort.  Gorelick imposed an unrealistic standard on intelligence gathering that led directly to the 9/11 attacks.  As AG, she would have even more power to reimpose those same limitations, and leave us just as blind as we were before those attacks.

Obama ran on “hope and change”, but if Gorelick is what he had in mind, then he sold the US a bill of goods.  It would make the second former GSE board member nominated to a high position in his administration, one who already has connections to Countrywide’s corruption and a federal probe into her actions.  Gorelick also has failed in developing policies and strategies to keep the nation secure.  She would be a disaster as AG, and if she really is on the short list, it shows how clueless Barack Obama is about the threats to this nation.


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Great point Gladenyv

marklmail on November 10, 2008 at 10:50 AM

Since when did “change” get defined as “Clinton-era retread?”

JohnTant on November 10, 2008 at 9:49 AM

But these re-treads will have “proper air pressure/inflation”
(insert Lewinsky joke here)

Brat on November 10, 2008 at 10:51 AM

There are far too many qualified women (and I do think it will be a woman) including Janet Napolitano. Jennifer Granholm, Anne Milgram (current AG in New Jersey) who supported Obama early on.

rockmom on November 10, 2008 at 10:14 AM

You clearly have a far far lower standard as what constitutes a qualified nominee (gender excluded intentionally because I’m sick of this tote board mentality where every possible nominee is parsed into race, gender, species, and astrological sign).

highhopes on November 10, 2008 at 10:52 AM

Third official. Obama himself was an ACORN attorney in an attempt to force Citibank into the subprime marketplace.

unclesmrgol on November 10, 2008 at 10:53 AM

By appointing Gorelick as A.G. it is guaranteed that the D.O.J. will not investigate anyone connected with Fannie Me & Freddie Mac.

Which is why she will get the job.

They are circling the wagons around people like Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Maxine Waters, Franklin Raines, and yes, Jamie Gorelick. The Democrat Power base must be kept intact, by any means necessary. Thus one could argue that Obama is not clueless, but shrewd and dangerous.

But, yeah, The Mistress of Disaster is an absolute disgrace which seems to be what’s required to get leadership positions in the Dem Party.

Buy Danish on November 10, 2008 at 10:49 AM

Spot on, mirroring her inclusion on the 9/11 commission.

thomasaur on November 10, 2008 at 10:54 AM

From Business Week, Spring 2002:

Q&A with Fannie Mae’s Jamie Gorelick

The vice-chairman sees “a very, very strong 2002″ and says Fannie and Freddie are “managed safely”

EnglishMike on November 10, 2008 at 10:55 AM

Okay – instead of bitching about this, what can we do?

Just roll over and take it? Seriously. Writing and calling representatives? Something has to be done at every turn of this worm.

I cannot go through the next four years saying, woulda coulda shoulda. I am really quite new to being a politcal junkie, so I honestly don’t know what options we have to voice opposition.

An Attorney General must be confirmed by the Senate. The GOP has 40 Senators for sure, then Saxby Chambliss needs to win his runoff (likely), Norm Coleman his recount (50/50 chance), and a suitable replacement needs to be found for Ted Stevens (by Sarah Palin–that’s in good hands). Then, if Obama wants anyone this corrupt as a puppet master–we flood GOP Senators with messages to FILIBUSTER until a reasonable nominee is found. There are a few reasonable Democrats in the Senate (Ben Nelson of NE, Mary Landrieu of LA, Joe Lieberman of CT) who might be persuaded to join filibusters as well.

Steve Z on November 10, 2008 at 10:56 AM

The problem with the subprime loans wasn’t borrower screening. It was that pesky obligation to repay it at all that brought things down. If that obligation is redistributed to the people who can afford to pay it, the problem disappears.

EconomicNeocon on November 10, 2008 at 9:49 AM

It’s true that consequences are the problem. However, if there were lots of people who could buy up this many bad assets, they could use the money to solve other problems.

… and have you noticed that falling off a cliff is not a problem?: It’s the sudden stop when you hit the ground.

Right_of_Attila on November 10, 2008 at 10:58 AM

Cheaper to simply give her another twenty-five million and ask her to go buy and inhabit an island somewhere.

ncjetsfan on November 10, 2008 at 10:17 AM

What are they doing with Alcatraz these days?

chunderroad on November 10, 2008 at 10:58 AM

Hopefully, the Republicans are ready to scream holy hell when these confirmation hearings start.

sheesh on November 10, 2008 at 10:50 AM

In the Senate? You’ve got to be kidding! The US Senate is a very exclusive club where the members have been around one another so long that the GOP will never take issue to a nominee put up at the start of a Presidential administration.

Just look at what a wimp McCain was at attacking fellow club members Biden and Obama (unlike McCain’s staffs apparently full license to attack Sarah Palin so long as none of it made it to print until after the election).

highhopes on November 10, 2008 at 10:59 AM

EnglishMike on November 10, 2008 at 10:55 AM

Hmmm… when did Gorelick leave the board of Fannie and Freddie?

Before or after Sarbains/Oxley came into effect? If after she is legaly liable for the mess.

Romeo13 on November 10, 2008 at 11:02 AM

Shick

As a USMC combat vet of Vietnam and having a cousin on that wall in DC, thank you for a well thought out and well expressed opinion. I concur. This doesn’t lessen the importance of Our Wall,” The Wall” precisely describes Gorelick’s complicity in 9/11, Freddy Mac, counseling of the Duke rape accuser. I am comfortable with said designation.

MNDavenotPC on November 10, 2008 at 11:05 AM

I’d have more respect for Ms. Gore-lick if she lit a bag of dog feces on fire and threw it on my front porch.

She has played a role in two of the deadliest and costliest failures in recent history. She built “The Wall” between intelligence and domestic law enforcement and was part of the recent financial collapse.

Really, throwing flaming feces on my porch would’ve been less damaging.

Ampleforth on November 10, 2008 at 11:08 AM

Looks like the “Destroy America First” crowd is going to have their day…..

DL13 on November 10, 2008 at 11:10 AM

Putting Jamie Gorelick back in the government anywhere is really stupid. Toilet bowl engineering says that the biggest and smelliest piece of C**P floats to the top when you stir up the bowl!

Watching this woman’s name surface during 9/11 hearings and Fannie / Freddie mortgage disaster discussions is surreal. It’s like watching Mel Gibson’s PASSION OF THE CHRIST movie–satan keeps appearing in the background of every scene. NO MAS!

John Bibb

rocketman on November 10, 2008 at 11:12 AM

EnglishMike on November 10, 2008 at 10:18 AM

Lewinski and Gorelick ?

gh on November 10, 2008 at 11:14 AM

Perfect! The person most responsible for 911 AND a crooked fannie and freddie hack as AG. Nothing more need be said.

JIMV on November 10, 2008 at 11:21 AM

What happened to change? Obama is haulin’ out all these old has beens and going backwards. Is that what he meant by change?

Wade on November 10, 2008 at 11:26 AM

I almost can’t believe this. I knew that Obama was bad but if he appoints her as AG I rest my case. My Liberal voting in laws and relatives will NEVER HEAR THE END OF THIS.

worlok on November 10, 2008 at 11:28 AM

This possibility is simply incomprehensible.

Are we going to keep bringing here back into government until she destroys this country entirely????

She has been arguably more of an ally of Osama Bin Laden than anyone else.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/09/mistress_of_disaster_jamie_gor.html

drjohn on November 10, 2008 at 11:35 AM

Great selection. Only enhances Osamabamamessiah’s odds for failure.

davidk on November 10, 2008 at 11:43 AM

Good grief. None of these crooks will ever get their due.
What will they do next? Clone Hitler and Stalin for more reruns? I am so sick of these evil people.

MoGal on November 10, 2008 at 11:51 AM

that woman did more to our unpreparedness to AQ as anyone.
bringing her back would be a slap in the face.
but bringing her back would provide the dems a shield to those who destroyed our economy via Freddie and Fannie.
these are the new thug days…

jimmer on November 10, 2008 at 11:58 AM

it shows how clueless Barack Obama is about the threats to this nation.

The man is clueless — and you have to wonder about the 53% of the electorate who must be equally clueless…to put the nation in this man’s hands in such a time as this…yikes.

Richard Romano on November 10, 2008 at 12:04 PM

Time to buy some more ammo, get ready for the coming civil war between the remaining American patriots and Washington.

connectthedots on November 10, 2008 at 12:06 PM

The Big Zero is a marxist. That’s been clear for some time even before the election. He hasn’t even tried too hard to hide it. Now the re-education begins in earnest. Re-read 1984 for a primer on how things will be done. They were just off by a few years.

One of the first things in the re-education silly bus is getting the public to think that redistribution of income is a good thing. Expect the marxists in the MSM to annoint and promote redistribution as a good thing for all. Expect a few rich liberal idiots to say how they’re happy to pay more taxes.

Expect the worst. Hope and pray we’re still around in four years and this guy is gone, but don’t bet on it.

Work to make it happen. Starting now. Organize. All politics start at the local level. Do your part.

shmendrick on November 10, 2008 at 12:07 PM

As a USMC combat vet of Vietnam and having a cousin on that wall in DC, thank you for a well thought out and well expressed opinion. I concur. This doesn’t lessen the importance of Our Wall,” The Wall” precisely describes Gorelick’s complicity in 9/11, Freddy Mac, counseling of the Duke rape accuser. I am comfortable with said designation.

MNDavenotPC on November 10, 2008 at 11:05 AM

Thank you for your service sir. I feel for the loss of your cousin. We have another battle ahead I pray that it will remain bloodless. However, history has unfortunately shown that in order to preserve that freedom usually requires the shedding of blood.

shick on November 10, 2008 at 12:08 PM

Gorelick would finish the job Sandy Berger started, namely to basically whitewash any Clinton “tie” to the later 9/11 attacks. That’s why she was put on the 9/11 Commission as well.

As an AG, she will also be able to “disappear” her role, as well as that of her Clinton cronies, in the fiascos that are Fannie and Freddie.

“Change” indeed.

Del Dolemonte on November 10, 2008 at 12:17 PM

I hope Bin Laden flies a rocket up each Obama voter’s ass.

marklmail on November 10, 2008 at 12:21 PM

Jamie Gorelick would be the absolute worst choice for AG.

gary fouse on November 10, 2008 at 12:24 PM

She would be a disaster as AG, and if she really is on the short list, it shows how clueless Barack Obama is about the threats to this nation.

Well…………………. I think some of us were trying to relay this message BEFORE the election.

Just the thought of this makes me want to throw up……

Seven Percent Solution on November 10, 2008 at 12:40 PM

Gorelick is a travesty for America but she’s only the first of many travesties that the BO government will bring in.

Mojave Mark on November 10, 2008 at 12:42 PM

Who’s ready for another WACO? How about a dozen Wacos?

nelsonknows on November 10, 2008 at 12:59 PM

Probably a stalking horse, so when he actually nominates someone who is just a normal lefty, we’ll think that they are awesome.

holdfast on November 10, 2008 at 1:37 PM

Please have him take Janet “Nappy” Napalitano, she is destroying AZ.

Tim Burton on November 10, 2008 at 2:07 PM

Ms. Gorelick (pronounced Guh-REH-lick)
I prefer the phonetic pronunciation: ‘gore-lick’. It sounds suitably sinister, and also conjures up visions of what she and everyone else in the Obama administration would like to do to big Al’s behind.

EnglishMike on November 10, 2008 at 10:18 AM

Guh-REH-lick rhymes with derelict

Graystoke on November 10, 2008 at 2:20 PM

doom

ThePrez on November 10, 2008 at 2:58 PM

So, in other words, Gorelick is a perfect fit for this administration.

andycanuck on November 10, 2008 at 3:06 PM

The mere fact of having any sort of a recommendation from Janet Reno on ones resume should be grounds for banishment from Washington at least as far from the Mississippi…that is, if no place can be found for them in Hawaii…or Uzbekistan…or Mars….

Puritan1648 on November 10, 2008 at 3:26 PM

After all, Obama has to make it easier for terrorists to attack again somehow, otherwise he’ll never be able to include his opposition in his list of supporters.

After the coming attack, he’ll send a Clinton style strongly worded letter to Bin Laden and that will fix everything, and republicans everywhere will cheer his hawkish stance against muslim extremists.

(resisting the urge to spit)

Spiritk9 on November 10, 2008 at 3:39 PM

Just to second JustTruth101:

I saw all kinds of insanity among Billy Ayers types in the ’60s. None of it made any sense to me (naive, in my 20s) until I saw this:

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x32cxf_yuri-bezmenov

This is the source of Hillary’s politics, as well as Ayers, Farrakhan, Wright, Emanuel, Bawney Fwank, et al.
This should be seen by everybody you know, AND THEIR KIDS.

Sorry for shouting, but IMO anybody waiting for moderation from the left is in deep denial. They don’t care what you think!

warbaby on November 10, 2008 at 4:17 PM

There are only so many ways of spelling DISASTER!!

WTF is O’Dumbo thinking?!?

Today’s Gallup poll has his favorablity ratings up from 62% to 68%.
I just can’t see Palin as President. Sorry, but she’s just not smart enough.

Newt’2012.

jacobnyc on November 10, 2008 at 4:42 PM

Make no mistake, it will be the liberal leadership who will place key Clinton retreads to certain posts to cover their bacon and not Obama. Dude couldn’t tie his own shoes without checking with is handlers. Jamie Gorelick will be the new Janet Reno… investigate nothing, prosecute enemies only.

lonestr on November 10, 2008 at 4:54 PM

Ms. Gorelick (pronounced Guh-REH-lick)

To me, she’ll always be Gore-lick.

and if chosen would be the second woman to be named attorney general, following her former boss, Janet Reno.

Yeah, and we all know how well that turned out. Elio Gonzalez, Waco, etc…

Big John on November 10, 2008 at 6:50 PM

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