Holder to stay on as AG “for about a year”

posted at 10:01 am on November 20, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

As the New York Post predicted last week, Attorney General Eric Holder will not leave the Obama administration at the start of Barack Obama’s second term — but he won’t be sticking around too much longer than that. The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday and Fox News confirmed last night that Holder will stay “about a year” in order to provide Obama with some continuity for his Cabinet in the transition to his second term.  The list has already begun for Holder’s successor, however:

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.

Who has made the short list to run the Department of Justice so far?  With one exception, it’s not a terribly controversial list.  Fox’s report puts Deval Patrick’s name most prominently, followed by Senators Amy Klobuchar and Richard Blumenthal. They also include Janet Napolitano, who has almost zero chance of getting past Republicans in a confirmation fight after her four years at Homeland Security.  That might create more controversy than nominating Susan Rice for Secretary of State after her shameful performance in the aftermath of the Benghazi terrorist attack.

Deval Patrick’s name has come up before, but it doesn’t make a lot of sense.  Patrick has won two terms as governor in Massachusetts, and might harbor presidential aspirations in 2016.  Getting tied to a Cabinet position will spell the end of his upward ascent in electoral politics.  Both Amy Klobuchar and Richard Blumenthal would get an easy ride in the Senate, and both come from states with safe Democratic environments — and Democratic governors to appoint their successors.

The safest choice would be Klobuchar, where no strong Republican candidate for Senator is on the horizon, and no self-funders seem interested in trying out for the job.  Obama would have the opportunity to appoint another woman to his Cabinet, and Klobuchar would have a low risk for embarrassment to the administration, unlike Blumenthal, whose false claims of combat service would almost certainly get mentioned in a confirmation hearing.  If Obama hopes for a more collegial environment and a de-escalation of hostility over decisions at the DoJ, Klobuchar is probably the smart choice.


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That should be just long enough to get rid of all of the evidence in the Justice Department about Fast and Furious.

RoadRunner on November 20, 2012 at 10:05 AM

I wonder who Dayton would send to Washington to replace AKlo. You could flip two Senate seats in Minnesota in 2014 if that happened. I have a feeling there won’t be a problem finding a candidate to run against Franken.

Mr. D on November 20, 2012 at 10:07 AM

change the face, keep the mission.

….and the march towards soft tyranny continues.

PappyD61 on November 20, 2012 at 10:07 AM

I can hear the shredders humming from my house.

Pork-Chop on November 20, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Bad News

PATCON
FALN pardons
Fast and Furious

Who knows what else

Philo Beddoe on November 20, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Racial divisons aren’t quite where Obama wants them so he’s keeping the radical, corrupt racist Holder on to bring the kettle to a boil.

darwin on November 20, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Then another year and then another year. It is a signal that this administration can do anything it wants. They got away with Fast and Furious, White House leaks and conveniently destroying the reputation of David Petraeus. I can only guess on what they will do next.

maddmatt on November 20, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Senator Klobuchar presents a very pleasant face when media is around. However, someone may want to check her record as Hennepin Cty Attorney. My recollection is that keeping staff was a very big problem – may mean other issues existed.

Do not under estimate Franken – he’s one of the biggest money raisers for the Democrats. There are many who want to challenge him but he will be formidable. Of the two (Klobuchar and Franken), Senator Franken will be a more difficult race.

MN J on November 20, 2012 at 10:12 AM

More guns to run, more border agents to kill, more “white folks” to die, more voting fraud to commit, more republican Congressmen to do nothing about it. Shameful.

BruthaMan on November 20, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Van Jones has the inside track.

slickwillie2001 on November 20, 2012 at 10:14 AM

That should be just long enough to get rid of all of the evidence in the Justice Department about Fast and Furious.

RoadRunner on November 20, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Or for a Supreme Court justice to leave the bench.

Steve Eggleston on November 20, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Notwithstanding all the current commie Democrats vote to dismantle the U.S. Constitution, spend thrift our tax money for votes for the commie way, and suck up to this know nothing grifter from Chicago, so no matter which one, from Barnyard Frank to Joe don’t know shit Biden, none of them should be in office except for the bribes to be elected wity our tax money.

Screw’m all filthy commies.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 20, 2012 at 10:15 AM

If Holder hid the Petraeus affair from Obama, why would Obama keep him on?

forest on November 20, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Do not under estimate Franken – he’s one of the biggest money raisers for the Democrats. There are many who want to challenge him but he will be formidable. Of the two (Klobuchar and Franken), Senator Franken will be a more difficult race.

MN J on November 20, 2012 at 10:12 AM

They stole the Franken seat once, they can do it again. In Minnesota the DFL reigns supreme.

slickwillie2001 on November 20, 2012 at 10:16 AM

So when will there be an opening on the Supreme Court? With three hard “progressives” in their 50′s being appointed by Obama, we will have even more problems ahead. I don’t like being a pessimist but I tend to agree that “cleaning up the records” of DOJ would take about a year – that is for data tracking the current crop of major issues (murder of Mexicans, murder of American guards, gunrunning in the ME???, Benghazi, etc.) to just not occur.

It would be really nice if our MSM would bother to do their job. Push on this administration they way they nit-piecked Republican administrations. Must be nice to be a teacher’s pet industry. What the media fails to recognize is that sooner or later they also will be ignored, removed, etc. I seem to recall that a major Russian dictator had a habit of turning on his friends periodically just to scare the daylights out of anyone who would consider challenging him.

MN J on November 20, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Until all the U.S. calls this crime family of commie Democrats out for what they in fact are the U.S.A. will continue to fall into disrupte and shame, here within and world wide.

Call them out or the U.S.A. will fail.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 20, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Winner on the first post

Good job roadrunner

cmsinaz on November 20, 2012 at 10:19 AM

5 year vesting?

faraway on November 20, 2012 at 10:22 AM

…and then what?…jail maybe?
…oh no…that would involve Congress!

KOOLAID2 on November 20, 2012 at 10:23 AM

The Democrat party works now as paid “scouts” for world wide commie powers, they guide the ones who want to destroy the U.S. to our secrets and power.

They are the paid fools of destruction of the U.S..

We can lie to ourselves and make belive it is not true, but their actions are the facts of the deal.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 20, 2012 at 10:23 AM

who gave the Stand Down order?

ted c on November 20, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Washington, DC
Thursday, September 20, 2012

Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz testified Thursday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about his agency’s report, released Wednesday, that details an ATF operation known as “Fast and Furious.”

The 471-page report comes after an 18-month investigation, and recommends more than a dozen agency officials receive administrative or disciplinary action. DOJ Attorney General Eric Holder said he will not take any corrective action in his agency in response to the failed operation until his agency has reviewed the report.

This is the most recent update I could find on CSPAN. It was probably probably sent as an email so he won’t read it. I can’t find any information on the status of the Contempt of Congress thing, or whether Issa has taken it to court.

Night Owl on November 20, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Fact,

Iran, without Russia’s help would Iran still be in the hands of the mad mullas.

Answer: NO.

Who enables Russia to aid and abbet Iran.

“After the elections I will have more flexability.”

Fact even if whispered behind the curtins.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 20, 2012 at 10:27 AM

“The Stand Down Order” , is now the offical general order of the entire U.S. Dept. of Defense.

The CIC is B. Obama.

Keep the chain of command in your minds 24/7.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 20, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Staying on for at least one more pardon season, in December, to no doubt pad his Marc Rich-funded offshore accounts.

TXUS on November 20, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Ot : dni head removed aq from talking points

Pathetic excuse as to why

Via drudge

cmsinaz on November 20, 2012 at 10:31 AM

He really should stand down and let them nominate Jeremiah Wright.

CorporatePiggy on November 20, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Methinks that Obama wants to spread out the controversial nominees to maximize the number of times that he can use the phrase “these obstructionist Republicans are standing in the way of my job.”

blammm on November 20, 2012 at 10:36 AM

He’s staying one year, or until 50 more Mexicans are killed by Fast & Furious guns. Whichever comes first.

BuzzCrutcher on November 20, 2012 at 10:38 AM

If Obama hopes for a more collegial environment and a de-escalation of hostility over decisions at the DoJ, Klobuchar is probably the smart choice.

Frankly, I don’t think , “a more collegial environment” factors into Mr. Obama’s calculus.

MessesWithTexas on November 20, 2012 at 10:39 AM

cmsinaz etal

From the CBS News story on who removed the aq.

“CBS News senior correspondent John Miller, himself a former Deputy Director of the Director of National Intellegance analysis devision.”

One day this guy is inside writing the lies the Goverment tells U.S., next day is a paid hack of CBS telling U.S. lies CBS wants U.S. to belive.

We are the fools to allow this shit.

We will die by a 10′s of thousands of lie cuts to our hearts.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 20, 2012 at 10:44 AM

He has to make sure his pardon will hold up.

And to make sure corruption is ingrained in the department.

ProfShadow on November 20, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Apache
*sigh *

cmsinaz on November 20, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Washinton D.C. now sits on a crumbling foundation of evil lies.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 20, 2012 at 10:46 AM

in order to provide Obama with some continuity for his Cabinet in the transition to his second term

Thanks for the MSM recap, Ed. Now, go over to the Kos and complete your transition, please.

bernverdnardo1 on November 20, 2012 at 10:52 AM

We must keep it simple on what is killing Americans. Keep it simple and fact based and we will be able to deal with it.

As of now the liars in D.C. make it a cloud of lies so that we do not know who, what, or where to fight.

Be it an evil reasons, or be it they are stupid, the results to U.S. are the same, our fighting men get killed and out country is slected now for destruction from within and from outside.

It is now clear the leaders are helpless which makes U.S. helpless.

Change the leaders is the first thing on the way to a solution for U.S..

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 20, 2012 at 10:57 AM

This notice seems to indicate that the Republicans in the House are going to simply forget the lying under oath, the cover up, the gun running, and all of the other criminal acts of Eric Holder. Knowing this, what difference does it make who is running the government. They are all corrupt.

CaliRay on November 20, 2012 at 11:06 AM

It’s pretty hard to find people you can trust to lie for you.

bflat879 on November 20, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Klobuchar is a liberal but she is a very good lawyer. She is a smarter, less phony, and less shrill version of Elizabeth Warren. I used to work for a company based in Minneapolis, and the attorneys there spoke very highly of her. She is probably the best we will get at DOJ. I can see Obama appointing the first woman AG too, as a reward to all the women who voted for him. He’s losing Hillary and he needs another woman in the Cabinet. Certainly Klobuchar would be better than any of the other Democrat women in the Senate.

The other woman I would not count out is Jennifer Granholm. She was AG of Michigan before being Governor and is extremely ambitious and telegenic.

rockmom on November 20, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Good just in time to be a public spectacle.

Speakup on November 20, 2012 at 12:13 PM

BTW, Eric Holder is really an unsung hero of this election for the Democrats. His lawsuit against Arizona over SB 1070 inflamed Latino sentiment nationwide against Republicans, and his appointmenr of Tom Perez as Assistant AG for Civil Rights was extremely popular in the Latino community. Perez has been a hyper-partisan, hyper-racialist in running the Civil Rights Division. He hired 102 lawyers, most of them minorities, and they have focused on racial discrimination cases.

Holder’s suits against the state voter ID laws also created a ready-made “voter suppression” issue to demagogue with black voters. It was a huge, huge factor in getting black turnout almost as high as in 2008. And Holder’s dismissal of the New Black Panthers case sent an unmistakable signal to the urban political machines that there was now no sheriff in town.

This is one area where Obama really did deliver on his camapign promises. So he owes Eric Holder a lot. I am expecting a Supreme Court appointment if there is an opening.

rockmom on November 20, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Wonder where he’ll go next? He’ll be carrying with him the honor of being the first sitting attorney general held in contempt of Congress in U.S. What a badge of honor!

scalleywag on November 20, 2012 at 12:40 PM

I’m sure there are openings all over DC for the most contemptuous AG ever. And I’m not being sarcastic, he’ll fit right in in many places.

scalleywag on November 20, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Holder will stay “about a year” in order to provide Obama with some continuity cover for his Cabinet in the transition to his second term.

FTFY

agmartin on November 20, 2012 at 12:56 PM

They also include Janet Napolitano, who has almost zero chance of getting past Republicans in a confirmation fight after her four years at Homeland Security.

Ha! Good one. There’s not a candidate out there that Republicans would raise one finger to stop.

xblade on November 20, 2012 at 1:02 PM

If Holder hid the Petraeus affair from Obama, why would Obama keep him on?

forest on November 20, 2012 at 10:15 AM

To say, “Thank you!”?

RoadRunner on November 20, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Is A Klo even a lawyer?

Sgt_H on November 20, 2012 at 1:37 PM

So, does this mean they estimate about a year before the F&F investigation makes it too hot for Holder to stay any longer?

tom on November 20, 2012 at 3:47 PM