WH: Obama won’t name Holder’s replacement until you rubes have already cast your midterm ballots

posted at 5:21 pm on October 14, 2014 by Allahpundit

He’ll delay naming a new AG until November for the same reason he’s delayed issuing an executive order granting amnesty to America’s illegals and for the same reason next year’s insurance premiums won’t be available to ObamaCare exchange consumers until mid-November. There’s a chance that his nominal boss, America’s voting public, will fire a few of his Democratic colleagues from the Senate if those issues are laid squarely before them as they go into the booth. Obvious solution: Wait until the votes are in and the boss is back on electoral vacation before you wreck the company.

What self-respecting Most Transparent Administration Ever would do differently?

A White House official confirmed Monday that the president would delay the decision. Senate Democrats, who are struggling to hold control of the chamber, had expressed concern that the decision, depending on the nominee, could become a campaign issue.

It was not immediately clear whether the White House still intends to push for a new attorney general to be confirmed in the lame duck session of the Senate beginning in mid-November. Normally the Senate Judiciary Committee would have at least one to two months to consider such a nomination.

Bush also used the lame-duck session to have a cabinet vacancy filled but his nominee was Bob Gates, an official sufficiently respected by both sides that not only was he confirmed as SecDef by a 95-2 vote (with both nays being cast by Republicans), he stayed on at the Pentagon when the Democrat Obama succeeded the Republican Bush. Bush also had no opportunity to announce that Gates was replacing Rumsfeld before the midterm vote that year: Rumsfeld’s resignation was tendered the day after the election, a decision criticized by some Republicans as an opportunity lost. Why not boot the unpopular Rumsfeld before the vote in hopes that some voters who were angry about the state of Iraq might be cheered by a change in direction? By comparison, Obama gets the best of both worlds, shedding some of Holder’s baggage before the vote without accumulating any new baggage from his yet-unannounced nominee. And now Mark Pryor and Mary Landrieu and the rest of the red-state Democrat rubber-stamp brigade don’t have to answer any tough questions this month about whether they’ll vote to confirm O’s new DOJ nominee.

Exit question: Is there any reason why Obama might be reluctant to fight a contentious confirmation battle for AG and issue his executive order on amnesty during the lame-duck session? That seems like a lot of rancor for one president to foist on a departing Senate but I can’t come up with a good reason for why O shouldn’t do it. The lame-duck will be his last chance to have a Democratic Senate wave through one of his nominees. And he’s under so much pressure from amnesty shills to legalize illegals, he might not be willing to wait until January to do it. What political price would he or any other Democrat pay if he tried to do both of those things in November or December? None, right? Except Mary Landrieu, of course, who might be facing a runoff with Bill Cassidy in December. But if Cassidy takes 51 percent of the vote on election day in November, averting the need for a runoff, what’s stopping O then?


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I hope Rs are pointing this out on the campaign trail. That might be too much to ask for though.

cat_owner on October 14, 2014 at 5:25 PM

I`m betting on Valerie Jarrette (sp?)…….. Then Hot Air gets shut down and we`re all rounded up and put into FEMA camps with Ebola blankets.

ThePrez on October 14, 2014 at 5:26 PM

hey! if I’m a rube then you’re chopped liver!

DanMan on October 14, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Can any nominations be filibustered? Judges, cabinet appointments?

Vince on October 14, 2014 at 5:27 PM

How about Mike Nifong, he persecuted rich white boys in the Duke Lacrosse case.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2014/04/21/the-attempted-rehabilitation-of-mike-nifong/

Evil Republican on October 14, 2014 at 5:28 PM

I really cannot stand these people. Talk about “JV”.

bernzright777 on October 14, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Holder’s eyes look devilish.

Which one is the bigger thug in that picture? I say Holder.

obama is just an oaf.

Schadenfreude on October 14, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Scroll down a tad.

Schadenfreude on October 14, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Not that you actually have to be a lawyer to be Attorney General…

But I bet 0bama would like to get Bill Ayres in there.

Of course Malik Zulu Shabazz does have that law degree, so he has to be in the running.

But 0bama is a piker if he doesn’t bring Janet Reno back in…
She is the only one who has actually incinerated enemies of the regime…. The rest are just a bunch of big talkers.

LegendHasIt on October 14, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Al Sharpton?

John the Libertarian on October 14, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Rubes Unite!

cmsinaz on October 14, 2014 at 5:34 PM

He’ll delay naming a new AG until November for the same reason he’s delayed issuing an executive order granting amnesty to America’s illegals and for the same reason next year’s insurance premiums

He’s a COWARD.

RickB on October 14, 2014 at 5:34 PM

57 states
Austrian
Obeguinee
corpseman
Etc.

America, in front of you are turkeys, in all their glory.

Schadenfreude on October 14, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Senate Democrats, who are struggling to hold control of the chamber, had expressed concern that the decision, depending on the nominee, could become a campaign issue.

Well, who’s the most toxic political figure for Democrats right now Obama.

Obama will appoint himself.

Aizen on October 14, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Valerie Jarrett?

John the Libertarian on October 14, 2014 at 5:37 PM

But 0bama is a piker if he doesn’t bring Janet Reno back in…
She is the only one who has actually incinerated enemies of the regime…. The rest are just a bunch of big talkers.

LegendHasIt on October 14, 2014 at 5:33 PM

First fat Lesbian…the CDC did the study, with Ebola dough…then the left accused the right about cutting the CDC budget…but today it was revealed that the Rs gave the CDC more dough than obama had asked for.

Fiction can NEVER be this good, bad or good fiction.

Schadenfreude on October 14, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Rudi Giuliani

Schadenfreude on October 14, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Dems should be fearing that exec amnesty…but they are morons so…

sorrowen on October 14, 2014 at 5:40 PM

He can’t announce that he wants Bernardine Dohrn right away. He has to ease into it.

RBMN on October 14, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Now I can see why he’s resting & golfing so much.

He’s got a lot of work to do… after the election of course.

New AG, new Obamacare rates, new Immigration law-override, new information on possible trial of Bergdahl to release, maybe finally a new Surgeon General… and I’m sure I’m missing tons of stuff.

Amazing the list of things we’ll get once the election is over so we can’t respond with votes for whatever they give us.

I’m sure they’ll all be great, and they’re delaying everything to avoid being swamped with praise before the election.

They’re humble like that, right?

gekkobear on October 14, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Al Sharpton?

John the Libertarian on October 14, 2014 at 5:34 PM

I thought that was already decided. With Mostly Sh%? NBC on the verge of a complete collapse poor faithful Al needs a new gig.

Annar on October 14, 2014 at 5:45 PM

…and Hillary cried “What difference, at this point, does it make?”

Methinks Obama is under no pressure whatsoever to do anything he doesn’t want to do. R Senate or D Senate, so what? He takes cover in the EO or the veto no matter which way it goes. He’s broken so many laws already, what’s 1 or 2 more? or 500? And even when the Senate goes R, there are still at least 8 or 9 RINO’s in there that will side with Obama, or confirm his appointees, or otherwise squander any gains we might have made on Nov. 4

My goodness, how we still underestimate him.

leftamark on October 14, 2014 at 5:47 PM

I still won’t believe eric is leaving until he is gone cause he has been leaving for three years and he ain’t left yet. Bo can’t afford for him to leave because there are too many investigations for him to delay.

tim c on October 14, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Grammar fail:

“What self-respecting Most Transparent Administration Ever would do differently?”

Free Indeed on October 14, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Happening

Schadenfreude on October 14, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Can any nominations be filibustered? Judges, cabinet appointments?

Vince on October 14, 2014 at 5:27 PM

I believe only SCOTUS nominations.

Bitter Clinger on October 14, 2014 at 5:50 PM

King Barack isn’t afraid of the peasants. He’s got two more years of reparations to collect.

GarandFan on October 14, 2014 at 5:51 PM

I’m actually not quite as cynical as usual on this one. If Obama wants to have a controversial AG for his last 2 years, he’ll make the announcement and Reid will Rahm it through during the lame duck. However, I’ve heard rumors he would like to appoint Deval Patrick, the Governor of Massachusetts, who won’t be available until January. If that’s the case, I really can’t see the Republicans putting up a fight so he might wait, insinuate that this is a bipartisan appointment, and try to make nice in January.

OK, I know it’s pie in the sky and there are unicorns all over this thing, but I’d like to think there’s someone there with enough common sense to know, if the Republicans take over the Senate, things have to change, it can’t be business as usual.

bflat879 on October 14, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Obama will appoint an AG during recess. Do not forget that he always doubles down. SCOTUS rebuked him over the NLRB….why would he not double down again?

Mord on October 14, 2014 at 5:52 PM

going to be perez and he is poison

dmacleo on October 14, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Face reality folks, Obama has figured out that the majority of American’s have the political attention span of a gnat, and is playing the country for fools. It’s hard to fault him, because the majority of American’s were fool enough to elected him, not once, but twice.

oscarwilde on October 14, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Wait a minute – Republicans were just warning Obama that he should do EXACTLY THIS – wait until after the election. Now you are trying to say it is wrong to do EXACTLY THIS?

crazy. Obama Disturbed Derangement Syndrome. ODDS

Gebeaux on October 14, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Susan Rice – she’s too embarrassing on the int’l front.

Schadenfreude on October 14, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Lynne Stewart? She’s out of prison.

RBMN on October 14, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Obama will appoint an AG during recess. Do not forget that he always doubles down. SCOTUS rebuked him over the NLRB….why would he not double down again?

Mord on October 14, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Only problem with that is that a recess appointment is only good until the current Congress expires. This Congress expires on Jan. 2nd. He’d have to wait until the next recess after that, which means leaving the slot vacant for awhile.

Bitter Clinger on October 14, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Hey Obama,

Why don’t you just postpone everything until you are out of office in 2017?

I’m sure the American people would be down with that. It’s not like you make good decisions.

Move to Hawaii, spend the rest of your term golfing. Seems like the White House isn’t safe anyway.

Do us all a favor…LEAVE.

MichaelGabriel on October 14, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Holder ain’t gon’ like this.

Schadenfreude on October 14, 2014 at 6:20 PM

The law remains under appeal. For now, the ruling is a key victory for Republican-backed photo ID measures that have swept across the U.S. in recent years. The Texas law, considered the toughest of its kind in the nation, requires that an estimated 13.6 million registered Texas voters will need one of seven kinds of photo identification to cast a ballot.

The Justice Department says more than 600,000 of those voters, mostly blacks and Hispanics, lack eligible ID.

Why, the bolded?

Schadenfreude on October 14, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Rubes Unite!

cmsinaz on October 14, 2014 at 5:34 PM

I hear my name being called ?

Reuben Hick on October 14, 2014 at 6:32 PM

I am sure they think this is helping them somehow, but really doesn’t this play into the distrust everyone is feeling?

They won’t name the replacement, they won’t tell about the deserter, it is a pattern, and people have finally noticed.

At very least after they lose the Senate, then make the dismal announcements they are putting off now… the numbers will drop even further, and the Congress will have even more support for telling Obama no when his numbers are in the low 30s everywhere.

petunia on October 14, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Obama is not particularly smart but he is cunning.

jukin3 on October 14, 2014 at 6:34 PM

going to be perez and he is poison
dmacleo on October 14, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Agree absolutely. Way worse than Holder. Ask J Christian Adams.

marybel on October 14, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Face reality folks, Obama has figured out that the majority of American’s have the political attention span of a gnat, and is playing the country for fools. It’s hard to fault him, because the majority of American’s were fool enough to elected him, not once, but twice.

oscarwilde on October 14, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Given enough of the “man in the street” interviews demonstrating that only a relative handful of people on the planet even know what an Attorney General is, I’m guessing that the impact on the polls regarding any choice from monster to saint that barry ebola might choose would be insignificant.

This is much ado about nothing.

Reuben Hick on October 14, 2014 at 6:53 PM

WH: Obama won’t name Holder’s replacement until you rubes have already cast your midterm ballots

Comrade O speaking to the rubes…Obama says his is ‘most transparent administration’ ever

farsighted on October 14, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Can any nominations be filibustered? Judges, cabinet appointments?

Vince on October 14, 2014 at 5:27 PM

I believe only SCOTUS nominations.

Bitter Clinger on October 14, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Under the current rules of the Senate as defined by Dingy Harry, in the post-nuclear option world, all that is needed is a simple majority. The GOP has some options for delaying, but if Obama / Reid want to slam it through, they can.

Athos on October 14, 2014 at 7:20 PM

The law remains under appeal. For now, the ruling is a key victory for Republican-backed photo ID measures that have swept across the U.S. in recent years. The Texas law, considered the toughest of its kind in the nation, requires that an estimated 13.6 million registered Texas voters will need one of seven kinds of photo identification to cast a ballot.

The Justice Department says more than 600,000 of those voters, mostly blacks and Hispanics, lack eligible ID.

Schadenfreude on October 14, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Not any longer.

A federal appeals court reinstated Texas strict Voter ID laws.

A federal appeals court on Tuesday temporarily reinstated Texas’ tough voter ID law, which the U.S. Justice Department had condemned as the state’s latest means of suppressing minority voter turnout.

The ruling by a three-judge panel of the New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Court of Appeals allows the law to be used in the November election, despite a lower judge’s ruling that the law is unconstitutional. The 5th Circuit did not rule on the law’s merits; instead, it determined it’s too late to change the rules for the election.

Athos on October 14, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Holder ain’t gon’ like this.

Schadenfreude on October 14, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Isn’t that delicious? There IS a rule of law.

onlineanalyst on October 14, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Maybe Obysmal will nominate DR. Cornel West.

onlineanalyst on October 14, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Come mid-November, the O begins IJDGAF phase of his presidency.

B4B on October 14, 2014 at 8:23 PM

ObamaCare? Tell us all about its wonders, DWS.
We can’t wait until after the election.

http://humanevents.com/2014/10/13/more-obamacare-rate-shock-awaits-after-the-elections-of-course/

onlineanalyst on October 14, 2014 at 9:08 PM