Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Attorney General Nominee Eric Holder

While there have been indications that Barack Obama has moved to the center since his nomination last june, and upon winning the general election this month, the National Review indicates that Obama's nomination of Eric Holder for attorney general demonstrates where the ideological fulcrum will be in the next Justice Department, and in American law:

Holder was the Clinton administration’s last deputy attorney general, succeeding Jamie Gorelick in 1997 under Janet Reno. That appointment marked the final elevation in a series of Clinton-era promotions that punctuate his résumé. Holder’s rise, like Obama’s own, is of symbolic significance, as he now has been nominated to be the nation’s first black attorney general. Symbolism, however, cannot camouflage the fact that Holder is a conventional, check-the-boxes creature of the Left.

He is convinced justice in America needs to be “established” rather than enforced; he’s excited about hate crimes and enthusiastic about the constitutionally dubious Violence Against Women Act; he’s a supporter of affirmative action and a practitioner of the statistical voodoo that makes it possible to burden police departments with accusations of racial profiling and the states with charges of racially skewed death-penalty enforcement; he’s more likely to be animated by a touchy-feely Reno-esque agenda than traditional enforcement against crimes; he’s in favor of ending the detentions of enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay and favors income redistribution to address the supposed root causes of crime.

In any other time, Holder would simply be an uninspired choice. But these are not ordinary times — we face a serious, persistent threat from Islamist terrorists. At the same time, Democrats have expressed outrage over both the alleged politicization of the Justice Department and the reckless disregard of its storied traditions. For these times, it is difficult to imagine a worse choice for AG than Eric Holder.
There's more at the link.

Holder's nomination is bad enough, but we haven't seen the end of the leftward lurch (just wait, for example, until word goes out on who'll head the EPA ... change is on the way!).


Anonymous said...

I suspect that if Obama named Genghis Khan to AG it would be decried by some as a leftward lurch. And it would be.

Right now we have an AG who wants us to know that illegal acts don't necessarily rise to the level of a crime when conducted by the current administration, the gang that doesn't respond to subpoenas, that defends waterboarding, that doesn't consider the Hatch Act as binding on Repubilcans.

I suspect that if the Justice Department can survive Gonzales, it can survive Holder. I'm looking forward to the thrilling conclusion of the Siegelman prosecution. When justice comes down on that one, I bet it will be another lurch to the left.

I keep wondering what it means to be a "pro-victory" supporter of the administration that hasn't bothered with bin Laden. From the left, it doesn't look much like victory.