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How to Replace Eric Holder, President Romney Style

August 29th, 2012 - 1:22 pm

Senator Jon Kyl

Retiring Senator Jon Kyl from Arizona would bring all of Horne’s knowledge plus the ability to maneuver inside the halls of Congress. Kyl understands the damage that Holder has done to the nation and is one of the few senators to call for his resignation.

Texas Senator John Cornyn would also fit the bill. He too has called for Holder’s resignation. He understands firsthand the damage that the Holder Justice Department’s politicized enforcement of voting laws has done to the state of Texas, whether blocking voter ID or making radical arguments about Texas redistricting. Best of all, Cornyn knows how the DOJ has failed to protect military voters, and one suspects Cornyn would make protecting the military’s right to vote a top priority.

During the campaign, Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann rarely attacked Mitt Romney, but blistered other foes like Newt Gingrich. Not only does she recognize the national security threats posed by Islamic terror, she is also a brilliant lawyer. She would be the second female, and first Republican female attorney general. She also keenly understands the corrupt role that Holder’s DOJ has played in a wide range of racially charged issues such as voter identification objections. And few can doubt her willingness to tangle with the bureaucracy. She appears immune to leftist criticism, a trait that past GOP attorneys general completely lacked to their own detriment. Simply, she knows how to fight. On top of these attributes, as a member of Congress, historical practice suggests that she would have an easier path to confirmation than other potentially controversial candidates.

Two lesser known names emerged from my discussions with former top DOJ officials: Greg Katsas and Mark Filip.

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