Eric Holder, radical
Forget about Obama's nomination of Hillary Clinton to be Secretary of State. That has enough of a comic dimension to render its absurdity entertaining. What you should be concerned about--well, one of the things you should be concerned about--is his nomination of Eric Holder to be Attorney General.
Eric who? I didn't know, either. NRO has the scoop in a must-read editorial:
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 rèsumè. 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.
Remember those last-minute Clinton pardons and commutations? Holder was there, helping to bring them about.
Much has been made, and appropriately so, of Holder's untoward performance in the final corrupt act of the Clinton administration: the pardons issued in the departing president's final hours. Of these, most notorious is the case of Marc Rich, an unrepentant fugitive wanted on extensive fraud, racketeering, and trading-with-the-enemy charges - but granted a pardon nonetheless thanks to the intercession of his ex-wife, a generous donor to Clinton's library and legal-defense fund.
Holder's role was aptly described as "unconscionable" by a congressional committee. He steered Rich's allies to retain the influential former White House counsel Jack Quinn (Holder later conceded he hoped Quinn would help him become attorney general in a Gore administration); he helped Quinn directly lobby Clinton, doing an end-run around the standard pardon process (including DOJ's pardon attorney); and he kept the deliberations hidden from the district U.S. attorney and investigative agencies prosecuting Rich so they couldn't learn about the pardon application and register their objections. . . .
Equally noxious were the stealthy pardons of Susan Rosenberg and Linda Evans - Weather Underground terrorists associated with Obama's friends Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn - issued on the same day as the Rich pardon. Rosenberg and Evans had been serving decades-long sentences for bombings targeting American government facilities. With Holder again helping to circumvent the pardon process and to evade objections from prosecutors, the terrorists' jail terms were commuted just weeks after the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole.
Bottom line? "Holder is a terrible selection. If there's any Obama cabinet nomination that Republicans feel moved to oppose, this should be it."
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