The Other Side of the NRA Coin
Jim Geraghty presents the other side of the NRA coin on the Holder matter here. I wanted to be sure to highlight it: The risk of defeat is high, and the rewards for victory are pretty small. And when you pick your hill to die on, you have to recognize that the consequence of failure is that you die. Beyond differences on strategy and priorities, | Read More »
BREAKING: National Rifle Association Wusses Out On Holder
The NRA Grassroots Hotline is 1-800-392-8683. Remember, if they tell you they are opposed to Holder, ask if they are going to score a vote and testify. The answer is “no.” They’re just going to send a letter. Sources inside the National Rifle Association tell me the NRA has succumbed to pressure from Democrats to not actively oppose Eric Holder. Holder has strident, well known | Read More »
Senator Orrin Hatch supports Eric Holder, not Mitch McConnell
Hatch supports Holder because he likes Obama. On Friday, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell indicated that Obama’s Attorney General pick, Eric Holder, would be the most likely of the Obamakins to be blocked by the minority. “You know, beyond that, I don’t anticipate trouble for the new president’s nominees,” McConnell said on National Public Radio on Friday. “I think most of them are people that | Read More »
Obama refuses to rule out investigation of the left’s alleged ‘crimes of the Bush administration’
President-elect Obama, in an interview with George Stephanopoulos on “This Week,” would not rule out political retribution dressed up as investigations of the looney left-wing’s fanciful allegations of Bush administration war-crimes:
Does OBAMABUS! hunger for Eric Holder’s soul?
But will Holder be the next to be thrown under its wheels? Obama’s Attorney General Pick Faces Growing Criticism Eric H. Holder Jr. is facing increasing resistance to his bid to become the next attorney general, emerging from President-elect Barack Obama’s Cabinet nominees as the prime target of Senate Republicans, both because of troubling episodes during his service in the Clinton administration and because of | Read More »
It Looked Different Back in 1975
If Eric Holder is confirmed as Attorney General, I have a suggestion for a venue for his swearing in. The historic Fraunces Tavern in Manhattan. Of course, it looked a lot different in 1975.
The Serial Pardon Advocate
Between the Marc Rich pardon and that of FALN terrorists, the question isn’t whether Eric Holder ought to be denied confirmation as the next Attorney-General. The question is why this nomination should be allowed to last even one more day and why the President-elect has not yet pulled the plug on it. Don’t believe me? Then read this. As Andy McCarthy notes: We’ve heard a | Read More »
No On Eric Holder
I’ve said earlier that I think a president, any president, is entitled to his own team. The exception to that would be cases where the individual has taken actions which conclusively demonstrates that he so lacks in character, judgment, or temperament that he should be disqualified. Eric Holder, former Deputy Attorney General under Bill Clinton, will begin confirmation hearings on or about January 15 to | Read More »
Civil Libertarian Alert
Attorneys-General who have a past of seeking to undermine the Sixth Amendment right to counsel are no friends of civil liberties. I had thought that the Marc Rich pardon was the biggest strike against Eric Holder. Turns out that something potentially even bigger is out there. I want lots and lots and lots of Judiciary Committee hearing questions on these issues. The phrase “What were | Read More »
Arlen Specter Quietly Opens Fire on Eric Holder
Senator Arlen Specter has quietly launched the opening salvo against Eric Holder’s nomination for Attorney General. Though Specter has tried to be discreet, Senate sources have handed me a copy of Specter’s latest letter to Holder that went out yesterday. The letter shows that “committee staff reviewed [Holder's] questionnaire responses and noted a number of apparent omissions.” Specter is “respectfully ask[ing]” Holder to either supplement | Read More »
Lugar, Voinovich Go Soft on Eric Holder
President-elect Barack Obama doesn’t take office until Jan. 20, but his liberal allies on Capitol Hill want to move quickly on the nomination of Attorney General designee Eric Holder. There’s good reason. The more time conservatives have to dig into Holder’s past, the more dirt they’re likely to find. Legal Times reports today that “Republicans have fastened to Holder as their best chance to politically | Read More »
Specter Tells Leahy to Slow Down Holder Confirmation
From the diaries by Erick J. Taylor Rushing is reporting today that Republican Sen. Arlen Specter (Pennsylvania) is going to seek to slow down the pace that is being set for the Eric Holder (President-elect Obama’s pick for Attorney General) confirmation hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which he is the Ranking Minority Member. He has called Democrat Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy’s (Vermont) pace “not realistic”. Specter | Read More »
The Eric Holder Appointment
Yeah, I still think it’s a mistake.
Way To Go, Andrew
Andrew Sullivan is livid. He is livid because there is a possibility–perhaps even a strong one–that John Brennan could become the new Director of Central Intelligence. Sullivan objects to this because he thinks that Brennan bought into “politicized” intelligence in the run-up to the war in Iraq and that Brennan may have been involved in war crimes. And of course, in situations like this one, | Read More »
The confirmation hearing for Holder should be fun.
I’m noting this article by the WSJ: Ordinarily, defendants seeking a pardon file a petition with the Justice Department, which then makes a recommendation to the White House. Mr. Rich’s legal team went directly to the White House, and the president spoke with one of the Rich lawyers, Jack Quinn, who had worked as White House counsel. The Justice Department maintained that it hadn’t been | Read More »