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Posted on Nov 18, 2008
Eric Holder
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Former Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder, 57, is widely respected in legal circles and among Justice Department career lawyers.

According to multiple reports, Barack Obama has settled on Eric Holder as his attorney general. So who is he? Holder has been a deputy attorney general in the Clinton administration, a U.S. attorney, a judge, a prominent Washington lawyer and one of the advisers responsible for Obama’s VP vetting. He would be the first black attorney general and happens to rock a fairly impressive mustache.

AP via Google:

Washington attorney Eric Holder is President-elect Barack Obama’s top choice to be the next attorney general and aides have gone so far as to ask senators whether he would be confirmed, an Obama official and people close to the matter said Tuesday.

Holder, a former U.S. attorney who served as the No. 2 official in the Justice Department under President Bill Clinton, would be the nation’s first black attorney general.

An Obama official and two Democrats in touch with the transition team confirmed that Holder is Obama’s top choice but the Obama official said the decision has not been finalized.

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By Folktruther, November 20, 2008 at 8:35 am Link to this comment

The function of the attorney-general, among others, is legal oppression.  He and his organs coordinate the legal attacks on wrong doers.  Since Obama is going to the right, and Gops are becoming closer to his real political positions than prgressives, the attorney-general will attack-must attack- the wrongdoers of the left. Who are wrong by mainstream media definition.

This will be done by an attorney-general with a black face to mute and divide progressive criticsm, just as Home Security will be led by a woman.  Since the FBI and the police departments, as well as the whole legal system, has always been highly racist, the object is to attack progressives regardless of their race, color or creed.

The militarization and policifcation of the US power system is inevitable because the corportization under neoliberalism has failed.  When people increasingly do not have any way to make a living, and the prisons are overflowing under Freedom and Democracy, the last resort is violence.

This violence is not a sign of strength, but a sign of weakness.  A power system resorts to violence as it declines when it can no longer command the respect of its people.  So it resorts to fear. And this violence and fear is largely driven by what Petras calls the Zionist Power Configuration.  The US is being militarized and policitized in the same way that Israel has been.

And this is disguised by the placing of minorities in the repressive institutions.

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By Maani, November 19, 2008 at 8:42 pm Link to this comment

O Dar:

True.  But it is ultimately the president’s agenda that gets carried forward.  So either you trust Obama to “control” (I use the term loosely) the input he gets, or you don’t.  Sure, some of these people may offer input, advice, feedback, etc. that is contrary or even combative.  But, again, it is up to Obama to make the final decisions in all regards.  If his appointees are not willing or able to carry through that agenda even if they disagree with it, then they can always resign.


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By 123456, November 19, 2008 at 4:00 pm Link to this comment

To Maani + oldrnsin:

If all that a staff does is carry out orders, then why bother changing staff at all? Let’s just have one staff permanently at te WHite House servince one President after another?

These people aren’t just servants, they are advisors and have input on policy as well.

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By Maani, November 19, 2008 at 11:24 am Link to this comment


Excellent response.  My thoughts exactly.

The overarching theme of Obama’s presidency is change in how things are done.  And since a president’s appointed staff answer to HIM, and are charged with carrying out HIS agenda, what matters is that he is comfortable with who they are, what they know, and how likely they are to “do what he wants.”

Why is everyone second-guessing Obama in this regard?

Bunch of armchair generals is what we have here…LOL.


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By oldrnsin, November 19, 2008 at 7:38 am Link to this comment

All this griping because Obama’s choices seem to have had experience in the Clinton administration.  Would you prefer no experience at all?  Would you appoint Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court?  Assuming you want the best qualified person for the job you will be looking for someone with experience.  Where would they get that experience if not in the Clinton administration?  From the Bush regime?  BTDT

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By RdV, November 19, 2008 at 5:50 am Link to this comment

Gees, think of all the money spent on elections just to get the same old same old. Why bother to hold elections—just shuffle around the inside-the beltway
beaureacrats every couple of years.

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By 123456, November 19, 2008 at 12:54 am Link to this comment

More “change we can believe in”.

So basically the Obama administration is going to be Clinton II.

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By No more Hollywood, November 18, 2008 at 9:14 pm Link to this comment
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I just wish the media would get off the celebrity kick.  I really do not want to hear how Obama is a rock star, and Holder’s mustache “rocks”????

Hollywood is definitely not my idea of political superiority.  Let’s just concentrate on the serious problems we have, and worry if it was Camelot—ten years from know.

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By scared, November 18, 2008 at 8:31 pm Link to this comment

—In addition, U.S. Attorney Eric H. Holder Jr. said in an interview that he is considering not only prosecuting more marijuana cases but also asking the D.C. Council to enact stiffer penalties for the sale and use of marijuana.

“We have too long taken the view that what we would term to be minor crimes are not important,” Holder said, referring to current attitudes toward marijuana use and other offenses such as panhandling.—

From 1996.  I hope he doesn’t seriously still believe this is where resources belong.

Or on mandatory minimums in 1997:

“MR. HOLDER: Yes, I think they can be appropriate. I have testified in favor of mandatory minimum sentencing in front of a D.C. City Council, with regard to the drug offenses that so—have so wrecked Washington, D.C. I think, with regard to violent crimes, they can be of great use.

SEN. LEAHY: Do you feel that all the federal mandatory minimum penalties that are on the books now, are just right the way they are? Or do you think maybe we ought to be looking at them?

MR. HOLDER: Well, I think we should constantly look at the law as it exists, so that we have on the books laws that are effective, and that are consistent with where we’d like to be in law enforcement. I think a periodic review of the laws, the mandatory minimum laws as well as just our sentencing structure in general, is appropriate.”

Hmmm, doesn’t sound like the prison industrial complex will be suffering, unless his views have changed drastically in the last decade.  Anyone have anything more recent?

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By abdo, November 18, 2008 at 6:40 pm Link to this comment

troublesome, that is a good one. Monica was the least troubling person in bill’s team compered with Madeline albright who engineered the sanctions against Iraq after 1991 war,resulted in 250 thousand children dead, and the people who dismantled the welfare assistance program

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By Saddler, November 18, 2008 at 6:30 pm Link to this comment

Lots of top talent on the Democratic side served in some capacity during the Clinton years. It doesn’t mean every particular person that held a position during that time still answers to the Clintons or their personal agenda.

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By troublesum, November 18, 2008 at 6:08 pm Link to this comment

The search for the Obama kids dog is over.  Bubba says they can have his.

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By troublesum, November 18, 2008 at 6:04 pm Link to this comment

What’s next, a job for Monica Lewinski?

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