Well, Deval Patrick’s already said, thanks but no thanks. “As soon as I know what my next job is, I will tell you, I promise. But it will be in the private sector,” he said.”
Paul Waldman, at the Washington Post, on “Why the fight over Eric Holder’s successor is going to be very ugly“:
… Holder has already served longer than all but a few attorneys general in history, so this announcement shouldn’t be a surprise. But with an election coming up in a little over a month, we could see a spectacularly angry confirmation process. So here’s a prediction: no matter who the White House picks to be the next attorney general, the Republicans will wage a relentless effort against him/her, and almost all of it will be, in one way or another, about race…
…[F]rom the very beginning of his tenure, Holder has been frank in his public discussion about issues of race where Obama has been reticent. Indeed, it has sometimes appeared that Obama has let Holder say the things about race that he wishes he could say but can’t…
Steve Benen ticked off some of the things Holder has done to cheer liberals and anger conservatives… Many of those issues, like voting rights, are directly about race, while others, like Stand Your Ground, are implicitly but inevitably about race. Now place that in a context where many conservatives believe that Barack Obama’s entire presidency is about exacting vengeance upon white people for the sins of age-old racism. While they attach this argument to almost anything (the number of time right-wing radio hosts have told their audiences that the Affordable Care Act was intended as “reparations,” punishing whites for slavery, is beyond counting), when it comes to Holder, the line is a much more direct one…
When Republicans get a chance to question the person nominated to replace him, each and every one of those issues is going to come up. The nominee is going to be asked to repudiate everything Eric Holder did. And when that doesn’t happen, Republicans in Congress will turn on the nominee with everything they can muster, in a demonstration to their base that they feel their anger.
Maybe it’s just my Celtic/Viking berserker genes, but my impulse would be: Bring it on, Repubs. Nominate someone Monday morning, President Obama (give your enemies the weekend to make themselves ever more foolish in public), and demand Congress come back into session to approve your nominee no later than October 6. Remind the low-info voters why it’s never a good idea to sit out the midterms.
Even the hardcore grifter/27%er GOP is smart enough to have started dragging their feet already:
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today issued the following statement regarding Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation:
“It is good news that Eric Holder has announced his resignation. Sadly, he has proven to be the most partisan attorney general in our history, repeatedly defying and refusing to enforce the law….
“To ensure that justice is served and that the Attorney General is not simply replaced with another extreme partisan who will likewise disregard the law, the Senate should wait until the new Congress is sworn in before confirming the next Attorney General. Allowing Democratic senators, many of whom will likely have just been defeated at the polls, to confirm Holder’s successor would be an abuse of power that should not be countenanced.”