Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Now Holder on A Minute, Buddy

National Review reviews the choice of Eric Hacker, er Holder for the Attorney General slot.

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.


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.


In 1999, over the objections of the FBI, the Bureau of Prisons, and prosecuting attorneys, Holder supported Clinton’s commutation of the sentences of 16 FALN conspirators.


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.
It always amazes Sydney Brillo Duodenum when people set themselves up to fail. Of all the people - nay of all the lawyers - in this country, are we really so hard up for law enforcement talent that the only logical choice is Mr. Holder? It's possible that this selection is direct evidence that Mr. Obama, who barely served four of his six years as a freshman Illinois Senator simply lacks a network of reputable people and must return to the offal pile left behind by the Clintons. We've been over the whole lack of experience thing, which by definition implies lack of experienced cronies and hacks to call your own.

In any event, it's clear indication that Obama simply doesn't care about this man's resume and in fact he likes it, particularly the skulduggery he engaged in with respect to the pardons of loathsome people such as Marky Mark Rich. To Mr. Obama, this is the mark of an operative and one who will know how to hire and engage his own operatives who will work 50 feet off the ground, well below radar, on the shadow policies, programs and imprimaturs of the Obama administration. Were Mr. Obama facing an opposition controlled Judiciary Committee, he might have chosen otherwise, but the American people have decided that they need no checks and balances for the next two years at least, which is all the time that Mr. Obama needs to stock his fish tank with piranhas.

Now, Mr. Obama's folly here is that he thinks he can put obvious hacks and morally failed people such as Mr. Holder in top slots and not have it bite him on the ass later on. But we know that Mr. Obama is full of hubris and audacity and arrogance and all the other attributes of a megalomaniac. The bitch is setting himself up.