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Holder Signals He May Go

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Attorney General Eric Holder signaled on Thursday he may leave his position in a second Obama term.

“That’s something that I’m in the process now of trying to determine,” Holder told law school students at the University of Baltimore School of Law. “I have to think about, can I contribute in a second term?”

Holder said he would have to first talk things out with his family, and then President Obama.

“[I have to] really ask myself the question about, do I think there are things that I still want to do? Do I have gas left in the tank? It’s been an interesting and tough four years, so I really just don’t know,” Holder explained.

Holder, the first African-American Attorney General, has increasingly become a target for  Republicans. He was condemned for refusing to prosecute members of the New Black Panther Party for voter intimidation during the 2008 U.S. presidential election. Most recently has come under fire for the Fast and Furious gun-running program, which resulted in the deaths of several border patrol agents and others.

Speculation ran wild Thursday as to who might replace Holder as America’s top attorney. One idea floated has been DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, reports the Washington Examiner.

“Senate sources said that she would be a good pick for Obama since she has years of experience in the area and is generally well regarded in Congress,” the Examiner said.

Other possible replacements include Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, and Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.

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  1. CircusBoy says

    I have known Eric since we were eight years old together in the schoolyard of Queens until we graduated high school together at eighteen, so I can say definitely that he is full of crap. Obama is not going to reappoint him no matter what, even if he gets down on his knees and pleads to be reappointed!!

    • CircusBoy says

      Eric, you’re pretending that it’s your decision. That’s a farce. The decision has been made for you. Step to the back of the bus!!

    • UF says

      Why do I get the feeling that you are the one full of crap? Just sayin’

  2. CircusBoy says

    I’ll admit that I dislike Eric personally going back 45 years, hence I am not objective on this point and even though there is a Democratic majority Senate and it is the Senate Judiciary Committee which votes on the nomination of the Attorney General, if President Obama were to hypothetically place the name of Eric Holder into renomination and he were to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, it would be a circus and fireworks the likes none of us could imagine. Chances are that Holder could get through it but both he and President Obama’s credibility would be greatly damaged and it would be a Pyrrhic Victory for both of them. Obama would not do it and neither would Eric. They are playing make believe that it is Eric’s choice when clearly, it never was!! it has been out of the question for a long time that he ever would be renominated. In fact, I’ll bet that his firing was contemplated by President Obama more than once and averted at the 11th hour for “political reasons”.

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