President-elect Barack Obama’s choice to tap former Clinton Administration Deputy Attorney General as Attorney General sees to indicate that his campaign rhetoric notwithstanding, he’s going to govern as an establishment Democrat.
Holder was a not just Clinton Administration insider, he also brings with him some of the Clintons’ ethical baggage. As Jennifer Rubin details, his conduct in the pardon of fugitive Mark Rich in the dying hours of that Administration was cited as “unconscionable.” Some kind new of politics.
While Obama campaigned on changing Washington, Holder has spent his entire professional career in the nation’s capital where he doesn’t have a record (or the reputation) of someone who shakes things up.
Interesting that Holder is the first cabinet appointee whom the president-elect has tapped (at least that we know about). This follows the appointment of several former Clinton officials to the incoming White House staff.Â It looks like Obama’s team is building a team not just of Clinton insiders, but also of Washington insiders as well. This is not change. This is more of the same.
As the pro-Hillary hillbuzz puts it, Holder
. . . actually seems like a candidate Hillary Clinton would have picked had she won this year â€” which makes us ask just how much â€œchangeâ€ Obama intends to bring if most of his Cabinet picks are all Clinton Administration people. Not that we’re complaining, but it’s a stark contrast to the rhetoric of his campaign in the primaries where he was all about distancing himself from the Clintons, and now it looks like just about every post will be filled with Clinton people. All of this might be a good indicator of “change” meeting “reality”.
No wonder I’m finding it difficult to trust the president-elect.
UPDATE: Some Obama fans aren’t happy: “These guys didn’t put together a campaign in order to turn the government over to the Clintons.”