Clearly, we aren’t done with identity politics yet.
Tom’s reactions to Obama’s cabinet picks are pretty typical of much of the informed punditry, and rightly so.Â Clinton is a good choice for State, Gates at Defense, Daschle at Health, Jones at NSA.Â Obama is taking his job as President-Elect seriously, and he will be surrounded by very smart and capable people.
So that ‘he’s black’ is the first thing that is mentioned in this list about potential Attorney General Eric Holder is, I think, telling of the emptiness of the choice.
Holder is a solid choice, yielding the first African-American AG. If you’re going to pull off any additional “first” of this sort, that’s about the coolest, most symbolic place to do it. I always liked Holder under Clinton. He seems very much in no-drama-Obama mold.
Sadly, Holder’s support for censoring the internet and deporting refugees back to Communist states makes me doubt the wisdom of Holder’s nomination.Â That is, both as an advocate for laws and an enforcer of laws, Eric Holder has sided against freedom and for authoriarian control.
Unlike Obama’s other picks, Eric Holder is a disaster in the making.Â Consider this exchange, after police in riot gear took Elian Gonzales from his home in America, to send him back to Cuba
JUDGE ANDREW NAPOLITANO, FOX NEWS JUDICIAL ANALYST: Isn’t it clear in that â€” in that Court of Appeals ruling, preliminary though it may be, that the court ruled that the INS may not do exactly what it did this morning, which is without a court order change the guardian of this child?
When is the last time a boy, a child, was taken at the point of a gun without an order by a judge? Unprecedented in American history.
HOLDER: He was not taken at the point of a gun.
Holder is either incompetent, or a liar.Â He either did not know of the most famos picture of the entire Elian Gonzales affair, or he hoped by denying it he could make it go away.
Unlike Biden, Clinton, Gates, Jones, Daschle, etc., etc., Holder is a bad pick and a disaster in the making.Â Eric Holder should not be Obama’s choice to head the Department of Justice.