Jane Harman (D-CA) is a liberal former Congresswoman from California and she is considered by many to be a very serious thinker and political operative. She recently wrote an article for Politico that details why she believes President Obama should seriously consider picking a Republican to fill the now vacant Attorney General’s position. Seriously.
I think Harman is exactly right and every argument she makes is great.
I think she has forgotten that President Obama is not Jane Harman. Harman is a serious and thoughtful liberal. She understands that not every American is in lock step with the Democrat Party, and she doesn’t mind that fact. If she were President I believe she would seriously consider a Republican as AG, but if she were President and picked a Democrat for the position, they would probably not be as political as Eric Holder either!
Eric Holder was a horrific Attorney General because that is what President Obama wanted him to be. If the President would have asked Holder to prosecute the Black Panthers for voter intimidation in Philadelphia, he would have. If President Obama would have told Holder to back off on the AP and Fox News persecution, he would have.
Mrs. Harman just doesn’t get that Eric Holder was exactly what President Obama wanted him to be. The likelihood is that the next AG Obama chooses will be just as terrible.
Here’s Harman’s article. It’s well worth reading… even if President Obama will never consider it.
At t this point in his presidency, Barack Obama has an opportunity to build consensus. With Eric Holder’s resignation, he should consider taking this opportunity to mend fences and revive a Cabinet once billed as a “team of rivals.” So how about a Republican for attorney general? I have a candidate in mind: former Solicitor General Ted Olson, who will probably curse me for making the suggestion.
No one can argue seriously that Olson lacks the bona fides to serve as attorney general: His name was considered during the tail end of George W. Bush’s second term, and he was shortlisted on several occasions as a possible nominee to the Supreme Court as well…
We can dream Mrs. Harman, we can dream. But I’m not going to hold my breath.