Obama's Credibility Rests on Support for Holder Nomination
by Manic Lawyer, Sat Dec 13, 2008 at 03:37:04 PM EST
When a president elect nominates someone for attorney general, it is a monumental decision that should be followed by an equally monumental determination to see the nominee confirmed by the US Senate.
African American Political Pundit says that Republicans want to hold up Eric Holder's confirmation hearings, (using these hearings, I suspect, as an opportunity to bring up every old gripe they had against the Clinton Administration, while also showing their utter contempt and hatred for Black people by focusing their fire on a Black nominee).
I suspect the Republicans believe that the American public (or at least their Republican color-aroused base) will look be more favorable upon resistance to a Black nominee for top position. Or maybe they are so color-aroused that their obstructionist is automatic in a case like this.
The Republicans should remember that two political parties can play this game, and we still haven't resolved the question of whether members of the Bush Administration committed war crimes in Iraq, Guantanamo Bay, and in various other regions of the world.
Few members of the Bush Administration have gone to jail for their patently illegal behavior - so far. But if the Republicans are going to reach back to the 1990's to sully the reputation of Eric Holder, nominee for Attorney General, then the Democratic House of Representatives should use its investigatory and summons authority to investigate the war crimes and pillaging of the treasury that are ongoing even today under the Bush Administration and its Republican cohorts in Congress.
President elect Barack Obama should also remember an important political point about the first few months of the Clinton Administration. While trying to be agreeable and avoid fights with Republicans over his nominees, Clinton earned a lasting reputation for cutting his friends lose at the first sign of trouble. "When Lani Guenier got slammed for something out of context from a law journal article, they dumped her pronto."
As I observed during the Democratic presidential primaries,
Lani Guenier, [who was] a revolutionary thinker on proportional representation who was also nominated to the Justice Department by the Clinton Administration, and then notoriously abandoned by them during the nomination process, is also supporting Barack Obama.
No one remembers this history better than Black America and America's political left. It it created lasting suspicion of the Clintons during Hillary's presidential primary campaign.
One voter said,
"I still remember how limply the Clinton's supported Lani Guenier and Jocelyn Elders from Republican attacks. From SwampPolitics, Posted by: Charlie | February 24, 2008 7:44 PM"
With only two Blacks nominated for his Cabinet, as African American Political Pundit points out, Barack Obama cannot afford to cut Eric Holder loose the way Clinton cut Guenier loose in the face of Republican opposition. Instead, Obama needs to draw a line in the sand and remind Republicans of all of the investigations that the Democrats are holding in abeyance in the hopes that the Republicans have turned a page.
If Republicans haven't turned a page and joined the Obama love train, then many of them should be in jails cells, or in the Hague facing war crimes indictments, rather than complaining to the media about Obama's nominations. It's time to fight fire with fire.