Attorney General Eric Holder

Eric Holder has been named the next Attorney General of the United States.

Holder was first appointed by Reagan to serve as an Associate Judge on the D.C. Supreme Court. He was then appointed by Clinton to serve as an Attorney for the District of Columbia. Holder also served as Deputy Attorney General during the Clinton Administration from 1997 to 2001 as was Acting Attorney General early in the Bush Administration.

Holder worked as an attorney at Covington and Burling and joined the Obama campaign as a senior legal adviser.

Holder attended Stuyvestant High School and Columbia University earing his B.A. in 1973 and his J.D. in '76.

Only one kick

The only hesitancy about Holder’s selection was that he himself had reservations about going through a confirmation process that was likely to revive questions about his role in signing off on the controversial pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich. Although there is no evidence that Holder actively pushed the pardon, he was criticized for not raising with the White House the strong objections that some Justice Department lawyers and federal prosecutors in New York had to pardoning somebody who had fled the country. But after reviewing the evidence in the case, and checking with staffers on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Obama aides and Holder both decided the issue was highly unlikely to prove an obstacle to his confirmation, one of the sources said--especially given the Democrats’ more sizable post-election majority in the Senate.

This has yet to be confirmed by the Obama Transition team, but it is being reported by the news outlets. The Obama campaign says that this is not a done deal, but it is as close as it gets. Holder will be the first African-American Attorney General.

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Sec. State or Chair of Insurance Coverage Working Group

Senator Hillary Clinton now has a choice. Either she accepts a possible appointment as Secretary of State of the United States or she goes back to the Senate and Chair the Insurance Coverage Working Group established by Senator Kennedy.

Today Kennedy named three Senators to Chair three working groups that would work on Health Care reform.

Prevention and Public Health: Chair Senator Tom Harkin
Healthcare Quality: Chair Senator Barbara Mikulski
Insurance Coverage: Chair Senator Hillary Clinton

As we all know, Clinton asked Kennedy to create a Subcommittee on Healthcare, which she could chair. That request was denied. Kennedy Chairs the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

Here is a statement from Kennedy.

"Our committee is fortunate to have the services of major leaders who are committed to improving health care for the American people. Senator Harkin, Senator Mikulski, and Senator Clinton have generously offered to step forward and assume an expanded role on critical aspects of health reform. I commend them for their leadership, and I look forward very much to working with them, with all our colleagues on the committee and throughout Congress, and with the Obama Administration to achieve the goal at long last of quality, affordable health care for all Americans."

Clinton can now either help bring peace to the world or help bring affordable, quality Health Care to millions of Americans.

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Clinton Should Appeal TX and WA Caucus

This diary is going to be short. I'm just going to put out the facts and let you take it from there.

Lets take a look at the Washington and Texas elections.


Turnout was estimated to be about a quarter million in the Washington caucus or about 16% of Kerry voters. Obama won the state by 37 points.

Barack Obama: 68%
Hillary Clinton: 31%

Almost 700,000 people voted in the Washington primary, or about 46% of Kerry voters, yet no delegates were awarded. Obama's margin was shaved to just 5 points when turnout was increased.

Barack Obama: (354,112) 51%
Hillary Clinton: (315,744) 46%
John Edwards: (11,892) 2%
Dennis Kucinich: (4,021) 1%


In Texas, 2.8 million people voted in the primary, almost as much people that voted for Kerry in the 2004 general election (99%). Clinton was able to secure a 4-point win over Obama and a 126 delegates were distributed using the results.

Hillary Clinton: (1,459,814) 51%
Barack Obama: (1,358,785) 47%

In the caucus portion of the Texas election, over one million voters, who already voted in the primary, gave Obama a 12-point victory over Clinton. In other words, one million people voted twice on the same day.

Barack Obama: 56%
Hillary Clinton: 44%

Now, before people start talking about Bill Clinton and the TX caucus, realize this, Bill Clinton is not running for President. Bill Clinton is not Hillary Clinton and I don't care what Bill Clinton did regarding the Texas caucus.

My proposal? Clinton should appeal the TX and WA caucuses and fight for the state's respective primary results to dictate the delegate allocation.


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A Look at the Popular Vote

Everyone is talking about the popular vote. Everyone wants to know if Hillary Clinton can catch up. Everyone is hyperventilating. This diary is not an analysis on a scenario that will allow Clinton to catch up. Simply, it is a look at the Democratic Primary race through the popular vote, broken down by Democrats, Independents and Republicans.


It is obvious DEMOCRATS have voted for Hillary Clinton in the primaries, while INDEPENDENTS and REPUBLICANS have voted for Barack Obama. Just looking at the Democratic numbers it also becomes obvious that including the several caucus states will not matter and Clinton will still lead in the popular vote among Democratic voters. What is trobling is the large influence voters who are not Democratics have on the Democratic Nomination for President.

On a personal level I belive Democrats should choose the Democratic nominee for President, and it has become obvious that Obama supporters do not like the meddling by Republicans in primaries such as Mississippi. It is very possible Republicans will play a bigger role in the last last several contest in the Democratis race, the question is, if Republicans aid Clinton in defeating Obama in the popular vote, does it matter? Should it count? Is it right? Furthermore, if Clinton still leads among Democratic voters by the convention, should that sway Democratic superdelegates at the Democratic National Convention?

NOTE: The numbers are incomplete as there are still counting left to do. The popular vote is taken by The Green Papers, while exit poll data is taken from CNN. These numbers are estimates and only meant as a reference for argument. I will continue to update the numbers as the primary contest continues.

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Hillary Clinton Wins New Mexico

The Chairman of the New Mexico Democratic Party announces the results of the NM caucus and Hillary Clinton is announced the winner.

Obama: 71,396
Edwards: 2,157
Dodd: 81
Kucinich: 574
Richardson: 1,305
Biden: 122
Clinton: 73,105

Hillary Clinton will get 1 extra delegate as the popular vote winner of the state for a total of 14 delegates to Clinton and 12 to Obama.

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Superdelegates to Decide Democratic Nomination

Everyone says superdelegates does not matter. Well, welcome to reality. They matter.

At this point, it is mathematically impossible for either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama to win the nomination with only pledged delegates.

Here is the math using CNN delegate counts.

Hillary Clinton currently has 1033 delegates according to CNN. 840 of those are pledged and 193 are superdelegates. Barack Obama has 937 delegates according to CNN. 831 are pledged and 106 are superdelegates. John Edwards has 26 pledged delegates. There are a total of 3,253 pledged delegates. Doing the math, there are 1,556 pledged delegates left to be allocated. 2,025 delegates are needed to win the nomination. This means, Clinton will need to win 992 pledged delegates to win the nomination. That is 64% of the remaining pledged delegates. Obama will need to win 1088 pledged delegates to win the nomination. That is 70% of the remaining pledged delegates. So far, no candidate has won such large shares of the delegates, even in the states where Obama beats Clinton 3-1. Get the picture?

Now, this does not mean we will have a brokered convention. There are still 500 superdelegates up for grabs and they can support anyone from now through the convention. Including pledged and superdelegates, there are just over 2000 delegates up for grabs. This means Clinton will need to win 48% of them, and Obama will need to win 53% of them to secure the nomination. So, if every superdelegates expresses their support before the convention, we will not have a brokered convention (in the loosest terms) and the nominee will be chosen on the first ballot.

The only way superdelegates do not decide the nominee is if one of the candidates drop out, or God forbid, one of the candidates become incapacitated, or if a major scandal rocks one of the candidates, or if a deal is struck between the two candidates.

(Posted on my blog at Reliable Politics)

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Clinton Wins Popular Vote!

Barack Obama may have won more states, but the PEOPLE voted for Hillary Clinton. According to CNN, with results still pending in California and New Mexico, Hillary Clinton won 49% of the popular vote, while Obama came in at 48%.

Clinton's win in California will likely boost that to possibly 50%.

There is NO spinning it. The people have spoken and they want Hillary Clinton. This is what Democracy is about. One person, one vote.

Still the system is against Senator Clinton and it is delegates that matter.

So, now that it is increasingly clear Florida and Michigan delegates have an uphill battle, it is time for the voices of the PEOPLE to be heard. Restore our Democracy! Restore our Delegates!

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I Need Blogging Help

I'll make this short. I'm in search for co-bloggers/co-authors for my political blog: Reliable Politics. I'm not the best blogger out there and I need people to help revamp the site editorially. I need bloggers who can give OBJECTIVE and UNBIASED opinions on race, Democrat or Republican. I'm not asking for daily updates, only periodical updates to keep the site relatively up-to-date and informative and to a certain level, interesting.

So, anyone want to help out a fellow blogger?

E-mail me at if you have any question or want to help out.

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Susan Klopfer on the Move Again

Remember Susan Klopfer? She was the one who was a Hillary Clinton supporter and volunteer until she switched to Barack Obama.

Maybe this will refresh your memory.


Well, it looks like Ms. Klopfer is on the move again.

"In both of those people I didn't see the experience that I'd like to see and kind of the groundedness that I'd like to see," she said of Obama and Clinton, "so I'm really looking at Edwards, and I'm still really looking at (Bill) Richardson."

After seeing Edwards at a house party, she was on the fence. She went to a Bill Richardson event and was impressed.

"Probably I'll caucus for Richardson," she said after Edwards spoke. "My guess is he won't be viable, and then I'll probably scoot right over to Edwards."

What's interesting, if Ms. Klopfer wanted experience, why go to the candidate with the least experience.

This switch goes to show there are still many people out there who are either undecided or on the fence. We won't know what happens in Iowa until it happens.

Source: rchives/2008/01/in_iowa_some_ar.html

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Hillary Clinton Reacts to Assassination of Benazir Bhutto

Hillary Clinton gave a personal reaction to the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

Here it is.

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