Great googily moogily he’s back. The incredibly unpopular Eric Holder will remain the Attorney General for President Obama’s second term. Not even the Fast and Furious scandal and the subsequent Contempt of Congress vote could get him out of the Obama Administration, but maybe that’s what ultimately helped him keep his job in the end.
Holder, whose position is formally less political than any other in the cabinet, is a vital political figure in the Obama Administration for three reasons. First, he has, without major exceptions, backed the president’s views on executive power. Second, he has owned and absorbed the flack for many of the Administration’s most politically challenging battles, from racially-charged fights over voting rights to the battle over so called “gunwalking” on the Mexican border. The third reason is simple: He has not led any politically damaging investigations into the Obama Administration.
In other words, he does what Obama wants him to do. He has supported the drone strikes, sided with the president on voting rights as it applied to identification laws, was the face of the administration in the Arizona immigration law fight, and took the heat off of Obama during the Fast and Furious debacle.
From Obama’s standpoint, why would he want to replace him? He’s basically a puppet that the opposition can beat up on, thereby deflecting blame and criticism away from the president.
While he’s remained more or less unscathed throughout the first term, the really good scandals always come in the second term, right? That’s what they say at least…