Attorney General Eric Holder Says He Might Not Stick Around for Obama's Second Term

Attorney General Eric Holder told students at the University of Baltimore Law School today that he might not stick around for Obama's second term, CBS reports:

“That’s something that I’m in the process now of trying to determine,” Holder said. “I have to think about, can I contribute in a second term?”

Holder says he needs to sit down with his family and President Obama to see if he wants to continue on the job.

“[I have to] really ask myself the question about, do I think there are things that I still want to do? Do I have gas left in the tank? It’s been an interesting and tough four years, so I really just don’t know,” Holder told students.

National Journal has put together a list of who might be tapped to fill cabinet positions in Obama's second term. Here's who the magazine sees as slated to take over Holder's job:

Obama has a natural pick in Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. Patrick was a top Justice official during the Clinton administration, and he also has experience in the corporate legal community through his stints as a lawyer for Texaco and Coca-Cola. Patrick’s second term in Massachusetts doesn’t end until 2014, and, according to reports, the governor has said he’ll finish his term. But Washington and a high-profile Cabinet spot could prove irresistible.

Alternatively, Obama could turn to one of two former prosecutors now in the Senate, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota or Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island. Klobuchar was a popular county attorney; Whitehouse served as attorney general and U.S. attorney in his home state. Justice could also be a landing spot for Sen. Claire McCaskill, a former county prosecutor in Missouri, who just won reelection, or for Janet Napolitano, the current Homeland Security secretary. If Obama wants to look to his home state, he could tap Lisa Madigan, the longtime Illinois attorney general. (Both Klobuchar and Napolitano have also been mentioned as possible Supreme Court nominees.)

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  • ||

    If we can't muster enough Republican fervor to ensure Little Eric rides the lightning, I guess we'll have to settle for retirement.

  • Sudden||

  • Big 'Orra||

    Thanks, I needed that!

  • Syd Henderson||

    I strongly doubt Obama will choose a Senator who just won re-election. Patrick and Madigan seem natural choices.

  • LTC(ret) John||

    Lisa Madigan...Daddy's Little girl

  • Enough About Palin||

    "“[I have to] really ask myself the question about, do I think there are things that I still want to do? Do I have gas left in the tank? It’s been an interesting and tough four years, so I really just don’t know"

    THIS IS WHAT PURE EVIL ACTUALLY BELIEVES

  • SugarFree||

    See ya later, shitbag.

  • Bardas Phocas||

    I asked this yesterday.
    Who gets appointed the new ambassador to Libya? John Kerry wants to be Sec. of State...but, you know, he's John Kerry - so the newly openned position in Libya is just up his alley. Nice sunny and dry climate.

    Who gets TIMMAH! job? Give Goldman-Sachs a call and see who they got to cover the US Treasury portfolio.

    Also remember, rarely does the second term team come to the high competancy of the first term team. It's B and C team from now on. Expect even stupider policies, more scandals and general mayhem.

  • Enough About Palin||

    Scariest part of the story:


    (Both Klobuchar and Napolitano have also been mentioned as possible Supreme Court nominees.)

    Napolitano???

  • John||

    Napolitano is a fucking moron. She has less intellectual heft than Hazel Meyers. I would be shocked if they nominated her. That would really be telling the country "fuck you I am nominating a hack who will always vote my way". At least Kagen had the fig leaf of being from Harvard. Her on the court would complete the Court's degeneration into a purely political body.

  • BarryD||

    All of that is true, except for "I would be shocked if they nominated her."

  • Sudden||

    Hopefully they accidentally submit the nomination as Judge Andrew Napolitano instead.

    A man can hope right?

  • ||

    “I have to think about, can I contribute in a second term?”

    Holder says he needs to sit down with his family and President Obama to see if he wants to continue on the job.

    Translation: "Obama might fire me. I'm trying to put the best spin on that. Or maybe he has already fired me, and I was given the favor of being allowed to try to make it like it was totally my choice to leave."

  • John||

    Wouldn't he have to go through another confirmation hearing? I don't think obama wants the Senate putting Holder under oath about Bengazi, Fast and Furious, Corzine and God knows what else.

    He is not going to be renominated. My guess is that he takes a job overseas where he can't later be subpoenaed.

  • BarryD||

    He should go to northern Mali as a drone strike observer. A very, very close observer, on the ground.

  • Trespassers W||

    Oath shmoath.

  • Killazontherun||

    If anyone is up for some good old fashion mental self flagellation, this ought to do it:

    http://economix.blogs.nytimes......th-warren/

    The Importance of Elizabeth Warren

    One of the most important results on Tuesday was the election of Elizabeth Warren as United States senator from Massachusetts. Her victory matters not only because it helps the Democrats keep control of the Senate but also because Ms. Warren has a track record of speaking truth to authority on financial issues – both to officials in Washington and to powerful people on Wall Street...Ms. Warren has long stood for transparency and accountability.

    I couldn't make it all the way through it.

  • NoVAHockey||

    warren might diagnosis some of the problems correctly, but she'll inevitability push the wrong solutions.

    i should sent my resume to her office. i'll have to revise it to note that my family history said we're Cossacks. or Dothraki. some type of horsemen anyway.

  • LTC(ret) John||

    Szeklers, go really exotic!

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    Warren's victory rated 4 out of 5 carajos in my household.

  • The Hammer||

    Simon Johnson is the Ronald A. Kurtz Professor of Entrepreneurship at the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management and co-author of “White House Burning: The Founding Fathers, Our National Debt, and Why It Matters to You.”

    So he's someone who should know better.

  • ||

    Looks like somebody's worried about getting thrown under the bus!

  • John||

    There was so much criminality there. Odd how after the biggest banking collapse since the 29 crash, not a single person was ever prosecuted.

  • John||

    He is pretty much the designated tar baby for fast and furious. He will leave and the media spin will be "of course Holder made some very serious mistakes. But the new guy is different and this is an old story anyway".

  • Specail Sauce||

    My senior year in high school we had the privilege of playing a non-conference football game against an all black team from Compton High. Their team mascot? Tar Babies.

  • nicole just can't even!||

    Isn't it easier to get thrown under when you're out?

  • ||

    Depends. If he has to undergo new confirmation hearings as John wonders above, then no. Also, if he's out the focus gets off of him and on the new guy. Political gamesters are much more concerned with the guy taking power than the guy out of it. Finally, if he gets out now they'd have to decide if they want to go after him pretty soon, and that means his boss will still have the power to pardon him. If he stayed in and stalled the whole time, they might get him after the big O had no more pardon power.

    I'm sure there are a lot of elements he's considering.

  • John||

    He will be fine. When you are a true professional criminal like Holder, you always know the angles and you always can keep yourself out of jail.

  • Drake||

    Why would anyone get thrown under? Obama just won his last election.

    It will be us going under the bus.

  • RPR2||

    probably a good idea to get the clock started on the statute of limitations while your guy has 51 months left in office.

  • BarryD||

    Ding ding ding, we have a winner.

  • sarcasmic||

    Deval Patrick is so fantastically inept it's hard to believe he could be worse.

  • John||

    He is dumb as a post. Holder is just an evil prick. Is Patrick as corrupt and evil as Holder? I think he is definitely dumber. But he might be a smidge more honest.

  • $park¥||

    Think of Patrick as Holder's retarded little brother.

  • John||

    From what I have heard from my inlaws in Mass, that sounds about right.

  • ||

    Yup. He'd look totally incompetent if it weren't for Menino's existence proving that there is always lower to sink.

  • John||

    Holder is stupid but has a sort of feral sense of survival. Patrick would be a disaster.

  • Tim||

    Chris Christie: Our next attorney general.

  • John||

    Vote fat bastard.

  • Specail Sauce||

    But when you're an overweight child, in a society that demands perfection, your sense of right and wrong, fair and unfair will always be tragically skewed...
    [farts]

    Austin Powers: Did you just soil yourself?

    Fat Bastard: Maybe.

    Fat Bastard: It did sound a little wet, there didn't it? Right at the end! Oooh! Heh heh heh. Let's have a smell, all right? Oh, everyone likes their own brand, don't they? Oh, this is magic! Hmmm, wafting, wafting. Ok, analysis. Ooh, smells like carrots in throw-up! Oh that could gag a maggot! It smells like hot sick ass in a dead carcass! Even stink would say that stinks! You know when you go into an apartment building and you smell the other people's cooking on each floor and you go "What are they cookin'?" That, plus crap!

  • BarryD||

    I figure he'll be Obesity Czar. Give Michelle a rest.

  • Jerryskids||

    More likely the guy who replaced him - Paul Fishman. Or the next Eliot Spitzer - Preet Bharara.

  • Andrew S.||

    Wait, he's actually thinking of making Janet Napolitano Attorney General? She's so far off the deep end the makes Holder look sane and normal.

    Though this gives me an idea. Hijack the nomination form, delete "Janet", write "Andrew". Could work.

  • John||

    I find her to be a complete nonentity at DHS. When Chertoff was here you knew he was in charge. Napolitano in contrast doesn't seem to do much. Her deputy and the various component heads do about everything.

  • BoscoH||

    Eric Holder Folder. Not to be confused with Mitt's binders full of women.

  • NoVAHockey||

    at least binders work. this is a recap of the failure that was Mitt's GOTV effort. http://minx.cc/?post=334783

  • Rasilio||

    Who wants odds that there will be a secret blanket pardon for Mr Holder when he leaves office?

  • John||

    Holder is getting pardoned. He would have been pardoned had Obama lost.

  • ||

    Obviously. I mean, that's a given for every scumbag in this administration.

  • nicole just can't even!||

    OT: Bloomberg just announced even/odd gas rationing starting tomorrow morning.

    THEIR TEARS, THEY ARE SO YUMMY AND SWEET.

  • John||

    But we had to do something about the scourge of large sodas Nicole. If that required voting for a fanatical moron incompetent who can't succeed at the basic functions of government, well we all have to make sacrifices.

  • NoVAHockey||

    i suggest we sacrifice the tired, the poor/and the huddled masses yearning to GTFO

  • pmains||

    Your Twitter friend never could wrap his head around the fact that there were economic principles at play there. He made some comment about how solving the car-for-hire shortage would require magic 3-D printers to make Town Cars. I pointed to Reason's article on the shortage of taxis, and he pivoted to regulations on taxis. Could not bring himself to comprehend that eliminating market incentives might be responsible for much of the misery in New York.

  • nicole just can't even!||

    Hey no, you're my Twitter friend, that guy was just some dude going after whoever wasn't being mean to Uber. But yeah, I'm shocked.

  • Drake||

    Is Van Jones available? He would be perfect for the job.

  • John||

    What about Bill Ayers?

  • Drake||

    Damn shame that Frank Marshall Davis is dead.

  • John||

    Now this is a first class heist. At leas the Brits can still make good thieves.

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/tr.....25090.html

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    That is confirmed by the voting trends in British politics.

  • John||

    http://losangeles.cbslocal.com.....measure-b/

    LA ensuring that its last business leaves town.

  • Tim||

    Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
    By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore.
    "Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou," I said, "art sure no craven,
    Ghastly grim and ancient raven wandering from the Nightly shore-
    Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore!"
    Quoth the Raven, "Eric Holder."

  • db||

  • CE||

    At least we know now why Holder didn't indict the Bush Administration criminals. He didn't want to set a precedent for incoming AGs.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    I' m sure somebody horrible is waiting in the wings.

    MORE HORRIBLE THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE.

    Dunh dunh DUUUUUUUNH

  • BarryD||

    Therefore, probably less horrible than Holder.

  • db||

    I don't know, I think a powerlifting pro-pot rockstar AG would be refreshing. Plus we'd get to see a lot more of Morgan Fairchild.

  • Trespassers W||

    How about a giant sack of crap? That might be worse. No, wait, its lack of sentience would be an improvement.

    How about a giant, sentient sack of crap?

  • ||

    I thought Holder was leaving.

  • $park¥||

    I would love to see him pick Deval Patrick. That would get him the fuck out of here. Although I can only imagine what kind of retard would take his place. There have been murmurs of Scott Brown running for Gov next time around.

  • John||

    If Brown couldn't beat a candidate as awful as Warren, I can't imagine him winning another statewide race in MA. I know the Dems in mass are terrible. But Warren was the worst candidate I have ever seen.

  • Tim||

    Cokely was worse, much worse. Anyway, something about a yellow dog.

  • John||

    True. Warren never put innocent people in prison. Coakely was the worst. But Warren wasn't much better. She reminds me of the villainous head mistress in the later Harry Potter movies.

  • Will Nonya||

    I think they have the wrong Napolitano.

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