Eric Holder

Former Attorney General Eric Holder Confirms He's Looking Toward the White House

"I'm thinking about it."


|||Screenshot via YouTube/The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Screenshot via YouTube/The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

It is quite possible that former Attorney General Eric Holder will throw his hat in the ring in the 2020 presidential election.

April Ryan of the American Urban Radio Networks tweeted last week that Holder was seriously exploring a run for president. Yesterday, The Late Show host Stephen Colbert asked Holder about the validity of Ryan's tweet.

"I'm thinking about it," he told Colbert. Holder informed Colbert that he would "make a determination" early next year.

Holder's legacy was greatly intertwined with former President Obama's largest scandals. In 2012, for example, the House of Representatives voted to hold Holder in criminal contempt over "Fast and Furious," a gunwalking operation that ended in the death of a Border Patrol agent. Holder was also sometimes guilty of "lean[ing] on news reports of issues he should be better versed in," such as an NYPD spying program that targeted American Muslim neighborhoods. Though Holder's Justice Department received complaints about the program for months, it did not take action until an Associated Press investigation received attention.

On a more positive note, Holder's less punitive views on criminal justice issues such as sentencing reform and the rescheduling of marijuana became more prominent in the closing years of the Obama administration.

Bonus link: Matt Welch previously observed how a Holder presidency would benefit Democrats, though perhaps not America.

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  1. Not with that mustache you don’t.

    1. Only thing worse would be to combine it with a McNamara 1930s haircut.

  2. Holder’s greatest offense was delivering a speech at Northwestern University justifying the president’s authority to assassinate Americans overseas without any judicial or legislative oversight.

    Interesting how there were no student protests of that. Maybe because he used the correct pronoun when discussing the authority to kill Americans by executive fiat

    1. Yea, I was gonna say I’d love to see his ass skinned alive by at least SOMEONE in the media over that….

  3. Hahahahaha. This guy?

    That’s like John Ashcroft or Alberto Gonzalez running for President.

    We dont need traitors to the Constitution as president after Obama.

    Trump has set a great precedent for Presidents. Roll back as much as you can and stand up for the USA.

  4. I hope he does and picks Maxine Waters as his running mate. Racists and white supremecists would be everywhere.

    1. Uh, I think we’d pretty much all be racists and white supremacists to that ticket.

      1. Thank you for explaining my fairly lame joke.

  5. It’s almost as if the Democrats what to see a Trumpslide in 2020.

  6. Need to see him without the mustache.

  7. On a more positive note, Holder’s less punitive views on criminal justice issues such as sentencing reform and the rescheduling of marijuana became more prominent in the closing years of the Obama administration.

    So you can trust him to do great things when he’s a lame duck so long as it doesn’t spend any political capital.

  8. Holder might actually be a threat. We laugh now, but let’s face it: he’s got a background in government, is a minority (specifically, he’s black; that’ll help bring in votes Democrats needed in 2016), worked under the Sea Receder, and because of his position in government he can simultaneously claim to be tough on crime and to show lenience when it’s needed. Dude’s got credentials, and if he can be personable, he’s got a shot.

    1. “…if he can be personable.” Haven’t discerned any sign of that thus far. But given the other “credentials” he probably has more going for him [from a Democrat perspective] than anyone else [which isn’t saying much].

      1. Still better than Sanders, Warner, or Clinton.

        1. Warren, dammit!

  9. Who is asking for this? Who is his constituency?

    1. Good questions; as GRFT posts above he does have some “creds” that the Democrat Party may find worth considering. As for constituents, they will fill in that blank when the timing is right [Obama III].

    2. Who is asking for this?

      Nobody, but we may end up getting it good and hard.

      Who is his constituency?

      Public sector unions, anyone who works for the federal government – especially law enforcement and “deep state” people.

      1. I can maybe buy him getting support from some federal law enforcement and intelligence people, but I don’t necessarily see him as an obvious pick over the other Democratic candidates for the average federal or public sector worker. I just don’t see what his base is that’s large enough to win a primary.

      2. His constituency is everyone who idolized Obama and associates him with the Obama administration. Sanders is too far out there and too old. His hair is worse than Holder’s stache. Warren is just another version of Clinton, and Clinton is just…..Hillary the loser.

        1. I seriously can’t believe we’re bickering about ‘staches and bad hair” days:

          “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the quality of their coiffure, but by the content of their character.”


    3. Who is asking for this?

      Most likely Obama and Jarrett are floating this via OFA and their media contacts to see what the general reaction would be. The only real reasons to float the guy’s name is that he was a loyal Obama drone and he’s not white, so he’d be perfect to bring out the Democrat minority voting blocks and re-install all the policies that Obama and Jarrett enacted while in office.

  10. On a more positive note, Holder’s less punitive views on criminal justice issues such as sentencing reform and the rescheduling of marijuana became more prominent in the closing years of the Obama administration.

    After it no longer mattered what he thought because he was no longer the Attorney General and could no longer influence policy. He gets no credit for that in my book.

    Let’s also not forget that he was the AG when the Justice Dept. went after reporters to try and force them to name their sources.

  11. His campaign will almost certainly be over fast, and he will be furious.

  12. Can’t wait to hear from the OKC conspiracy crowd.

  13. He better stop by H&R Block first.

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