"Throughout her 30-year career, she has distinguished herself as tough, as fair, an independent lawyer who has twice headed one of the most prominent U.S. attorney's offices in the country," Obama said in a ceremony in the Roosevelt Room. "Loretta might be the only lawyer in America who battles mobsters and drug lords and terrorists and still has the reputation for being a charming 'people person.' "Given that and experiences that provide a deep respect for civil rights, I think her CV is spot-on for our current challenges. This is not to say that her confirmation will be easy, because I have no doubt it will be politicized.
Oh well. Holder will be hanging on until his replacement is confirmed. Whether it be in a lame duck session, or after the new congress is all settled in. I have to admit, I get where this Hot Air blogger is coming from by calling this pick political--but here's the deal: someone has to be US Attorney General. President Obama has to pick someone he finds acceptable, and that somehow, Congress finds acceptable. Maybe, just maybe, he picked someone who is pretty damn acceptable. That actually is the point. He's seen cabinet picks, judicial picks, the Surgeon General, etc., put on hold for various political reasons. Maybe, just maybe, he thought he'd get someone somewhat pre-cleared in because the job is kind of important.
I really wish her luck with the confirmation process. I'm afraid she will need it.