Certainly, all cabinet members serve at the will of the President and are beholden to follow policies as set by the President, but there is still a measure of discretion inherent in offices of the highest level, including that of Attorney General. For the most part through his tenure as one of the longest-serving Attorneys General in US history, Eric Holder determined much policy himself, though always mindful of the basic tone and direction set by the President. Thus, either through his following orders, both those set in stone and those more amorphous, or in utilizing his own discretion, Holder on one hand was a force for truth and justice in some areas, while failing miserably to blaze any course whatsoever in other areas.
As a vigilant defender of civil rights and voting rights, Holder is to be commended. At a time when the most partisan, conservative Supreme Court in the nation’s history so to the
|evisceration of the Voting Right Act, and at a time when the assault on the right of minorities and the poor and the disadvantaged to vote has never been more pervasive and well-funded, Holder took action in state after state, seeking to use what limited tools were still left to combat the assault of the right wing against such a basic, Constitutional right. In case after case involving the denial of civil||
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And, in an episode as dramatic as any we have seen during his tenure, Holder stood up the the despicable treatment, words and acts of Congressman Darrell Issa, who in his typical manner, made a mockery of Congressional hearings with his manufactured “scandals” and fake evidence, seeking to make Holder appear guilty of various nefarious crimes for doing nothing more than carrying out the duties of his job.
Second is the greatest failure of the Obama administration, and it falls squarely at the feet of Eric Holder. Its importance has never been greater as it is today, as we have begun yet another war in the middle east, all due to the pervasive criminal acts committed by former
|president george w bush, vice president dick cheney, and untold numbers of member of the bush administration. The first and most important job of the Obama administration and its Justice Department, headed by Attorney General Eric Holder, SHOULD HAVE BEEN the investigation and prosecution of bush, cheney, donald rumsfeld, condolezza rice, dick armitage, alberto gonzales, john negroponte, l. paul bremer, john yoo, george tenet, etc., etc., etc. for their acts in lying the country into a phony war against IRaw for the purposes of financial gain and personal aggrandizement. The|
Eric Holder’s legacy? It will take several years to be determined, but it looks to me that his two major failures, especially the one concerning george w bush, will be the determining factors and will serve to overshadow the his greatest successes.