By Bob Englehart
4:11 PM EDT, June 13, 2012
So far, Eric Holder has been the only attorney general in the Obama Administration. President George W. Bush had three, John Ashcroft, Alberto Gonzales and Michael Mukasey.
Controversy seems to follow the office. Ashcroft championed the Patriot Act and denied that the FBI was going after library records. Clinton's Attorney General Janet Reno was heavily criticized for storming the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas. Richard Nixon's AG Elliot Richardson resigned rather than fire the special prosecutor in the Watergate scandal. Now, Eric Holder has his turn in the hot seat.
I get nervous when I hear that the president supports his AG. Based on past experience, I think the end is near. The AG doesn't get the ax. He, or she, usually resigns under behind-the-scenes pressure.
The hubbub around Holder is really about Holder's aggressively striking down voter suppression laws that the Republicans passed in Florida and a couple other states. The GOP is using the laws to discourage minorities from voting in the coming presidential election.
I do expect Holder will quit after Obama's re-elected. I mean, who could stand the harassment.
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