Eric Holder’s Replacement: Janet Napolitano?

As we all know, the Obama Administration is now looking for Eric Holder’s replacement. I originally thought that the best thing about the replacement would be that he or she will only be in office for a couple of years. But then it occurred to me that, if Hillary wins, she might keep whoever it is. Even if she doesn’t keep Obama’s appointment, she will probably pick someone as bad or worse.


So that’s a reminder to us all to get a different president in office.

This article at is one of many puff pieces on Eric Holder: “Why Holder Quit.” I glanced at it and decided it would be useless and boring and moved on.

Big mistake!

The Drudge Report points out that this article runs through possible replacements for Holder. As you can tell from the title of the post, it raises one awful possibility:

There’s also at least one high-profile long-shot on the informal list being circulated inside Obama’s camp: former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who left Washington in 2013 to take over the massive University of California system, according to one Democrat with close ties to the White House. Napolitano was the original choice for the job at the start of Obama’s first term – a favorite of then-Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. Holder, who had considered himself the sole front-runner for the job, was startled during the 2008-09 transition period when he was handed a Department of Justice binder that included headshots of himself and Napolitano as potential AGs.

Can anyone pretend that being head of Homeland Security is a good way to prepare to become the Attorney General of the United States? The Department of Justice presumes to claim to protect civil rights. Homeland Security is trying to “protect Americans” by spying on them and searching them—activities that the Department of Justice is supposed to watch and limit. Of course, Holder didn’t do anything to limit Napolitano. Nudie scanners and gropings were never opposed by the Department of Justice as far as I know. But I think it would still be a really cynical move to put one of the chief officers of a police-state department in charge of the DOJ. She should stay where she is.

Which is why I seriously suspect Barack Obama will choose her.