Sebastian points out that Eric Holder has been tapped by Obama to head up the Department of Justice. As mentioned, the Attorney General is the cabinet level position that has the most direct impact on gun owners by virtue of directing the path and enforcement actions of the BATFE as part of the Department of Justice.
Looking at his career, Mr. Holder was appointed by Reagan as a judge on the DC Superior Court, then appointed to US Attorney by Clinton, and then once again nominated by Clinton for Deputy Attorney General, a position to which he was unanimously confirmed. During his political career, he’s been…well, a politician, and as far as I can tell, a pretty smart one at that. The only major political decision he’s made with which I vehemently disagree is that he supported keeping the DC Handgun Ban in an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court during the Heller decision.
All that being said, we’ll wait and see how it shakes out. I do agree with Sebastian as long as while he’s on watch the DOJ doesn’t burn down any buildings full of kids or point submachine guns at 6 year old immigrants, than he’ll be doing a lot better than the last Democrat appointed to that position.
Side note: Mr. Obama’s first two cabinet appointments have gone to close friends. I thought that we were going to be about bipartisanship and an end to cronyism?