Just hours after Sen. Barack Obama added the title President-elect to his name, pundits are already asking: Who will be Obama’s pick for attorney general, and who might he place on the Supreme Court.
CBS legal analyst Andrew Cohen thinks the new AG may be Eric Holder, a former deputy attorney general under President Bill Clinton, who is now a partner in the Washington office of Covington & Burling.
“Holder is a Democrat, but it will be hard for Republicans to tag him as a crony of the Left,” Cohen writes. “He knows the ropes at Justice, has some experience in dealing with terror law and domestic crime (which is up), and has the intelligence and demeanor to generate confidence in the halls of Congress.”
As for Obama’s possible nominees for the high court should a vacancy arise, Cohen – like many others – thinks Harvard Law School Dean Elena Kagan will be on the short list in part because she “doesn’t appear to raise the hair on the backs of the necks of conservatives.”
“Oh, and not incidentally, she clerked for the late Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first black Justice,” Cohen continued. “She’s 48, which means she’s just a tick older than Obama himself.”
He also brings up the possibility of a Hillary Clinton nomination, although the New York senator has already said she would not be interested.