Commentary Magazine


Hold Over

Everyone from Karl Rove to scattered op-ed columnists is mulling over the other Barack Obama VP vetter problem, Eric Holder. It is not merely that Holder helped facilitate the Marc Rich pardon — that would have been bad enough. What makes it especially egregious is that Holder himself had a conflict of interest – sending Rich’s lawyer to Jack Quinn, whom Holder was hoping would help him land an attorney general spot in the Gore administration and making a “neutral to leaning positive recommendation” for Quinn’s client. In short, is this really the guy to spot ethical problems in a potential running mate?

But the chances that Holder will get the heave ho now are minimal, barring further revelations. And that may be just fine with the McCain team which gets to remind voters that the New Politics looks a whole lot like the Old Politics.