Is the support of two unelected women all that’s keeping the attorney general of the United States in his job?
That’s the suggestion in a Sunday New York Times story, “Seeking a fresh start, Holder finds a fresh set of troubles,” that features anonymous White House aides griping that the departure of lightning-rod Attorney General Eric Holder would be more than a little welcome to at least part of the Obama administration.
President Obama wouldn’t want to let Holder go now, the story says, for fear of stirring blood in the water. “The latest attacks (against Holder) may stiffen the administration’s resistance in the near term to a change for fear of emboldening critics.”
But, the paper reports, the president also wouldn’t want to upset his wife and Valerie Jarrett, his senior adviser.
“His saving grace through years of controversies has been the friendship of two women close to Mr. Obama. Valerie Jarrett, the president’s senior adviser, grew close to Mr. Holder during the 2008 campaign and, as one former Obama adviser put it, ‘was always his protector’ inside the White House. Michelle Obama has become good friends with Mr. Holder’s wife, Sharon Malone, and the two couples go out to dinner from time to time.”
The article lists a number of Holder-related controversies: being held in contempt of Congress for his deceptive responses on Operation Fast and Furious; dropping voter intimidation charges against members of the New Black Panther Party; and the latest fight with the Washington press corps over tossing a net for journalists in leak investigations.
All of that stands for naught, though, as long as Holder can keep kissing up to Valerie Jarrett and his wife goes shopping with Michelle.
All the president’s women are on his side.
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