Former King & Spalding attorney Larry Thompson is reportedly on the short list to become the next Attorney General:
Political analysts say Thompson, who served as U.S. attorney in Atlanta from 1982 to ’86, is one of the only Republicans mentioned so far who could pass what are expected to be rigorous confirmation hearings in the Democratic-controlled Senate. But does Thompson, 61, want to give up his well-paying job as general counsel at PepsiCo to run a department torn asunder by partisan politics?
The next attorney general will be faced with congressional panels that are investigating whether nine U.S. attorneys were improperly fired last year for partisan gain, whether civil servant job applicants were illegally forced to declare party loyalty and whether there was legal justification to authorize wiretaps of suspected terrorists without court warrants.
If I were Bush I wouldn’t appoint anybody. I would leave the job unfilled and say you didn’t want to subject anyone to the brutal, petty, “we hate Bush”, confirmation hearings the Dems would conduct. Either that or nominate Harry Reid to the job and watch his former colleagues rip him to shreds for going to the dark side.
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