DECEMBER 15 2008

1. Securing the Crime Scene
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1. Securing the Crime Scene
by Scott Horton of Harper's No Comment

....The man to whom the Republicans turn to lead them out of the
Sinai is Karl Rove. He’s been the party’s brains and spirit for the last
decade, and a large number of Republican elected officials are happy
to adopt his schemes to help achieve a comeback. No need to reflect
on the inherent merits of the policy decisions they implicate.

Where do we see the evidence of Rove’s rise? The Republican
strategists have decided that they will wage a war over one of
Obama’s cabinet picks: his nomination of Eric Holder to be Attorney
General. Their basis for opposing the Holder nomination will be that
he was instrumental in securing a pardon for fugitive financier Marc
Rich in the waning days of the Clinton administration. As Obama put
the Holder nomination on the table, he received assurances from
leading Republicans, including Judiciary Committee ranking member
Arlen Specter, that, while there would be some questions about the
Rich matter, Holder could expect smooth sailing. Suddenly, however,
this has shifted, and it is increasingly clear why: Rove urged leading
Senate Republicans to take on Holder.

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Rove wants to oppose Obama
nominee for Attorney General,
Eric Holder.