**Written by Doug Powers
If the GOP had taken the Senate in addition to keeping the House, Holder would probably have gone back to the office just long enough to throw his stuff in a cardboard box and run down the street to turn in his resignation before heading off to parts unknown. But now that the election has taken away that possibility, Holder is weighing the options:
Attorney General Eric Holder said on Thursday he has not decided whether to stay on as the chief U.S. law enforcement officer in President Barack Obama’s second term.
Holder, speaking to law students at the University of Baltimore, said he still must speak with Obama and with his own family and ask himself, “Do I have some gas left in the tank?”
“That’s something that I’m in the process now of trying to determine,” he said.
It is rare for an attorney general to serve more than four years, and Republicans have already tried to oust Holder after a botched operation called “Fast and Furious” that targeted gun trafficking along the United States-Mexico border.
There will be many other cabinet members heading for the door soon:
Now, officials will start to cement their departure dates, and aides will sound out colleagues about possible new roles. Among the top current officials expected to go: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Lisa Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Attorney General Eric Holder and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood might not be far behind — or may even beat them out the door.
If not for the upcoming fiscal cliff negotiations, Geithner might have been ready to hand Obama his resignation letter as the president walked off stage at the McCormick Place Tuesday night. But once the negotiations are done — or done enough — he’s still expected to be the first to go.
Of the people on that list, I’d expect Hillary and Holder to hang around the longest after inauguration due to various ongoing “cleanup” efforts. Hillary hadn’t ruled out staying on for a while, although today a spokesman said she’d likely step aside days after Obama’s inauguration in January.
We might be tempted to think that Turbo Tim, Ken Salazar and Steven Chu, the Energy Secretary who has chosen so many
winners and losers, hitting the trail is good news, but there’s this enormous buzzkill: They have to be replaced by somebody:
There’s also a growing list of people the administration is looking to find spots for: Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick most of all, as well as former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and outgoing North Dakota Sen. Kent Conrad.
Also, J-Nap is reportedly under consideration to replace Holder when and if he leaves.
Which departing cabinet member will be the first to write a tell-all book? There’s always at least one.
**Written by Doug Powers
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