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The return of The Wall?

posted at 9:45 am on November 10, 2008 by Ed Morrissey
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The New York Times' Eric Lichtblau takes a look at a potential Attorney General nominee in the nascent Barack Obama administration - and it's a familiar face. Jamie S. Gorelick may be on Obama's short list for AG, but she has been a familiar face during the Bush administration, too. Gorelick served under Janet Reno during the Clinton administration and played a critical role in blinding counterterrorism efforts prior to 9/11:
Would bring to the job: A wide-ranging Washington résumé that spans corporate, legal and national security affairs. Ms. Gorelick (pronounced Guh-REH-lick) was the No. 2 official at the Justice Department in the Clinton administration, from 1994 to 1997, and if chosen would be the second woman to be named attorney general, following her former boss, Janet Reno. Ms. Gorelick would also bring corporate experience to an Obama administration at a time of financial crisis.
Is linked to Mr. Obama by: Deep contacts in Democratic circles and a background in civil rights. But Ms. Gorelick backed Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic primaries and contributed early on to her campaign, which could work against her as a contender. She contributed $10,000 to Mr. Obama's presidential political action committee in August, after his nomination was all but assured.
Gorelick would bring corporate experience to an Obama administration - in the same way Rahm Emanuel did. Gorelick was vice chairman at Fannie Mae in the years when the GSE fraudulently reported its income. She got a Friends of Angelo sweetheart mortgage for almost a million dollars in 2003, and is currently under investigation by the department she would run if nominated for AG.
But even without that taint of corruption, Gorelick would signal a return to incompetence and infighting. Gorelick played a major role in keeping counterterrorist and law-enforcement agents from sharing information and "connecting the dots" before 9/11. In a series of judgments at the DoD and at Justice during her tenure in the Clinton administration, Gorelick hamstrung our efforts to find and disarm terrorist infiltrators by discouraging any cooperation between intelligence and enforcement efforts by making "the wall" much more significant than Congress ever intended.
Gorelick wound up serving as a panelist on the 9/11 Commission, but she should have been served a subpoena instead. Two memos from Clinton-appointed US Attorney Mary Jo White made this point crystal clear, as did an explanation from someone involved for years in the counterterrorist effort. Gorelick imposed an unrealistic standard on intelligence gathering that led directly to the 9/11 attacks. As AG, she would have even more power to reimpose those same limitations, and leave us just as blind as we were before those attacks.
Obama ran on "hope and change", but if Gorelick is what he had in mind, then he sold the US a bill of goods. It would make the second former GSE board member nominated to a high position in his administration, one who already has connections to Countrywide's corruption and a federal probe into her actions. Gorelick also has failed in developing policies and strategies to keep the nation secure. She would be a disaster as AG, and if she really is on the short list, it shows how clueless Barack Obama is about the threats to this nation.

This article didnt mention that she also was on Duke University's legal team after the University accused lacrosse players of rape.
 

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Edit: I probably should go back to not touching this issue.
 

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Did I say that. I just pointed out what the article failed to mention. This OP/ED was by a NYT writer, one of the most anti conserve/repub newspapers on the planet. Forget the wall issue, what about her role in Fannie Mae? I'd think she would get quite a bit scrutiny, given her role in the organization. Reno left a bad taste in many peoples mouthes, esp after Waco, Gonzalez, and Ruby Ridge.
 

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Fair enough. I agree that all of these issues will be raised, and that they are fair game. Unfortunately, every time I want to discuss this in more detail, I find myself slipping past where I ought to go. It will be interesting to watch.
 

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You prolly already know this post was meant for you. I dont really know Gorelick, I did look at the wall reference. The main neg for me was the Reno connection. I did not like that woman, dont know how she could live with herself after her decision led to the incineration of children. Worked with some justice lawyers in her dept though and they were very competent.
 

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I'm honestly not familiar with her relationship with Reno. As you know, they would have had to work closely given their positions at DOJ, but the appointments were separate and done for separate reasons.

It seems that a good chunk of my firm is either on the transition team or batting the idea around (to quote one partner...."I regret that I have but one firm to give to my country.":D). One of our partners is heading up the DOJ transition right now. Many of us may be going to various places in the WH Counsel's office, DOJ, State, Defense, DHS, CIA, Commerce, Treasury, etc. For most, it's less about the individual Prez and more about serving for a few years (and getting valuable experience on "the other side"). If McCain had won and I received a call, I wouldn't have refused, nor would most people at my level, I suspect. For more noteworthy folks who are deeply rooted in one party or another, it becomes more complicated, but even in that instance a colleague who was a strong McCain supporter in 2000 and a senior Bush official is now at the top of the list for taking an even more senior position in the Obama DOJ. This is a fun time. My wife and kids are excited, so that's what matters to me.
 

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Thanks. Me too. However, since I never "paid to play," I'm not sure that being on the short list of anything will result in a job change for me....which is fine, too (I won't need to switch to eating rice and beans every day:D).
 
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