Mark’s notion that the next Attorney General needs to have nonpartisan credentials makes a certain amount of sense, if for no other reason that Democrats need to create the perception that the government represents the entire public and can do competently. (Republicans gain an advantage with incompetent and partisan government because it reduces the public’s faith in government to begin with; thus Mitt Romney argued against health care expansion by saying “I don’t want the guys who ran the [Hurricane] Katrina cleanup running my health care system.”).
So–assuming that a Democrat gains the Presidency in November, and with this principle in mind, I’m wondering whether people think that there is any Republican or Independent with sufficient integrity to serve effectively in a Democratic Administration. Note: this AG would also have to adopt some Democratic policies. The AG shouldn’t be as partisan as, say, anyone who has ever served in the Bush DOJ, but at the same time, there are policy areas, such as civil rights, civil liberties, criminal justice, environmental enforcement, etc. that have a clear partisan valence (i.e. Democrats tend to be in favor of such things and Republicans do not.).
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UPDATE. Here are some early candidates:
The first two seem like interesting possibilities, although we don’t know much about their policies. A colleague knows Lam, and told me when the US Attorney scandal broke that she is a superb lawyer and an absolute straight-shooter as a prosecutor. Bruce Fein has certainly shown himself to have a lot of integrity, but even so, he is VERY conservative–you couldn’t sell him even as a moderate Republican. Right now he is of counsel to the Ron Paul campaign. I don’t think that would fly even for someone promising “unity.”
As for John Dean: wow. It shows you just how much this administration has destroyed the Department of Justice that someone convicted of the obstruction of justice could be considered as someone to clean up Dubya’s mess.