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Olson For AG?:
Both Jan Crawford Greenburg and Matthew Drudge have sources telling them that Ted Olson is President Bush's leading candidate for Attorney General and that an announcement may be coming soon. Stay tuned.
Dude Cool:
Fantastic choice. Maybe if Bush had picked TO in the beginning, the DOJ would be in better shape. Oh, and the comments at Greenburg's cite are brainless . . . a random one:


A guy who basically got Bush elected by litigating for rigged elections? Sounds like the perfect guy for the job for GW!


9.11.2007 12:49pm
Bruce Hayden (mail) (www):
Olson has been my pick since Gonzales committed to leaving. He is a known quantity and has a good, clean, reputation, which is what the Bush Administration needs right now.

Of course, if I were he, I might think twice about taking the AG slot, since it has managed to trash the reputation of at least the last three people who have held the position. But this late in the Bush Administration, and he might survive with his reputation intact.
9.11.2007 12:56pm
Gaius Marius:
Ted Olson has always been the logical choice for AG. Frankly, President Bush should have announced his nomination this morning, which is the anniversary of his wife's death on 9-11 when her plane was slammed into the Pentagon.
9.11.2007 1:15pm
CJColucci:
Why not? He's "due," and probably won't get another shot at the job. He has the technical qualifications, is probably not a crook, and whether he's a political whore or not, he won't be able to get away with much.
9.11.2007 1:31pm
JunkYardLawDog (mail):
Ted Olson would be a far better choice than the incompetent Chertoff. Although I have to admit that if Chertoff had been moved to AG which would be a net plus if he were replaced at DHS with someone who is competent, I don't believe Bush would have appointed a competent person to head DHS and enforce our borders.

Says the "Dog"
9.11.2007 1:37pm
sjalterego (mail):
With the Democrats in charge of the Senate maybe Olson's involvement with the Arkansas project can now be explored.

I don't like him as a choice. He is a much better lawyer than either of his predecessors was but he is just as much a party hack as Gonzalez.
9.11.2007 1:37pm
Benjamin Davis (mail):
You know, because he lost his wife on 9/11 I am and have been hesitant to have him in a position of power. The reason is that he may reason more as a victim than as a statesman because of that personal pain. This is not saying anything against his qualities as a lawyer - but more a concern about the need to have an evenhanded spirit at that job.
Best,
Ben
9.11.2007 1:40pm
Steve:
Frankly, President Bush should have announced his nomination this morning, which is the anniversary of his wife's death on 9-11 when her plane was slammed into the Pentagon.

That's truly appalling. If it had been my wife that died, I would surely have no part of such a stunt.
9.11.2007 2:24pm
Tim Dowling (mail):
Back in January 2007, Mr. Olson and Professor Neal Katyal co-authored a Legal Times op-ed denouncing the vilification of attorneys involved in detainee cases (including Jack Goldsmith). Jonathan blogged about it here. I thought it was a wonderful example of two patriots rising above the partisan fray to find some much-needed common ground and bring some civility to the public dialgue.
9.11.2007 3:50pm
Spitzer:
Olson would be a great AG, but it's too bad that he's coming on at the end of a very dreary administration. It's a huge loss to Guiliani, however, as Olson headed up the "Lawyers for Rudy" group and was very convincing in his soapbox speeches supporting Rudy. I had held out hope for Olson as AG under President R.G.
9.11.2007 3:59pm
Kent Scheidegger (mail) (www):
Contrary to Ben's comment, I think it is a point in his favor to have personally experienced the loss of a family member to crime. We could use more DoJ officials who know what it is like and are more sensitive to victims and their families.
9.11.2007 4:38pm
Just Dropping By (mail):
We could use more DoJ officials who know what it is like and are more sensitive to victims and their families.

Because the DoJ is insufficiently pro-prosecution?
9.11.2007 5:45pm
GV:
Just Dropping By, I assume Kent was being sarcastic.
9.11.2007 6:01pm
Dilan Esper (mail) (www):
I think Olson would probably be relatively independent. You can look at his very effective advocacy for the campaign finance law in McConnell v. FEC for an example of how the man is willing to follow the law even when it (probably) departs from his own views.

Nonetheless, there will probably be a bruising confirmation fight, with Dems asking about the 2000 election and the Arkansas Project and Repubs asserting that any attack on this man is out of bounds because of the tragic circumstances of Barbara's death.
9.11.2007 6:09pm
KeithK (mail):
"I had held out hope for Olson as AG under President R.G."

Who's to say that Olson couldn't stay on as AG in a putative Giuliani administration?
9.11.2007 7:13pm
Angus:
Why wouldn't Ted Olson make a good AG nominee for Rudy? I don't mean to be ageist here, but Olson is 67 years old. I'm pretty sure that if he stays on beyond January 2009 he'd be the oldest serving AG in the 100+ years.
9.11.2007 8:58pm
Terrivus:
I'll believe it when I see it. Greenburg has never let the facts get in the way of a good scoop: she blew her credibility with me last year when she panted about Justice Ginsburg's "frailness" in slowly walking away from the bench after an argument (when in fact RBG was simply taking time putting on her shoes).

As for Drudge... really? We're going to rely on an unverified hunch from Drudge?

If Olson is named AG, though, I predict he will get through just fine. The Democratic grassroot partisans will try to call him a hack, but I think most Democratic Senators will simply be relieved that he's a highly competent attorney (as compared to the last AG). The news media, naturally, will focus on his late wife, which is about par for the course for them.
9.11.2007 11:41pm
Dilan Esper (mail) (www):
Terrivus:

I think Olson is confirmable. I just said it would be a bruising fight.
9.12.2007 1:04am
Gaius Marius:
Senator Chuck Schumer is a pompous bully who will find fault with any of President Bush's nominations including the modern reincarnation of John Marshall.
9.12.2007 9:06pm