Holder Turns In His Homework

Just about everyone has the experience of being ordered to do something stupid and pointless by someone in authority, and having to just suck it up and pay the price for not being higher on the great food chain of life. That’s probably how Eric Holder and his staff feel about being required to state the position on the Obama administration on the power of judicial review. But they met Judge Jerry Smith’s deadline, and managed to get their statement of the obvious to reach a third page, as Smith specified. They did not, moreover, succumb to the temptation of putting the memo on Mickey Mouse stationary or write the whole thing up in crayon.

I profoundly hope Smith is satisfied, and perhaps embarassed, not only by his ludicrous little exercise, but by his role in extending and amplifying one of the dumber kerfuffles we’ve seen in years.

Support Nonprofit Journalism

If you enjoyed this article, consider making a donation to help us produce more like it. The Washington Monthly was founded in 1969 to tell the stories of how government really works—and how to make it work better. Fifty years later, the need for incisive analysis and new, progressive policy ideas is clearer than ever. As a nonprofit, we rely on support from readers like you.

Yes, I’ll make a donation

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.