Mr. Holder — now in public focus over the Justice seizure of Associated Press phone records — is the nation’s 82nd attorney general. He has the ninth longest tenure of any attorney general in history, “Through Sunday, Mr. Holder has now been in office 1,564 days — four years, three months, 17 days. Which is historically a very long time for the nation’s attorney general,” says Mr. Ostermeier.
William Wirt, who served in the post under James Madison and John Quincy Adams for 11 years, holds the longevity record. Janet Reno is in second place, serving in the Clinton administration for seven years.
Turnover of President Obama’s Cabinet was low during his first term, but has accelerated with the recent departures of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, and five other officials. Could Mr. Holder be next? Don’t hold your breath.
“Though Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus has called for Mr. Holder’s resignation, there is no sign yet that the current situation has risen to the level of President Obama calling on Holder to resign,” Mr. Ostermeier says.
POLL DU JOUR
•71 percent of Americans say IRS targeting of conservative groups about their tax-exempt status is “unacceptable”; 84 percent of Republicans and 62 percent of Democrats agree.
• 54 percent overall say Republicans are reacting “appropriately” to the IRS matter; 85 percent of Republicans and 31 percent of Democrats agree.
• 59 percent overall say the U.S. government could have prevented the Benghazi terrorist attacks; 75 percent of Republicans and 49 percent of Democrats agree.
• 59 percent say Republicans are reacting appropriately to the Benghazi situation; 88 percent of Republicans and 41 percent of Democrats agree.
• 52 percent overall say the actions of the Justice Department in collecting Associated Press phone records was “unacceptable”; 66 percent of Republicans and 37 percent of Democrats agree.
• 17 percent overall have a “great deal” of confidence in our system of government; 15 percent of Republicans and 21 percent of Democrats agree.
Source: A CNN/ORC poll of 923 U.S. adults conducted May 17 and 18.
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