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Why Picking Tom Perez for Attorney General Would Be a Smart Move for Obama

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Win or lose, a nomination battle would rally Democrats -- and put Republicans on the defensive.


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Whether or not the Democrats lose their Senate majority on Tuesday, President Barack Obama will need to show some fight after the midterm elections. If the Republicans triumph, Obama must do something to rally his discouraged supporters and show he won't spend his final two years as a truly lame-duck president. If the Dems manage to hold the Senate, the president, who has been pinned down by ISIS, Ebola, and other crises, will still be looking for a way to take back the political narrative and flex his political and policy muscle. Either way, he has a good option: nominate Tom Perez as attorney general.

The chatter in Washington is that Obama will announce his pick to replace the outgoing Eric Holder soon after Election Day, and Perez is on the White House's short list. Based on his resume, Perez, who is now secretary of labor, is a reasonable choice. He's also one of the administration's most stalwart progressives.

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