Al Kamen, writing in The Washington Post the same day the Brady screed on a "directionless ATF" came out, finally notices Andrew Traver:
Try, try again at the ATFRobert Farago, writing at The Truth About Guns, headlines this as "Obama Administration Caves to Brady Campaign on Traver ATF Nomination."
The Obama administration, just 18 months old, may be about to nominate someone to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Buzz is the leading contender is Andrew Traver, who now heads the agency's Chicago office.
If approved, Traver would be the first-ever Senate-confirmed ATF director. The position had been filled (at the Treasury Department and more recently at Justice) without Senate input. Since it became Senate-confirmable in 2006, seems no one has made it past the watchful eyes of the gun lobby.Senate Republicans, led by Sens. David Vitter (La.), Michael Crapo (Idaho) and former senator Larry "Wide Stance" Craig (Idaho), blocked President George W. Bush's nominee, Boston federal prosecutor Michael Sullivan, saying he was not sensitive to the needs of small gun dealers. He was acting director until January 2009. The current deputy director, Kenneth E. Melson, was acting director for a while and now runs the agency as deputy director.
I'm not so sure. Yeah, it is certain that the Brady Bunch's pressure caused somebody at Main Justice to name-drop to Kamen to show that they weren't entirely asleep at the wheel as "Leadership Vacuum" was released with great wailing and gnashing of citizen disarmament teeth.
But the question is still the one I've been asking since we scooped everyone on this story a month ago:
If there is a "leadership vacuum," does Eric Holder really want to get his dick caught in the wand at a sensational public confirmation hearing that highlights their appetite for citizen disarmament JUST BEFORE AN ELECTION?
We already know that DOJ is worried about Traver's strong ties to the virulently anti-firearm Joyce Foundation.
As well they should be.
As well they should be, indeed.
The Brady Bunch will no doubt claim credit for pressuring the Obamanoids into responding to their "Leadership Vacuum" demand by finally dropping Traver's name.
The question is, will Eric Holder be stupid enough to whip out his schmeckel and risk a public embarrassment that will certainly have negative electoral consequences? How badly does the Chicago Gang want absolute control over the ATF? And how much are they willing to risk?