Biden is also considering Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, who was denied a seat on the Supreme Court in 2016 by a Republican-led Senate, and Sally Yates, a former deputy attorney general, sources said.
Jones will be leaving the Senate in January after his bid for re-election failed. He would become the second Alabama senator nominated for attorney general in four years; he was elected to fill the Senate seat once held by the other — Republican Jeff Sessions.
Yates would also be a reasonable choice. Nominating Garland without knowing he can be replaced, on the other hand, would be extremely stupid.
Still, I think this is a dispositive case:
If he’s a bad choice by the standards by which Bill Barr was allegedly good, sounds great to me. And also this:
I'm glad that Doug Jones is being called the front-runner for Attorney General for one overriding reason: He fought the Klan and won. As AG, Jones will take the rising tide of right wing terrorism seriously.— Lindsay Beyerstein (@beyerstein) December 8, 2020