For all those who revel in the fact that there are 374 days until President Obama finally gets the hell out of the White House, a cautionary note: Obama and his colleagues are rigging the bureaucracy so that their unique brand of “hope and change” extends far beyond their tenure.
The latest evidence: Attorney General Loretta Lynch told New York Magazine this week, “My goal is to position the [Department of Justice] where it will carry on in all of these issues long after myself and my team have moved on.” She was responding specifically to questions about how she planned to prosecute gun sellers under Obama’s new executive actions.
Lynch, unlike her predecessor Eric Holder, isn’t a bomb-thrower. Like President Obama before his self-deification, Lynch hides behind vagary and a general sense of reasonableness. “We went in thinking We’re going to ask her the toughest questions we can come up with,” says Steven Edwards, a lawyer who interviewed Lynch for a local bar publication. “And we couldn’t lay a glove on her.” As New York Magazine states, Lynch simply ran out the clock on Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) questions to her during her confirmation hearings.
But there’s no doubt that Lynch reflects President Obama’s agenda. Lynch has spent time opening federal cases on the Baltimore Police Department after the in-custody death of Freddie Gray and against 14 officials in international FIFA corruption as though Americans care deeply about the nature of corrupt international soccer.
She’s also threatened to prosecute those who use “anti-Muslim rhetoric [that] edges toward violence” and said that her “greatest fear” is the “incredibly disturbing rise of anti-Muslim rhetoric.” Only after conservative media outcry did Lynch back down, downgrading her comments to state that she would only prosecute “deeds, not words.” On that same score, Lynch refused to tell media after the San Bernardino terror attack whether the perpetrators were “radicalized.”
And, of course, Lynch has not yet launched an indictment of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, despite widespread evidence of lawbreaking that would have landed any other public figure at a defense table long ago.
Despite all of this, New York Magazine treats her as a political moderate rather than merely a smart political operative, describing her “sense that often the people who seem to be on opposite sides of an issue aren’t necessarily opposed.” She’s no radical, you see—she’s just someone who wants us all to get along.
Of course, New York Magazine actually thinks she’s just like Obama:
Her agenda would be ambitious even if it weren’t coming amid what amounts to a national freak-out about public safety — whether the fear is directed toward guns, the police, terrorists, or the government itself. “I understand people are concerned. I understand that they’re afraid. It’s human to feel that fear and that concern. People want to be safe — I understand that—that’s why I’m here. That’s my job,” she says. But as she’s watching the country flip its collective gourd, she’s concerned, she says, “that people, out of understandable fear and concern, are falling into this trap, are falling into a rhetoric and a dynamic that our enemies want us to have. I always resist that.” In that way, Loretta Lynch is much like her boss: She refuses to freak out.
She’s very much like her boss in another way, too—she’s not afraid to use her power to push her agenda.
Ben Shapiro is Senior Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News, Editor-in-Chief of DailyWire.com, and the New York Times bestselling author, most recently, of the book, The People vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against The Obama Administration (Threshold Editions, June 10, 2014). Follow Ben Shapiro on Twitter @benshapiro.