He wasn't unemployed for the past 8 years though. He was part of a law firm that defended terror suspects, some who were being held at Guantanamo Bay.
In his new role he made the decision to afford criminal status to new terror suspects and to hold the trials of high profile previously detained terrorists including Khalid Sheik Muhammad inside the criminal justice system. Along the way he also decided not to press charges against armed new Black Panther Party members who were caught on film intimidating voters outside a polling station during the 2008 election. Nor has his department done anything to protect tea party protesters or pro-life protesters when they have been assaulted, even when these assaults also were caught on tape.
With Eric Holder heading up Justice, it is a very dangerous time for Americans. The FBI and other instruments of the DOJ are critical to protecting us from enemies, foreign and domestic. But the Obama administration doesn't see any threats except to themselves from those who oppose their policies.
I'm afraid they will get a wakeup call, if they didn't already. The failed attempt to bring down a commercial airliner on Christmas Day had Holder's fingerprints all over it. Instead of turning the suspect over to military authorities and the CIA to glean any useful information about pending subsequent attacks, Holder got him a lawyer and read him Miranda rights like he was a shoplifter. Whatever the shelf life was for the information this man had has surely expired by now. But any attacks that ensue in the short term at least are on Holder. But I don't think he cares. One of his cronies is likely making a serious amount of change defending Abdulmutallab.
One has to reach the conclusion that Holder is either ideologically driven or corrupt. Since in each case he took the position favorable to donors to or members of the Democratic party, I tend to think he's more corrupt than anything.
A most memorable, almost Reaganesque line from the recent special election in Massachusetts came from Senator-elect Scott Brown commenting on the mishandling of national security under Obama and Holder, "we should be using our money to buy weapons to kill terrorists, not lawyers to defend them." I think that sums it up.