Sunday, March 12, 2017

Bharara's Last Stand

Preet Bharara's self-proclaimed martyrdom at the hands of Trump is attracting sympathetic rhetoric from his fellow Democrats, and indifference from Republicans.

Bharara's theatrics may have gotten him momentary sympathy, but he's unlikely to be able to convert it into further political momentum to launch a career in politics. Previous US attorneys for Manhattan like Rudy Giuliani and James Comey have managed to parlay their stints as a springboard into higher political office - Giuliani was subsequently elected Mayor of New York, while James Comey went on to become Director of the FBI. Bharara lacks the political base to pursue a career in politics, nor has he cultivated the connections to get a higher appointment. Perhaps he thought he was going out in a blaze of glory, but in the end he only made himself look narcissistic and unprofessional.

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