for example-we might have a mediocre republican with low qualifications but I might vote for him against a very well qualified liberal who wants to raise my taxes, ban my guns etc.
I don't care about whom voters in other states elected since I cannot influence that
I care about Obama picking another person like Holder (who was a decent line attorney, decent DC judge but sadly ascended beyond and above his level of competence) whose main qualification is her race when the DOJ needs a super star after Holder
after Gonzalez, Bush wisely convinced Peter Keisler to stay and run the DOJ for a few months. Keisler was everything you could want in the AG
brilliant: editor Yale Law Journal (no affirmative action for him getting in there-he was my college suite mate)
extremely experienced (WH counsel under Reagan, Supreme court clerk, partner and supreme court practitioner)
and a straight shooter who even liberals admitted had integrity beyond reproach
that's the kind of person obama needs in office now