Barbara McQuade’s really big year

I can’t help but wonder if new Barbara McQuade watched the news on Christmas Day and thought, “Oh boy. I’m going to have a hell of a year.”

Just the day before, she was sworn in as a U.S. attorney. And she must have wondered if the news of the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound plane was going to wind up being how she would spend her time in 2010.

It is.

From The Detroit News, about new McQuade’s big year ahead:

When the U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of Barbara McQuade as U.S. attorney on Christmas Eve, she could look forward to a busy but unremarkable first year as a long-running federal corruption investigation of Detroit City Hall reaches its final stages.

That changed one day later when a Nigerian man reportedly boarded an international flight bound for Detroit with explosives concealed in his underwear. He allegedly created a small fire aboard Northwest Flight 253 as it descended toward Detroit Metropolitan Airport but failed to blow up the plane when he was restrained by passengers and flight crew.

Now the eyes of the world will be on McQuade, 45, as she oversees the prosecution of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. Charges are likely to include terrorism when a grand jury hands down an indictment that could come this week.