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Eric Holder Claims Criticism Due To Racism

From an approving New York Times:

Protesters at the Lyndon B. Johnson library in Austin, Tex., before Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. spoke there last week.

A Partisan Lightning Rod Is Undeterred

Published: December 17, 2011

AUSTIN, Tex. — For nearly three years, Republicans have attacked Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on national security and civil rights issues. For months, they have criticized him over a gun-trafficking investigation gone awry, with dozens of leaders calling for his resignation. Last week, more than 75 members of Congress co-sponsored a House resolution expressing “no confidence” in his leadership.

The intensifying heat on Mr. Holder comes as the Justice Department is stepping into some of the most politically divisive social issues of the day, including accusing an Arizona sheriff known for his crackdowns on illegal immigrants of racial profiling, scrutinizing new restrictions on voting in search of signs that they could lower turnout among minorities and telling judges that a law banning federal recognition of same-sex marriages is unconstitutional.

How far left do you have to be to have the New York Times call you partisan? Do we really want a partisan attorney general?

After all, everything that The Times lists is being done to help the Democrat Get Out The Vote drive.

As Mr. Holder’s third year as attorney general draws to a close, no member of President Obama’s cabinet has drawn more partisan criticism.

Oh, now we understand. The headline is just more bad writing from the New York Times. They actually mean to say that the attacks on Holder are partisan. (In fact, it looks like their original headline was: "Under Partisan Fire, Holder Soldiers On." What a hero he is!)

By the way, were there ever any partisan attacks on President Bush’s attorney general Alberto Gonzalez? And did The Times ever complain about them?

In an interview last week, Mr. Holder said he had no intention of resigning before the administration’s term was up, although he said he had made no decision about whether he would continue after 2012 should the president win re-election.

“I think that what I’m doing is right,” Mr. Holder said. “And election-year politics, which intensifies everything, is not going to drive me off that course.”

With F.B.I. agents standing guard outside his hotel room on Tuesday, Mr. Holder spoke hours before delivering a speech at the Lyndon B. Johnson presidential library here that criticized the largely Republican-led efforts to put new restrictions on voting in the name of fighting fraud. At that moment, protesters were rallying outside the library, some in support of stricter voter identification laws and others holding signs urging Mr. Holder to resign over the disputed gun-trafficking investigation, known as Operation Fast and Furious. Several dozen jeered when his motorcade arrived.

The FBI have to stand guard, because there is so much risk for Mr. Holder from these dangerous Tea Party protesters. (Gosh The Times is subtle.)

In the interview, Mr. Holder offered a glimpse of how he viewed the criticism. He said he thought some critics — like Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who favors allowing the military to handle terrorism suspects over the criminal justice system — are expressing “good faith” arguments about their policy disagreements.

But Mr. Holder contended that many of his other critics — not only elected Republicans but also a broader universe of conservative commentators and bloggers — were instead playing “Washington gotcha” games, portraying them as frequently “conflating things, conveniently leaving some stuff out, construing things to make it seem not quite what it was” to paint him and other department figures in the worst possible light.

Of that group of critics, Mr. Holder said he believed that a few — the “more extreme segment” — were motivated by animus against Mr. Obama and that he served as a stand-in for him. “This is a way to get at the president because of the way I can be identified with him,” he said, “both due to the nature of our relationship and, you know, the fact that we’re both African-American.”

Gee, what a surprise. Mr. Holder is accusing his critics of being racist. (Too bad Alberto Gonzales never thought of that.) Hopefully his people, including the New Black Panthers, will get wind of this and do something about it.

Holder says criticism of him is racism. But is isn’t this the same man who back in February 2009 said that we are "a nation of cowards" for not talking more about race? And the same man who said that he wanted Americans of all races "to stop avoiding the difficult issues of race"?

And here he is using the race card to try to get out from under highly justified criticism. What a surprise.

(By the way, did Alberto Gonzalez ever claim that all the Democrat criticism of him was based on racism? He never did that we can remember. Though he certainly had a stronger case than Mr. Holder has.)

Still, we suspect that any Attorney General no matter his level of melanin content would be in hot water for helping drug cartels to get guns in ‘Fast & Furious,’ and for attacking states for trying to defend their borders from invasion and their ballot boxes from voter fraud.

Some might even object to his relentless efforts to give terrorists and enemy combatants captured on the battlefield the same right as American citizens even if he were a white man.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, December 19th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Eric Holder Claims Criticism Due To Racism”

  1. Petronius says:

    Funneling guns to Mexican drug cartels and getting Americans killed by them in an effort to subvert the Second Amendment is now called . . . (drum roll, please) . . . “a gun-trafficking investigation gone awry.”

    It used to be called treason.

    And those who objected to such treason were once called patriots, but are now instead called racists.

    And never mind that this abuse of power –– this treason –– comes from the government’s chief legal officer, the Attorney General.

    “Eadem magistratuum vocabula.”

    From Tacitus’ account of Augustus’ solidification of power : “The magistrates enjoyed their traditional names.”

    The forms of the Roman Republic were still preserved; the magistrates retained their ancient names (eadem magistratuum vocabula). But the substance and the real seat of power had changed. The Princeps had gathered all military and civil power into his own hands. A revolution had overturned the old Republic, and although the forms remained unchanged, the government of Rome had become a de facto dictatorship.

  2. Enthalpy says:

    Holder has been a political hack since his Clinton days-he was directly responsible for the 1999 FALN Terrorist pardon during the Clinton Administration. Some have suggested that the pardon was an attempt to assure the Puerto Rican Community in NYC that a vote for Mrs. Clinton for NY Senator was a good choice.

    There are countless reasons to detest this man and racism doesn’t enter into it. **


  3. canary says:

    Holder: “This is a way to get at the president because of the way I can be identified with him,” he said, “both due to the nature of our relationship and, you know, the fact that we’re both African-American.” …

    I believe American Africans are disgusted at the relationship between Obama and Holder favoring non-Americans and illegals.
    Holder called “all” Americans cowards, which was not a part of his job description.
    If Holder was anyone else in this country he’d be on trial as an American period. traitor. period.

  4. The Redneck says:

    Unfortunately, when Holder said we’re a nation of cowards when it comes to race, he was right.

    The Democrats keep playing the race card, and it keeps right on working.

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