From the Cheap Seats: Holder’s Hubris

March 1, 2012
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If nothing else, Attorney General Eric Holder demonstrates a keen grasp of the obvious. Self-awareness, not so much.

Holder, the keen legal eagle who gave us the Marc Rich pardon under Bill Clinton, the failure, make that refusal, to prosecute New Black Panthers caught on videotape attempting to intimidate voters under Barack Obama, the master of ignoring incompetence and corruption in his own office, conceded under questioning that his crowning glory, Operation Fast and Furious, was “fundamentally flawed.”

Well, he got that much right.

Holder, whose recitation of fact is, shall we say, selective, tried to cover himself in glory by suggesting that the operation was “a bad attempt at trying to deal with a very pernicious problem, where guns are flowing from the United States to Mexico.”

Ah well, Holder fails to observe that the source of this pernicious flow of firearms was initiated by Eric Holder his own charming self.

Holder has misrepresented his knowledge of the events related to Operation Fast and Furious in testimony to Congress, glossed over his role in the planning and execution of the project, and cried crocodile tears over the body of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, who was packing a bean-bag firing weapon against the high-powered weaponry supplied to the Mexican drug cartels by Holder’s “fundamentally flawed” project.

Holder’s response to close, and much-deserved questioning by U.S. Rep Raul Labrador of Idaho was to hold himself above congressional oversight.

“That was among the worst things I’ve ever seen in Congress” Holder told Labrador, who had dared question him. “There’s a whole bunch of things that I could say about what you just did, maybe this is the way you do things in Idaho or wherever you’re from, but understand something — I‘m proud of the work that I’ve done as attorney general of the United States, and looked at fairly, I think that I’ve done a pretty good job.”

“Idaho, or wherever you’re from.”

Holder’s gift for accidental self-illumination in the form of self-congratulation is truly stunning. And frightening. He insults a member of Congress in the process of insisting that he be treated with respect.

If nothing else, Holder’s behavior, looked at fairly, demands a special prosecutor investigate his questionable conduct of the Attorney General’s Office.

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