I’m somewhat curious as to why Eric Holder chose this moment to “go nuclear.” Is something up? I am trying not to get my hopes up.
Eric Holder decides to speak of himself in the third person as if he were nobly defending someone else and not himself. It sounded weird to me.
From ABC News:
“Forget about me [specifically]. Look at the way the attorney general of the United States was treated yesterday by a House committee,” Holder told the crowd. “What attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? What president has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?”
But you are the attorney general, Mr. Holder. So it is impossible to “forget about” you and, at the same time, look at the way you were treated. After all, if you are being treated so much differently than other attorney generals, then one possible explanation is that Congress is responding to unprecedented behavior on your part.
Let’s start with Operation “Fast and Furious.” I’m prepared to believe that this may involve previous administrations. But the fact remains that people have been murdered with BATF-supplied firearms, including Federal agents. You were the attorney general in charge when that operation came to light, and you refused to release documents. You are in contempt of congress and you had a fit when a congressman reminded you of that fact.
And, if we are going to talk about your boss, where do we start? No President has so boldly legislated before. The Administration is hiding what happened in Benghazi. The President has pressed the right to murder people (with your open collaboration) and to start wars on his own.
In every way President Obama has far exceeded George W. Bush in his push to increase his own powers over against those of Congress. President Obama is the one who is “unprecedented” here, not the treatment he receives from Congress.
We might ask, what President has ever become as unpopular as this one? What President has ever destroyed the health insurance of millions of Americans while lying about it repeatedly?
If Obama’s opposition is really unprecedented, so is Obama’s behavior.
At least one reporter got the idea you were suggesting that you and the President were implying that you were being targeted for your race. The nice thing about this was that it provoked John Boehner to speak up for the truth for once:
“There’s no issue of race here,” Boehner replied, saying the administration simply hasn’t been forthcoming in responding to Republicans’ inquiries on a series of controversies.
“The frustration is that the American people have not been told the truth aboutwhat happened at the IRS. The American people have not been told the truth about what happened in ‘Fast and Furious.’ The administration has not told the American people about the truth about Benghazi,” Boehner said. “And we’ve been going through all these hearings, having to hold people in contempt because they’ve made it impossible to get to the documents. They’ve not been forthcoming. They owe the American people the truth.”
Since you’re the one obstructing Congress, Mr. Attorney General, it seems pretty obvious that you are accusing others to distract us from your own behavior.