Eric Holder is finally leaving the post of U.S. Attorney General. It may sound a bit harsh to say good riddance, but undoubtedly his departure is long overdue. He has been in effect nothing more than an apologist for an incompetent Obama presidency and clearly a partisan idealogue. Appointed in 2009, he was the first African American to hold that office.
Some media sources have championed his tenure for taking a stand on civil rights but in my opinion he’s been nothing more than weak and ineffective. I see his original appointment as cronyism, only a gesture of friendship by Obama and not because he was the best choice available. In his goodbye speech, Holder remarked that beyond having a strong relationship with Obama, “I am proud to call you a friend.” Not surprisingly, Obama has supported him, saying “He’s done a superb job.” A White House spokesperson added that “Holder’s accomplishments have established a historic legacy of civil rights enforcement and restoring fairness to the criminal justice system.”
Well, let’s see.
As previously reported by Fox News, Darrell Issa, R-Calif., Chairman of the House Oversight and Government reform Committee, said that “Eric Holder is the most divisive attorney general in modern history.” Issa continued, “By needlessly injecting politics into law enforcement, Attorney General Holder’s legacy has eroded more confidence in our legal system than any attorney general before him.” That sums it up nicely.
There are many, many Holder shortcomings (to put it politely, failures to act would be more accurate) which could have easily justified Obama’s jettisoning him much earlier. The failure to act in the national interest in pursuing the IRS targeting scandal, where the agency targeted certain interests for “special treatment”, is only one glaring example. Allowing IRS official Lois Lerner to escape prosecution for destroying evidence of her involvement in this scandal or at least conducting an investigation into the matter is inexcusable. To this day there was been no action by the Justice Department concerning her conduct, which can only be ascribed to Holder’s longstanding friendship with Obama. And Lerner remains retired, enjoying her government pension paid for with taxpayer dollars.
The botched operation known as “Fast and Furious,” was another scandal . This was a probe into gun-running along the Southwest border. It featured a Holder confrontation with Congress over the Justice Department’s failure to turn over of records of the operation. It resulted in Holder’s being held in contempt of Congress, the only sitting Cabinet member to have been held in contempt. In this matter, the government allowed Mexican drug gangs to walk away with high powered weapons. Key documents and witnesses were withheld from Congress, resulting in the contempt charge. This is quite a legacy.
Holder also clashed with Congress over other issues, including his department’s civilian prosecution of terror cases and surveillance of media outlets. His appearances before Congress were often combative. It has also been reported that during the contempt fight, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, was quoted as saying that “Holder’s arrogance knows no bounds.”
Often outspoken in public remarks, in 2010 he referred to America as a “nation of cowards,” in regard to matters of race.
Obama has deferred naming a replacement until after the mid-term elections.
Skipping to baseball, I can’t get excited about this World Series. Two also-rans (so-called “wild cards”) are playing each other, the Kansas City Royals and San Fransisco Giants. Ho hum. Snzzz. It used to be that the Series featured the two best teams in baseball, one from each league. This series has two second place teams playing each other. The Royals finished two games behind the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central Division and and the Giants finished six games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National Ledague West. What a bore. I guess opening the playoffs up to wild card teams increases the pot for Major League Baseball and the teams, but this year it results in a disappointing Series. Maybe some kind of second place trophy would be appropriate for wild cards, but not the World Series.
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