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Eric Holder cries, "Race!"

WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB 2011/12/23 15:10:42
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Eric Holder
is once again under fire from Republicans -- this time for pulling the
race card to dismiss critics of his tenure as attorney general.



The attorney general cited race in
explaining why a "more extreme segment" of his critics were going after
him. "This is a way to get at the president because of the way I can be
identified with him, both due to the nature of our relationship and, you
know, the fact that we're both African-American," Holder said in an
interview with The New York Times.




Holder has faced more congressional scrutiny than any member of President Obama's Cabinet. Calls for his resignation on Capitol Hill
have mounted as the investigation into the ATF's Fast and Furious
gunrunning probe intensifies. The Republican presidential candidates are
as united in calling for Holder's resignation as they are in calling
for the repeal of the federal health care overhaul.



Holder's Republican detractors have been
aggravated by the Justice Department's lawsuits against states pursuing
crackdowns on illegal immigrants, its decision to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act in court and several other initiatives.



And Republicans rejected the notion that race had anything to do with it.



J.C. Watts, a former Republican congressman
from Oklahoma, told Fox News that the criticism of Holder appears to be
based on the Justice Department's actions.



"I think it's fair criticism. When you look
at Fast and Furious ... when you look at guns ending up in the hands of
drug lords and criminals south of the border, I think that's fair
criticism," he said.



Watts, who is black, cautioned against
jumping to cite race as a motivation for criticism, something he said
both parties are guilty of doing.



"I think it cheapens and it weakens the
legitimate claims of racism," he said. "I think racism is obviously
alive and well, but I think it cheapens it when we so quickly and in
such cavalier ways, we often jump to that. Now I'm not saying that the
attorney general's being cavalier. ... He probably honestly feels like
that."



But a Justice Department official called the
criticism of Holder's comment a "distortion," noting that he was
talking about how he's identified with the president. In his New York Times interview,
Holder did not ascribe race as a factor for all his critics, just the
"extreme" ones. He accused his critics more generally of playing
"Washington gotcha" games and "construing things to make it seem not
quite what it was."



"As he said in that article, in testimony
and elsewhere, he believes some of the more extreme criticism is the
typical Washington 'gotcha' games -- which is unfortunate," the official
said. "A reading of that article and that comment makes clear that he
was referring to how he is identified with the president and sometimes
viewed as a stand-in for him as he is a member of his cabinet and they
have a lot in common. The position of attorney general has historically
been a target for partisan attacks and given the critical work that he
has been doing and the Department has been doing for the last three
years, it's no surprise that some are engaging in such tactics."



Dan Gerstein, a public relations consultant, said Holder's remarks were probably a reflection of his own "frustration."



But Gerstein questioned why the attorney
general would mention race when he could just as easily dismiss the
criticism of his tenure as a product of partisanship.



"Crying foul on race is something ... you
have to be really, really, really careful with when you're in a position
of power," Gerstein said. "To President Obama's credit, he doesn't do
that. ... (Holder) should take a cue from his boss."



Gerstein said Holder runs the risk of marginalizing himself with such a remark.



Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., said it looks like Holder is playing the "last card in the deck."



West told The Daily Caller
that Holder's "incompetence" is behind the criticism. "It has nothing
to do with your race -- it has everything to do with competence, with
your character and with your ability to lead the Department of Justice," West said.



Holder is not the only black Cabinet-level
official in the Obama administration. He's just the one who attracts the
most partisan scrutiny.



Holder, in testimony earlier this month,
decried the gun-walking tactics used in Operation Fast and Furious --
which was tied to the death of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry one year
ago, as well as the deaths of Mexicans south of the border. Holder has
claimed he did not learn about the operation until earlier this year.



He said at the hearing on Capitol Hill this
month that "nobody" in his department has lied, he and urged lawmakers
not to let the issue become a "political sideshow."



Despite Holder's appeals, the controversy is
not going away. Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government
Reform Committee, this week urged Holder to testify before his panel
next month.



Members of the Congressional Black Caucus meanwhile have been divided over the Fast and Furious scandal.



Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., who is Issa's
Democratic counterpart on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee,
said in a CBS "Face the Nation" interview in October that while he
doesn't believe Holder knew about the operation early on, he supports
the investigation.



Cummings said he thinks Issa has turned the
probe into a "witch hunt" -- however, he said he wants a "responsible
and balanced investigation" and vowed to "pursue the facts wherever they
may lead."



Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., though, told The
Daily Caller earlier this month that the Fast and Furious fallout is a
"manufactured controversy."

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  • gogleer 2011/12/23 15:33:43
    gogleer
    +9
    Yes he is black, Yes that is possibly how he achieved his position, but No it is not justification.

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  • johnc 2012/02/03 01:54:52
    johnc
    +1
    well yea, can't do the job, blame racism, it is #1 instructions in the Obama regime booklet.
  • WannaBe... johnc 2012/02/03 10:19:43
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    Imho, it's not because he can't do the job... he won't do the job. Difference, a telling one.
  • johnc WannaBe... 2012/02/03 16:38:16
    johnc
    Great prompter reading, great campaigner, end of abilities.
  • 4570GOVT 2011/12/29 20:40:18
    4570GOVT
    +1
    4. Attorney General Eric
    Holder: Attorney General Eric Holder now operates
    the most politicized and ideological Department of Justice (DOJ) in recent
    history. And revelations from the Operation Fast and Furious scandal suggest
    that programs approved by the Holder DOJ may have resulted in the needless
    deaths of many, including a federal law enforcement officer.

    Fast and Furious was a
    DOJ/Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) “gun-running”
    operation in which guns were sold to Mexican drug cartels and others, apparently
    in hopes that the guns would end up at crime scenes. This reckless insanity
    seems to have resulted in, among other crimes, the murder of Border Patrol Agent
    Brian Terry, who was killed in a shootout with Mexican criminals in December
    2010. Fast and Furious guns were found at the scene of his death.

    The Fast and Furious
    operation by itself should have resulted in Holder’s resignation, but it is the
    cover-up that has prompted serious calls for Holder’s ouster.

    On May 3, 2011, in a
    House Judiciary Committee hearing chaired by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), Holder
    testified: “I’m not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and
    Furious for the first time over the last few weeks.” Newly released documents
    show he was receiving weekly bri...

































































    4. Attorney General Eric
    Holder: Attorney General Eric Holder now operates
    the most politicized and ideological Department of Justice (DOJ) in recent
    history. And revelations from the Operation Fast and Furious scandal suggest
    that programs approved by the Holder DOJ may have resulted in the needless
    deaths of many, including a federal law enforcement officer.

    Fast and Furious was a
    DOJ/Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) “gun-running”
    operation in which guns were sold to Mexican drug cartels and others, apparently
    in hopes that the guns would end up at crime scenes. This reckless insanity
    seems to have resulted in, among other crimes, the murder of Border Patrol Agent
    Brian Terry, who was killed in a shootout with Mexican criminals in December
    2010. Fast and Furious guns were found at the scene of his death.

    The Fast and Furious
    operation by itself should have resulted in Holder’s resignation, but it is the
    cover-up that has prompted serious calls for Holder’s ouster.

    On May 3, 2011, in a
    House Judiciary Committee hearing chaired by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), Holder
    testified: “I’m not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and
    Furious for the first time over the last few weeks.” Newly released documents
    show he was receiving weekly briefings on Fast and Furious as far back as July
    5, 2010. It appears Holder lied to Congress. (Judicial Watch sued the DOJ and
    the ATF to obtain Fast and Furious records. The Judicial Watch investigation
    continues.)

    Unfortunately, when it
    comes to Holder's corruption and abuse of office, Fast and Furious is just the
    tip of the iceberg.

    On February 23, 2011,
    Attorney General Eric Holder announced that DOJ lawyers would no longer defend
    the constitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), as
    applied to homosexual couples. DOMA had passed Congress by a vote of 85–14 in
    the Senate and a vote of 342–67 in the House. President Clinton signed the act
    into law on September 21, 1996.

    Judicial Watch filed
    two Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits against the DOJ (including one on
    behalf of the Family Research Council) for records related to this
    pro-homosexual marriage decision. This failure to defend this federal law is
    unprecedented and raises serious questions as to whether President
    Obama and Eric Holder are
    upholding their oaths of office and following the Constitution’s command to
    “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”

    The DOJ continues to
    stonewall the release of information regarding Supreme Court Justice Elena
    Kagan’s participation in Obamacare discussions when she served as Solicitor
    General. In addition to forcing Judicial Watch to file a lawsuit to obtain this
    information, Holder’s DOJ thumbed its nose at Congress by failing to release
    this material to the Senate Judiciary Committee during Kagan’s judicial
    confirmation hearing. Holder continues to personally resist requests from
    Judicial Watch and Congress for additional information on this controversy.
    Kagan’s role in these discussions is especially significant now that the U.S.
    Supreme Court has announced it will consider challenges to the constitutionality
    of Obamacare in Spring 2012.

    New revelations emerged
    in 2011 about the DOJ’s Black Panther scandal. Judicial Watch uncovered evidence
    that the liberal special interest group National Association for the Advancement
    of Colored People (NAACP) may have had an inappropriate amount of influence on
    the DOJ’s decision to drop its voter intimidation lawsuit against the New Black
    Panther Party for Self Defense. This comes on the heels of sworn testimony that
    the Civil Rights Division of the Holder DOJ makes enforcement decisions based
    upon race.

    Most recently, Judicial
    Watch obtained shocking documents suggesting the Holder DOJ is conspiring with
    scandal-ridden Project Vote (President Obama’s former employer and ACORN front)
    to use the National Voter Registration Act to increase welfare voter
    registrations. One former ACORN employee (and current Project Vote Director of
    Advocacy), Estelle Rogers, is even helping to vet job candidates for the Justice
    Department’s Voting Rights Division! (ACORN and Project Vote have a long record
    of voter registration fraud.)

    Seeming to affirm
    ACORN’s hijacking of the DOJ, Holder recently said in a speech that he plans to
    use “the full weight” of the agency in 2012 to attack states that are enforcing
    laws that protect against fraud in the voting booths. This speech ended the
    pretense that the DOJ is independent from the Democratic National Committee and
    the Obama campaign – as it repeated almost verbatim the partisan arguments made
    by the Democratic Party against voter ID laws.

    Holder must go. Pick
    your reason – Black Panthers, race-based decision making, abandoning the Defense
    of Marriage Act, Fast and Furious killings and lies, or turning the DOJ into an
    arm of the radicalized left –- but Holder must go.
    (more)
  • Ozzyboy 2011/12/23 19:52:29
    Ozzyboy
    +1
    According to policy any one who doesn't bow down and worship at the PORH (Pissylousy, 0, Reid and Holder) altar, is part of the "more extreme segment." Returning vets and tea partiers are terrorists while a real terrorist can kill 14 people on US soil and that is dismissed as a "work place" disaster. Brian Terry is killed in the Fast and Furious government gun running program but holder "didn't know" along with his buddy in the WH who didn't know about Wright, Ayers to name a few clueless situations. They have come out at DoJ and said they will only prosecute white on minority crimes while minorities can and will get literally get away with murder, if you do it to the right color.
    So to not completely agree with your own destruction makes you racist to holder.
  • WannaBe... Ozzyboy 2011/12/24 12:22:01
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    Charges of racism may be in order, when considering this "administration". I fear for my black friends, because there are white supremacists out there who have waited for just this type "administration".
  • Ozzyboy WannaBe... 2011/12/24 16:56:08
    Ozzyboy
    +1
    Your are right to fear. We all are in fear because of the bigoted discrimination against whites that will push some radicals on both sides and we in the middle, of any color, will pay the price. Holder, 0 and this administration is trying to do just that by ignoring the concept of fairness in heated situations. They are definitely playing the classes and colors against each other. We must recognize that.
  • WannaBe... Ozzyboy 2011/12/24 17:51:38
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    "They are definitely playing the classes and colors against each other."
    100% correct.
  • All American 2011/12/23 19:10:23
    All American
    +1
    They never tire of this tactic. It didn't work before, it's not working now. It this the limit of their mental capacity? Can't they think of something better than this?
  • WannaBe... All Ame... 2011/12/24 13:39:21
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    It's been a successful tactic, but one that is losing it's effectiveness imho.
  • All Ame... WannaBe... 2011/12/24 13:42:13
    All American
    +1
    They've used this since Obama threw his hat in the arena. No one is buying it, at least on the right.
  • WannaBe... All Ame... 2011/12/24 14:00:13
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    "They've used this since Obama threw his hat in the arena. No one is buying it, at least on the right."

    Gonna throw this into the pot; I no longer ascribe to the "left/right" paradigm, believing it to be a most successful tactic for division in it's own right. Am finding many on the "left" would agree with your assessment, if you had refrained from pulling that "card" from you sleeve.
  • All Ame... WannaBe... 2011/12/24 14:16:04
    All American
    The race card goes down party lines; it's played to be divisive and it's always from the left. MSNBC, for example.
  • Cliff 2011/12/23 18:50:22
    Cliff
    +2
    Holder is going down no matter what shade of yellow he is
  • Kaleokualoha 2011/12/23 18:34:11 (edited)
    Kaleokualoha
    +4
    This Sodaheadline is a deceptive half-truth*. Curiously absent from this story is the fact that Holder only said A FEW critics were motivated by race. This critical distinction is undoubtedly true. One only needs to Google "obama ni**er" to reveal hundreds of thousands of Obama critics motivated by race.

    If you examine the NYT interview ( http://www.nytimes.com/2011/1... ), some very important details seem to have been omitted from the Sodahead story, including:

    - Holder stated that some critics have “good faith” arguments about their policy disagreements
    - No mention that Holder only said A FEW (the “more extreme segment”) of the critics were motivated by race
    - No mention that Holder attributed "most of the hostility to underlying ideological differences"

    (*A half-truth is a deceptive statement that includes some element of truth. The statement might be partly true, the statement may be totally true but only part of the whole truth, or it may utilize some deceptive element, such as improper punctuation, or double meaning, especially if the intent is to deceive, evade, blame or misrepresent the truth. - Wiki)
  • Narcole... Kaleoku... 2011/12/23 20:03:04
    NarcolepticGoat
    +2
    There you go, clouding the issue with facts.
  • Kaleoku... Narcole... 2011/12/23 20:21:21
    Kaleokualoha
    +3
    Sometimes I feel like the little Dutch boy with his finger in the dike, trying to stop the stream of disinformation.

    "I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant."
    - Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968)
  • All Ame... Kaleoku... 2011/12/24 13:01:08
    All American
    +1
    People of color always seem to inject race if things aren't going their way, or you disagree with them. It's a crutch.
  • Kaleoku... All Ame... 2011/12/24 15:06:58
    Kaleokualoha
    "Always"? Are you sure?
  • All Ame... Kaleoku... 2011/12/24 15:10:30
    All American
    "Seem" to
  • Kaleoku... All Ame... 2011/12/24 15:19:25
    Kaleokualoha
    "Always" means no exceptions.
  • All Ame... Kaleoku... 2011/12/24 16:38:22
    All American
    People of color "always seem" to inject race... and is virtually always from the left.
  • Kaleoku... All Ame... 2011/12/24 17:02:56
    Kaleokualoha
    Such delusions suggest paranoid schizophrenia.
  • All Ame... Kaleoku... 2011/12/24 17:09:02
    All American
    There's what you think, then there's reality.
  • Wolf 2011/12/23 17:08:25
    Wolf
    +3
    No its treason that Holder committed and should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law he fails to enforce...
  • Max 2011/12/23 16:58:40
    Max
    +4
    According to an article I will link at the bottom, he has carried a clipping in his wallet ever since 1971 which, if I remember correctly from psychology 101, seems to indicate an inferiority complex. Or, it could be just another convenient excuse to gain sympathy from like-minded voters.

    http://pjmedia.com/tatler/201...
  • WannaBe... Max 2011/12/24 12:26:35
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    +1
    That is a very interesting link.
  • Tasine 2011/12/23 16:25:17
    Tasine
    +4
    So.....let him scream "race" all he wants. The race card is dead, thanks to Obama's tenure in office - that is the one good thing this Administration has provided citizens with. Holder is still guilty, race or not. Once he is in prison, I think he should have all his "racial" comments played round the clock in his cell.

    BTW, ""To President Obama's credit, he doesn't do that. ... (Holder) should take a cue from his boss." " QUESTION: When did this become true? I seem to recall some instances of race baiting by Obama.
  • Diana Tasine 2011/12/23 19:08:48
    Diana
    Which instances? Im curious
  • Tasine Diana 2011/12/23 19:36:16
    Tasine
    +1
    Oh, little things like calling the police officer getting ahead of himself because he detained a black man before Obama learned a single thing about the incident. Like "they can sit in the back of the bus" - a direct insult aimed at whites for how the blacks were treated 60 years earlier. Sure I could think of more if I thought it was worth it.
  • Diana Tasine 2011/12/24 02:32:56
    Diana
    The comment is hardly racist and it seems that it has been taken out of context.
  • Will Advocate of PHAET 2011/12/23 16:03:48
    Will Advocate of  PHAET
    +7
    Now there's a shocker! Ha!
  • GANGA~Patriotic Revolution ... 2011/12/23 16:01:00
    GANGA~Patriotic Revolution BL-100+
    +7
    Eric holder crybaby like Obama

    Just like Obammy!
  • dave b 2011/12/23 15:59:09
    dave b
    +6
    Being an anti-American has nothing to do with race, Holder....you POS.
  • Space Invader 2011/12/23 15:57:14
    Space Invader
    +7
    I actually heard some people on "Morning Joe" trying to defend Holder for his statement....what a load of BS this government of ours is at this moment...
  • irish 2011/12/23 15:49:22
  • Ukie 2011/12/23 15:49:07
    Ukie
    +8
    What a useless doofus!! Eric Holder Obama two peas in a pod Eric Holder Obama two peas in a pod Eric Holder Obama two peas in a pod
  • gogleer 2011/12/23 15:33:43
    gogleer
    +9
    Yes he is black, Yes that is possibly how he achieved his position, but No it is not justification.
  • WannaBe... gogleer 2011/12/23 15:35:13
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    +5
    I believe you are correct. Thank you.
  • Diana gogleer 2011/12/23 19:05:56
    Diana
    I love it. So typical the "he or she is black and in a position higher than mine therefore affirmative action played a role." Get a life. No perhaps you should consider a career in public speaking to black kids , you can tell them to succeed but not too much or everyone will think you cheated. Smh.

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