COMMENTARY | You have to hand it to Attorney General Eric Holder. He handles outrageous outrage pretty well, albeit tinged with just a little schoolyard bully menace. That is all designed to cover up some distinctly lawless behavior.
First, there was the heated exchange Holder had with Rep. Louis Gohmert, R-Texas when the latter implied that he regarded contempt of Congress with unbecoming casualness. “You don’t want to go there, buddy!” he snarled. Actually since Holder has been in contempt of Congress for the past couple of years over the Fast and Furious gun walking scandal, it would seem that we’re already there.
Then Holder went before Al Sharpton’s National Action Network and pretty much played the race card, complaining how no other attorney general in history had ever been treated so, nor any president. The ghosts of John Mitchell and Richard Nixon must have both raised eyebrows at that one.
The problem is that while Mitchell and Nixon were certain guilty of various crimes surrounding Watergate, Holder and Obama do not hold themselves to the same accountability when it comes to the various scandals that surround the current administration. Holder was actually affronted when a member of Congress tried to call him on his obfuscations.
There is sadly not much that can be done until 2017, sadly. Most of the media is still in the tank for this administration. There are no Woodwards and Bernsteins doggedly pursuing the Obama administration, outside of course Fox News and a few other media outlets. There will be no independent counsel appointed to look into the matter. Holder is in the position that he can investigate himself. One can just imagine the enthusiasm with which he will follow that task.
In the meantime we have two and a half years more of this kind of behavior, possibly magnified if the Republicans take the Senate and add its investigation powers to that of the House. At the very least enough evidence will be garnered so that the next attorney general can start cleaning up the mess.