With all due respect, of course, to the retiring (though he’s anything but) Attorney General of the United States:
In an interview with MSNBC’s Joy Reid in a replica of the bus Rosa Parks rode, Attorney General Eric Holder discussed the lack of respect shown by his political opponents and if a white attorney general would receive the same treatment as him.
“I can’t look into the hearts and minds of people who have been, perhaps, my harshest critics,” Holder said. “I think a large part of the criticism is political in nature. Whether there is a racial component or not, you know, I don’t know.”
“Do you feel you’ve been especially disrespected as attorney general?” Reid asked Holder.
“I think it’s unfortunately part of Washington in 2014,” Holder said. “I would hope that my successor would not have to endure some of the thing is did. I say endure only because I think I’ve shown respect where, perhaps, I haven’t been given any.”
Holder said there have been times when he “wanted to just snap back” and “be a lot more aggressive.”
“There are times when I’ve wanted to just snap back,” Attorney General Holder said. “There are occasions when I have. But there have been frequently more times when I’ve wanted to, you know, be a lot more aggressive in the responses that I’ve made.”
Ask John Ashcroft how it felt to be Attorney General, when almost no Democrats supported his initial appointment. Ask Alberto Gonzalez, who also got no love from the Dems, despite being the first Latino AG—indeed the highest Latino in US government to that date (just as Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice had been the first black and female Secys of State respectively). Talk about your war on women, blacks, and Hispanics!
Let’s take a look at a little bit of Eric Holder not snapping back.
Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards.
Ever wonder why, Eric (the Red)?
“I want to be clear: Any instance of so-called ‘gun walking’ is unacceptable,” Holder said of weapons smuggling, later adding: “This operation was flawed in its concept, and flawed in its execution.”
No [bleep], Sherlock.
“You constantly hear about voter fraud … but you don’t see huge amounts of vote fraud out there,’’ Holder said.
J-u-u-u-st enough, I would say:
Attorney General Eric Holder finally got fed up Tuesday with claims that the Justice Department went easy in a voting rights case against members of the New Black Panther Party because they are African American.
“When you compare what people endured in the South in the 60s to try to get the right to vote for African Americans, and to compare what people were subjected to there to what happened in Philadelphia—which was inappropriate, certainly that…to describe it in those terms I think does a great disservice to people who put their lives on the line, who risked all, for my people,” said Holder, who is black.
“To compare that kind of courage, that kind of action, and to say that the Black Panther incident wrong thought it might be somehow is greater in magnitude or is of greater concern to us, historically, I think just flies in the face of history and the facts.”
“The reality is that we will be reading Miranda rights to the corpse of Osama Bin Laden – he will never appear in an American courtroom,” the nation’s chief enforcement officer told a stunned House hearing.
No argument from me. But isn’t that the same kind of talk that got Bush labeled a “cowboy”?
President Barack Obama predicted that professed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will be convicted and executed as Attorney General Eric Holder proclaimed: “Failure is not an option.”
Even if a terror trial suspect were acquitted, Holder said, he would not be released in the United States.
In one of a series of TV interviews during his trip to Asia, Obama said those offended by the legal privileges given to Mohammed by virtue of getting a civilian trial rather than a military tribunal won’t find it “offensive at all when he’s convicted and when the death penalty is applied to him.”
Obama quickly added that he did not mean to suggest he was prejudging the outcome of Mohammed’s trial. “I’m not going to be in that courtroom,” he said. “That’s the job of the prosecutors, the judge and the jury.”
In interviews broadcast on NBC and CNN Wednesday, the president also said that experienced prosecutors in the case who specialize in terrorism have offered assurances that “we’ll convict this person with the evidence they’ve got, going through our system.”
Holder sought to explain his prosecutorial strategy Wednesday to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where lawmakers questioned him along largely partisan lines over his decision last week to send Mohammed and four alleged henchmen from a detention center at Guantanamo Bay to New York to face a civilian federal trial in New York.
Asked what might happen if the suspects are acquitted, Holder replied: “Failure is not an option. These are cases that have to be won. I don’t expect that we will have a contrary result.”
That’s the President of the United States and the Attorney General prejudging (literally) a civilian trial. Saddam Hussein couldn’t have done better. Homosexuals in Iran are more likely to get off. (Wipe that smirk off your face, you know what I mean.)
So, farewell, then, Eric Holder. Good riddance to bad rubbish. When you finally leave, that is.