When Bill Clinton took office, he promptly fired all 93 US attorneys, as was his right. They are political appointees.
When Bush fired eight, late in his term, the Democrats ginned up scandal, aghast at Bush and his AG, Alberto Gonzales, for politicizing the political appointments. (In fact, two were retiring anyway, another was fired for insubordination.)
Now we have Fast and Furious and the scandal…what scandal?
Charlie Savageâ€™s newest piece at The New York Times is, as my friend Sean Arthur on Twitter says, a shameless PR drivel and allows Mr. Holder to make ludicrous statements without challenge and pulls the race card. The New York Times and Charlie Savage are really going to do this after all the articles they published during Attorney General Alberto Gonzales scandals? Give me a break.
The hypocrisy at The New York Times is too much to take. Iâ€™ve read The New York Times articles on Mr. Gonzales over and over. I never once saw an article that was sympathetic to Mr. Gonzales. My favorite piece is an editorial titled, â€œWhy This Scandal Matters.â€ What a great title! The Times covered every single detail in the Gonzales â€œscandalâ€ someone had to write an editorial to justify it. You could fit the first paragraph with Operation Fast and Furious. [Bold my emphasis.]
It (the administration) has offered up implausible excuses, hidden the most damaging evidence and feigned memory lapses, while hoping that the publicâ€™s attention moves on. But this scandal is too important for the public or Congress to move on. This story should not end until Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is gone, and the serious damage that has been done to the Justice Department is repaired.
This â€œscandalâ€ involved the firing of eight US Attorneys. No one died. Not a single person. Three hundred-plus Mexicans have died because of Operation Fast and Furious. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered with a gun from the operation on American soil. I wonder if The New York Times and Mr. Savage could explain to me why Mr. Gonzalesâ€™s scandal mattered and Fast and Furious does not?
The best part, though, was Mr. Holder taking a jab at people like Sharyl Attkisson, Cam Edwards, Katie Pavlich, Matthew Boyle, and myself. [Bold my emphasis.]
But Mr. Holder contended that many of his other critics â€” not only elected Republicans but also a broader universe of conservative commentators and bloggers â€” were instead playing â€œWashington gotchaâ€ games, portraying them as frequently â€œconflating things, conveniently leaving some stuff out, construing things to make it seem not quite what it wasâ€ to paint him and other department figures in the worst possible light.
Of that group of critics, Mr. Holder said he believed that a few â€” the â€œmore extreme segmentâ€ â€” were motivated by animus against Mr. Obama and that he served as a stand-in for him. â€œThis is a way to get at the president because of the way I can be identified with him,â€ he said, â€œboth due to the nature of our relationship and, you know, the fact that weâ€™re both African-American.â€
Conflating things? How do we â€œconflate thingsâ€ when we provide the documents PROVING our points? Plus if we are leaving out things itâ€™s because Mr. Holder and the Department of Justice arenâ€™t providing us with all the details.
This is what angers me the most. Basically Mr. Holder says that people like Ms. Attkisson, Mr. Edwards, Mr. Boyle, Ms. Pavlich, and I are staying on top of Operation Fast and Furious and asking you questions is because weâ€™re racist? Letâ€™s return to the Times editorial â€œWhy This Scandal Mattersâ€ shall we? Whoever wrote this editorial (I cannot find the author) said, as I stated above, â€œThis story should not end until Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is gone, and the serious damage that has been done to the Justice Department is repaired.â€
So was The New York Times being racist? After all, Mr. Gonzales is Hispanic. Think about it Mr. Savage and Mr. Holder.
How about members of the Congressional Black Caucus Mr. Holder and Mr. Savage? As Mr. Boyle and Michelle Fields report the feeling in the caucus is that the congressional investigation is warranted. So do they feel this way because Mr. Holder is an African American? Are they racists against their own race?