Eric Holder is not John Mitchell breaking the law with abandon nor is he Janet Reno who allowed rules of engagement that led to the deaths of many innocent people at Waco nor is he Alberto Gonzalez who signed off on torture.
What Eric Holder is, quite frankly, is incompetent and ineffectual. He has reached a point (perhaps he was always at this point) where he can no longer do his job. He is the living embodiment of the Peter Principle – he has reached his dream position which also happens to be the job he cannot do properly and he is now stuck there.
One area he has shown a fervor for is in enforcing the Patriot Act, taking a very wide latitude on what exact powers this gives him.
Some problems with Eric Holder….
1.) Said banks were too big to prosecute
2.) helped negotiate a weakened mortgage settlement for those victimized by predatory banks and home loan companies
3.) Backpedaled on closing Gitmo and civilian trials for detainees
4.) Signed off on the legality of drone strikes which are not surgical at all and kill innocent people further isolating America from civilization
5.) Clamped down on whistleblowers, those revealing illegal and criminal action in government
6.) Clamped down on medicinal marijuana as hard as the previous Republican administration and has continued the mistaken war on drugs.
7.) Signed off on warrants for wiretaps and e-mail searches on journalists
The last one is important because it now appears he may have committed perjury as he first denied knowledge of this. Perjury, by itself, is a good enough reason for Eric Holder to go.
I haven’t mentioned Fast and Furious because like Benghazi I consider it a bogus scandal, something that occurred at a local level and the appropriate heads have already rolled. However, when combined with all his other scandals, it doesn’t look good.
I look at Holder as he testifies on Capitol Hill his head in his hands, a miserable tired expression on his face, his voice slow and whiny as he tries to answer back Republicans seeking to score political points and I just don’t see him as the man for the job anymore (if he ever was).
Janet Reno firmly refused to take blames she was responsible for and hung on for all eight years of the Clinton administration. Holder doesn’t have that force of will nor assuredness. He is a showhorse only with no real accomplishments kind of like his boss, the president, but without his boss’s deft touch with journalists and in public speaking. They say President Obama might not want to fire him because it would be hard to fill the spot with someone Republicans wouldn’t filibuster. That is hardly a good reason.
If you can’t help, get out of the way. Eric Holder needs to get out of the way and resign as Attorney General of the United States so someone with principles and leaderships skill can come in and do something about the very really problems facing the US Justice system and how it behaves in combat as well.