“You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately . . . Depart, I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!”
The more Attorney General Eric Holder proved contradictory in his recent statements about his knowledge of Fast and Furious, the more I expected that at some point, to save his tenure, he would play the race card. Apparently, he just has.
Now, in extremis, when a growing chorus wants him gone, we get this from Holder about his legislative critics: “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.”
What would have happened had John Ashcroft shown dismay at the furor directed at him from the liberal community by suggesting he was a surrogate target of George Bush, given their common racial identity? And would the logical antithesis of Holder’s charge be that congressional investigative bodies should not, given Holder’s racial identity, be outraged that a branch of the Department of Justice was selling automatic weapons to Mexican drug cartels that led to the death of several, among them U.S. agents, and should not worry that it cannot get a consistent, logical, and candid explanation from the Attorney General?