Thursday, June 21, 2012
Nancy Knows Best
Yesterday the committee headed by Rep. Darrell Issa voted along strict party lines to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for his refusal to cooperate with investigations into his role in the Fast and Furious scandal. The White House complicated matters by jumping in front of Holder and shielding him behind Executive Privilege.
Most people took that to mean that the Obama Administration was protecting its own - that perhaps they knew more about Fast and Furious than they had previously admitted and allowing those documents to be made public would expose others within the administration, possibly even including the President himself.
The contempt of Congress vote was taken because no one is above the law, not even the President. And covering up administration involvement at any level in a program that resulted in the murder of two American border agents and an unknown number of Mexicans is reprehensible. Darrell Issa's committee seeks to uncover any wrongdoing and, in doing so, to provide justice to the families of the victims.
But House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, as usual, knows better. She says that the contempt vote was a political move that was intended to keep Holder from stopping "voter suppression." "Voter suppression" is most likely code for the Voter ID laws that could pass in some states prior to the 2012 presidential election. Which means that only racists would support such a move, since Voter ID laws target minorities and only Eric Holder stands between rampant racism and the gross injustice that would likely occur if the average voter had to meet the same qualifications as someone who would like to buy cigarettes, alcohol, or a plane ticket. (Wait, does that mean the TSA is racist too???)
Thanks, Nancy, but I think we'll just take this one at face value. The contempt citation is simply the result of Eric Holder's failure to serve the American people honestly. Brian Terry's family deserves more.