NY Times: Holder Won’t Leave Because That Might Embolden Obama’s Critics

What this all shows is that Obama and his top people are more concerned with politics than doing what is right. The original headline, per the URL and the webpage header was “Goals to fulfill and foes to foil keep Holder going, changed to

Seeking a Fresh Start, Holder Finds a Fresh Set of Troubles

Over the course of four and a half years, no other member of President Obama’s cabinet has been at the center of so many polarizing episodes or the target of so much criticism. While the White House publicly backed Mr. Holder as he tried to smooth over the latest uproar amid new speculation about his future, some in the West Wing privately tell associates they wish he would step down, viewing him as politically maladroit. But the latest attacks may stiffen the administration’s resistance in the near term to a change for fear of emboldening critics.

The White House views the attacks on Mr. Holder as a “political agenda” and “would not hasten the departure of someone who’s competent and runs the department and is a friend because there’s a drumbeat,” said William M. Daley, a former White House chief of staff under Mr. Obama. “Whoever Barack Obama puts in there, these people will try to drumbeat him out of there, no matter what.”

Well, if they run guns to Mexico and the program results in the deaths of American and Mexican citizens, well, yes, we would try and run him out.

If he intentionally targets members of the media in a manner beyond anything ever done, then lies about it, yeah.

If his department says that people who criticize Islam, engaging in Free Speech, can be charged with “civil rights violations”, yeah.

When he and his department attempt cover ups on multiple fronts, including Fast and Furious, voter fraud, prosecutorial misconduct, when he is found in contempt of Congress, when he doesn’t seem to bother with the Constitution, and when he doesn’t seem to know anything that is going on, well, yeah.

But that does not mitigate the frustration of some presidential aides. “The White House is apoplectic about him, and has been for a long time,” said a Democratic former government official who did not want to be identified while talking about friends.

Some advisers to Mr. Obama believe that Mr. Holder does not manage or foresee problems, the former official said. “How hard would it be to anticipate that The A.P. would be unhappy?” the former official said. “And then they haven’t defended their position.”

Oh, but they have defended the position, in the same way that the other administration officials had, by claiming ignorance and uninvolvement. It’s what Mark Steyn calls the “Lois Lerner Defense“. Mark writes that you should try it with the IRS if they come calling. Better yet, try it with your boss if you’re ever called on the carpet, or even just asked to provide some information. “I don’t know“. “I can’t recall”. “I don’t have that information”. “I’m not sure”. “I was not the person involved”. And then consider that this is the person in charge of the entire Department Of Justice.

Under his leadership, the department scaled back a voter-intimidation lawsuit from the Bush era involving the New Black Panther Party, a decision that conservatives used to portray the black-nationalist fringe group as a political ally of the Obama administration. He reopened criminal investigations into the Central Intelligence Agency’s interrogations of terrorism suspects and tried to prosecute five men accused of plotting the Sept. 11 attacks in civilian courts rather than military tribunals, which provoked accusations that he was soft on terrorism. And he abandoned the legal defense of a law barring federal recognition of same-sex marriage that social conservatives viewed as a bulwark against attacks on the traditional family.

Despite the NY Times writers putting it in an anti-conservative manner, Holder is the Attorney General, and has certain duties, of which the above shows a profound lack of caring about The Law. Fortunately, you know, raaaaacism, per the comments

psk – From main-stream to lame-stream to blame-stream: how the American media (and certain members of Congress) refuse to respect African-American leaders and/or give them the benefit of the doubt.

Liberals are more concerned with politics and political power than with a trustworthy government that follows the law and Constitution, so find ways to change the topic.

That all said, keeping Holder around “emboldens Obama’s critics” even more than getting rid of him. Obama could choose to bring in a new AG who’s interested in following the law and Constitution.

Crossed at Pirate’s Cove. Follow me on Twitter @WilliamTeach.

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