URGENT: Polarizing U.S. attorney general Eric Holder to exit

URGENT: Polarizing U.S. attorney general Eric Holder to exit

Outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
Outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. (From official DOJ portrait)

WASHINGTON, September 25, 2014 – Via ZeroHedge, we learned this morning that Eric Holder Jr., likely worst and most polarizing attorney general in United States history, is going to announce his resignation today.

ZeroHedge cites the reliably left-wing NPR for this information:

Two sources familiar with the decision tell NPR that Holder, 63, intends to leave the Justice Department as soon as his successor is confirmed, a process that could run through 2014 and even into next year. A former U.S. government official says Holder has been increasingly “adamant” about his desire to leave soon for fear that he otherwise could be locked in to stay for much of the rest of President Obama’s second term.

Surprisingly, the reliably leftist, publicly-funded NPR does note that his performance did not exactly get a pass from the public, observing that his “early glow faded in part due to the politicized nature of the job and in part because of Holder’s own rhetoric, such as a 2009 Black History Month speech where he said the country was ‘a nation of cowards’ when it comes to discussions about racial tension.”

It’s interesting to note that NPR blames, “at least in part,” the “politicized nature” of Holder’s position, an editorialization that’s patently untrue, as an AG is supposed to uphold the law as it is written and, more importantly, enforce that law with impartiality, something Holder never did, pushing the Obama administration’s blatantly racialist agenda.

NPR also fudges wildly when praising Holder for not enforcing established law, declaring “Holder most wants to be remembered for his record on civil rights: refusing to defend a law that defined marriage as between one man and one woman; suing North Carolina and Texas over voting restrictions that disproportionately affect minorities and the elderly; launching 20 investigations of abuses by local police departments; and using his bully pulpit to lobby Congress to reduce prison sentences for nonviolent drug crimes. Many of those sentences disproportionately hurt minority communities.”

In other words, instead of upholding established law written by Congress, Holder selectively refused to support or defend the Defense of Marriage Act; sued North Carolina and Texas for attempting to reign in traditional Democrat-led election fraud by demanding more rigorous identification of voters at the polls; launched racially instigated investigations of police departments whose leadership he didn’t like; and attempted to liberate minority criminals from well-deserved prison sentences due to alleged racism that automatically exonerated them for their crimes.

In the meantime, Holder practiced selective justice, steadfastly refused to prosecute the Black Panthers for their clear, blatant, and violent assaults and intimidation inflicted on voters in certain Philadelphia precincts.

NPR eventually does admit some of Holder’s more obvious flaws:

The attorney general’s portfolio, which spans sensitive law enforcement cases and hot-button social issues including marijuana and gay marriage, didn’t help. But even longtime aides say Holder didn’t do enough to help himself by shrugging off preparations and moot sessions before congressional appearances and speaking off the cuff — and obliquely.

Things hit a crisis point when the GOP-led House voted him in contempt for refusing to hand over documents about a gun trafficking scandal known as Fast and Furious. That represented the first time an attorney general had ever been rebuked that way, but still Holder held on to his job.

Not mentioned is Holder’s role in supporting the suppression and persecution of conservative and libertarian voters and organizations by the now thoroughly corrupt IRS. Clear evidence of DOJ complicity in some of these activities has surfaced this year, yet Holder’s DOJ systematically delays and stonewalls Congressional and FOIA inquiries demanding pertinent documentation on this issue.

Holder has also refused entirely to investigate and prosecute pro-Democrat financial bigwigs ranging from former Countrywide CEO Angelo Mozilo to wealthy former New Jersey senator and longtime big-money maven Jon Corzine. On the other hand, his U.S. prosecutor in Manhattan threw the book at Administration opponent Dinesh D’Souza, throwing the book at him for a petty and perhaps inadvertent violation of U. S. campaign rules and regulations—laws big city Democrats routinely ignore without legal fuss and without generating media scrutiny.

Speculation will run high on Holder’s successor. Should Harry Reid and his money machine manage to steal the Senate back in this November’s off-year elections, Holder’s successor will be rubber stamped no matter who puts up objections. Should the vastly outspent Republicans actually get lucky and take the Senate, however, the confirmation vote for Holder’s successor could get very sticky.

For this reason, it’s highly likely that the appointment has been discussed in the Administration’s backrooms for quite some time. The Administration almost certainly has its next AG candidate or candidates and will strive to get him (or her) nominated sooner rather than later. Likely, he’ll be touted as “good for business.” Business that supports Harry Reid’s Senate PAC, no doubt.

Even if the Reid mafia loses the Senate in November, Reid will still have more than enough votes to confirm any AG the Administration wants, just as long as the confirmation vote takes place during the current Congressional session. Thus, whatever the outcome of the elections, we’re likely to be facing another justice-hostile AG for the waning years of this most disastrous administration.

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Terry Ponick
Biographical Note: Dateline Award-winning music and theater critic for The Connection Newspapers and the Reston-Fairfax Times, Terry was the music critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2010) and online Communities (2010-2014). Since 2014, he has been the Business and Entertainment Editor for Communities Digital News (CDN). A former stockbroker and a writer and editor with many interests, he served as editor under contract from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and continues to write on science and business topics. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA, MA) and the University of South Carolina where he was awarded a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and co-founded one of the earliest Writing Labs in the country. Twitter: @terryp17