If the point of Nancy Pelosi’s recent attack on Republican efforts to bring Attorney General Eric Holder to justice was to get our collective goat, then bravo to her- she succeeded.
I have heard a lot of outrageous nonsense come from the left in recent years, but I have never heard an outright defense of such illegalities and an accompanying counterattack against those who dare question the Attorney General committing them.
In a statement Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi accused the GOP of mounting an unfair attack on Attorney General Eric Holder for holding him in contempt of Congress for his lack of cooperation in the investigation of Operation Fast and Furious, a gunwalking scheme that has fueled Mexican cartels with weapons and left an American border patrol agent, Brian Terry, dead.
In this statement, Pelosi claims that the GOP is attacking Holder for “doing his job” and with the true intention of- wait for it- suppressing voting! Hold on as Pelosi explains:
“What we have seen is a shameful display of abuse of power by the Republicans in the House of Representatives. Instead of bringing job-creating legislation to the floor, the transportation bill, they are holding the attorney general of the United States in contempt of Congress for doing his job. It’s really important to note how this is connected with some of their other decisions. It is no accident. It is no coincidence that the attorney general of the United States is the person responsible for making sure that voter suppression does not happen in our country, that issues that relate to the civil liberties of the American people are upheld.”
I’ll give you a moment to process the absurdity…
I will start by saying that I agree with Mrs. Pelosi in that we are witnessing a “shameful display of abuse of power.” But that she would accuse the GOP of this rather than the head of the justice department that pumped guns to the border and endangered American citizens is simply outrageous!
After posturing that Republicans are the problem with the lack of job creation, Pelosi then audaciously claimed that Congress is holding Holder in contempt for “doing his job”. I find it hard to believe that Holder’s job description entailed facilitating the murder of a law enforcement agent and running weapons to cartels while mounting a false-flag operation to justify stricter gun laws.
Beyond her run-of-the-mill lunacy, Pelosi ventured into all-out insanity as she claimed the purpose of the contempt charge by congress was to prevent the attorney general from stopping some nefarious scheme by the GOP to suppress votes.
If, indeed, the role of the attorney general is to guard against voter suppression, Holder is doing such a poor job, he should be fired (at the very least). Since his appointment, the American people have been calling upon Holder’s Justice Department to address the voter intimidation by members of the Black Panthers. After all, it was Holder’s justice department that dropped the case at the sentencing phase of the Black Panthers who intimidated voters. If this is the measure of Holder’s abilities to “do his job”, then he should have been fired years ago. Furthermore, if Pelosi is so concerned about the plight of democracy, then perhaps she should turn her attention to the very crook she is defending.
Pelosi ended the statement by saying,
“Don’t forget: They’re going after Eric Holder because he is supporting measures to overturn these voter suppression initiatives in the states. This is no accident. It is no coincidence. It is a plan on the part of the Republicans.”
Of course, this is not Pelosi’s only delusion this week. On Wednesday, as Congress pursued a contempt charge for Holder, Pelosi quipped:
“I could have arrested Karl Rove on any given day. I’m not kidding. There’s a prison here in the Capitol. If we had spotted him in the Capitol, we could have arrested him.”
She then continued on to say that the quest by Republicans to find justice for the family of Border Patrol Agent Brian terry was “strictly political” and said, “It’s just the irresponsibility of the Republicans. We want jobs. Why are they spending this time doing this?”
Overall, this would be a funny story if it weren’t so sad. Our elected representatives, regardless of political party, are duty-bound to represent our interests. Though we are not naïve enough to believe they will ever be completely above self-interest, the level at which government operates is sickening. We have a minority in Congress questioning why people are outraged at what very well may be outright treason, a justice department that will not lift a finger to provide untainted elections, but is more than willing to assist in mind-boggling illegalities, an attorney general stonewalling Congress who, quite rightfully, demands answers, and a president willing be complicit in all of it by harboring Holder under the cloak of executive privilege.
To sum it up: We all ought to be mad as hell