Coates: Obama appointee told me to stop pursuing race-neutral enforcement of Voting Rights Act

posted at 10:18 am on September 24, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

PJTV is broadcasting the testimony of Christopher Coates to the Civil Rights Commission live this morning, but they already have his opening statement available in PDF format at Pajamas Media.  It contains at least one bombshell, which is that Obama appointee Loretta King ordered Coates to stop asking applicants whether they supported race-neutral enforcement of the Voting Rights Act.  The question became necessary because of resistance in the Civil Rights division from career attorneys to enforce the law when it resulted in African-American defendants rather than victims, an attitude that Coates first encountered in the Bush era:

Opposition within the Voting Section was widespread to taking actions under the VRA on behalf of white voters in Noxubee County, MS, the jurisdiction in which Ike Brown was and is the Chairman of the local Democratic Executive Committee.  In 2003, white voters and candidates complained to the Voting Section that elections had been administered in a racially discriminatory manner and asked that federal observers be sent to the primary run-off elections.  Career attorneys in the Voting Section recommended that we not even go to Noxubee County for the primary run-off to do election coverage, but that opposition to going to Noxubee was overridden by the Bush Administration’s CRD Front Office.  I went on the coverage and while traveling to Mississippi, the Deputy Chief who was leading that election coverage asked me, “can you believe that we are going to Mississippi to protect white voters?”  What I observed on that election coverage was some of the most outrageous and blatant racially discriminatory behavior at the polls committed by Ike Brown and his allies that I have seen or had reported to me in my thirty-three plus years as a voting rights litigator.

Eventually, a judge agreed with Coates’ assessment after the Department of Justice won an injunction against Brown and the Democratic Executive Committee, which was held up on appeal.  That was the first time that the DoJ had pursued prosecution under the VRA against African-American defendants, and it rankled many within the CRD.  When Coates took over the division, he began asking in job interviews whether applicants could work on similar cases in the future, but got slapped down for it:

In the spring of 2009, Ms. King, who had by then been appointed Acting AAG for Civil Rights by the Obama Administration, called me to her office and specifically instructed me that I was not to ask any other applicants whether they would be willing to, in effect, race-neutrally enforce the VRA.  Ms. King took offense that I was asking such a question of job applicants and directed me not to ask it because she does not support equal enforcement of the provisions of the VRA and had been highly critical of the filing and prosecution of the Ike Brown case.

The American view of the rule of law is clear: laws are to be enforced equally on all people, and prosecutions should not be predicated on ethnicity or other biases.  The court ruled that Ike Brown broke the law.  If so, why wouldn’t Justice prosecute and enforce the VRA for all American citizens?

I will continue to read through Coates’ testimony and update the post as necessary, but this alone should create questions about the politicization of justice and at Justice in this administration.


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Jusitice has no blind fold. How can unequal laws and law enforcement produce equality?

petunia on September 24, 2010 at 10:21 AM

The court ruled that Ike Brown broke the law. If so, why wouldn’t Justice prosecute and enforce the VRA for all American citizens?

Uh…because reparations need to be made?

fossten on September 24, 2010 at 10:21 AM

The scam is falling apart. Everyone knew the payback scenario wouldn’t last.

Holder should be forced to resign.

tarpon on September 24, 2010 at 10:24 AM

Well, Holder may as well be forced out. Everyone else seems to leaving(except for Hillary ironically).

Doughboy on September 24, 2010 at 10:25 AM

Not so afraid after all.

faraway on September 24, 2010 at 10:25 AM

Oh yeah, baby! I knew he’d come through! Now watch the cockroaches scatter. Can’t wait till someone asks Gibbs about this.

a capella on September 24, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Ms. King took offense that I was asking such a question of job applicants and directed me not to ask it because she does not support equal enforcement of the provisions of the VRA and had been highly critical of the filing and prosecution of the Ike Brown case.

Holder has to go and the other activists that put their ideology before the law should have butt hitting pavement.

These actions by liberal activists trusted to enforce the law equally but instead do so based on race and politics is unforgivable.
this is an insult to the very nature of our democratic system that relies on the voice of the people to be heard through their votes.

Kick their a$$’s out.

Baxter Greene on September 24, 2010 at 10:27 AM

The chickens are coming home…to roost!

kingsjester on September 24, 2010 at 10:27 AM

The chickens are coming home…to roost!

kingsjester

I hope and pray that it is so, but “bombshells” have bombed before where these guys are concerned…

tree hugging sister on September 24, 2010 at 10:30 AM

Baxter Greene on September 24, 2010 at 10:27 AM…

Holder has to go and the other activists that put their ideology before the law should have butt hitting pavement.

These actions by liberal activists trusted to enforce the law equally but instead do so based on race and politics is unforgivable.
this is an insult to the very nature of our democratic system that relies on the voice of the people to be heard through their votes.

Kick their a$$’s out.

It goes right up to the President. Holder can go, but the cancer of racism remains at the top.

IronDioPriest on September 24, 2010 at 10:30 AM

When it comes to equal protection under the law, some of us are more equal than others.

rightside on September 24, 2010 at 10:30 AM

It is well past time to blow the lid off this corrupt administration. MLK would be appalled at what has become of his civil rights movement. Let not a man be judged by the color of his skin but by the content of his character, be damed!

glennbo on September 24, 2010 at 10:30 AM

I don’t envy Mr. Coates — the left will now attempt to destroy him.

American Elephant on September 24, 2010 at 10:31 AM

I told you so! I told you so!

Adams got his hands on the opening statement, and has a column up already!

http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/american-hero-coates-negates-a-year-of-justice-department-spin-on-new-black-panther-case/#comment-645174

I further predict: The Black Panther case is going to blow up into a national scandal despite the best efforts of the MSM to suppress it. It will shine a light on the corrupt and unethical policies of the Voting Section and Civil Rights Division, and it will result in the dismissals of King, Fernandez, Perez, Rosenbaum, and Perelli. The politicization of the entire Department by Holder will be revealed as well, and he will be forced out too.

novaculus on September 24, 2010 at 10:31 AM

When — I fervently hope — we have a Republican president in 2013, that person will need to fumigate DOJ, and purge every single Obama appointee. They are all rotten to the core.

jwolf on September 24, 2010 at 10:31 AM

I just looked at CNN, MSNBC, FOX and Drudge’s websites for info about this. Guess what. FOX was the only one that had it, and they didn’t even make it very prominent. On the other hand they all had huge pictures or banners about Steven Colbert testifying on Capital Hill.

WTF!!!!!!! Who the hell cares what Colbert has to say about farming and immigration?

tempestleo on September 24, 2010 at 10:31 AM

Coates is on C-SPAN now.

It’s appalling. Our DOJ–or Dept of (Social) Justice–has no interest in protecting white voters. It cares only for racial- and language-minorities.

It’s 2010. Minorities have every right to be outraged by voting rights violations, but so do whites.

Coates is now getting into the issue of suits relating to list maintenance in states.

The Obama-Holder DOJ is a rogue department.

BuckeyeSam on September 24, 2010 at 10:31 AM

This guy, Coates, is just an angry white man who now knows how it feels to be discriminated against.

/it’s what will be the spin on all the talk shows. Goes along ways to explaining why Colbert is on TV at the same time.

Skandia Recluse on September 24, 2010 at 10:32 AM

directed me not to ask it because she does not support equal enforcement of the provisions of the VRA and had been highly critical of the filing and prosecution of the Ike Brown case.

automatic dismissal for King…..oh wait

cmsinaz on September 24, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Still waiting to hear why the DOJ dismissed a case it had already won.

The race pimps are in control now, and if Holder leaves another equally as bigoted liberal will take his place. Clean house starting with the top floor.

Bishop on September 24, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Coates just said that eight states are in major non-compliance with list maintenance requirements for the 2010 election cycle.

Great.

BuckeyeSam on September 24, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Is Holder there?

ctmom on September 24, 2010 at 10:33 AM

I will continue to read through Coates’ testimony and update the post as necessary, but this alone should create questions about the racial politicization of justice and at Justice in this administration.

FIFY.

David2.0 on September 24, 2010 at 10:33 AM

I further predict: The Black Panther case is going to blow up into a national scandal despite the best efforts of the MSM to suppress it. It will shine a light on the corrupt and unethical policies of the Voting Section and Civil Rights Division, and it will result in the dismissals of King, Fernandez, Perez, Rosenbaum, and Perelli. The politicization of the entire Department by Holder will be revealed as well, and he will be forced out too.

novaculus on September 24, 2010 at 10:31 AM

Don’t forget Bob Shieffer who was on vacation when all this hoo haa was making the rounds…

glennbo on September 24, 2010 at 10:34 AM

but…but…Stephen Colbert is on Capital Hill today!!!

Justrand on September 24, 2010 at 10:35 AM

The media will cover and minimize

clnurnberg on September 24, 2010 at 10:35 AM

It’s appalling. Our DOJ–or Dept of (Social) Justice–has no interest in protecting white voters. It cares only for racial- and language-minorities.
BuckeyeSam on September 24, 2010 at 10:31 AM

It’s called racism. And seeing how Obama has never had anything good to say about his white family that raised him, but idolizes his black father that abandened him, is anyone really surprised.

tempestleo on September 24, 2010 at 10:35 AM

OT: Speaking of outrage, here’s CK claiming the RINOs have tamed the Tea Parties

In fact, the big political story of the year is the contrary: that a spontaneous and quite anarchic movement with no recognized leadership or discernible organization has been merged with such relative ease into the Republican Party.

faraway on September 24, 2010 at 10:35 AM

Where is the FB link?

journeyintothewhirlwind on September 24, 2010 at 10:35 AM

Coates is on C-SPAN now.

It’s appalling. Our DOJ–or Dept of (Social) Justice–has no interest in protecting white voters. It cares only for racial- and language-minorities…

BuckeyeSam on September 24, 2010 at 10:31 AM

When are these ‘white liberals’ ridden with ‘guilt’ going to wake up to what this clown and his posse are doing to this country? My God, I fear for my precious grandchildren!

lukespapa on September 24, 2010 at 10:36 AM

clnurnberg on September 24, 2010 at 10:35 AM

msm: *crickets chirping*

cmsinaz on September 24, 2010 at 10:36 AM

The Obama-Holder DOJ is a rogue department.

BuckeyeSam on September 24, 2010 at 10:31 AM

The entire Obama administration is rogue. It’s not just the DOJ.

Oldnuke on September 24, 2010 at 10:36 AM

The attitude of this Justice Department is old-hat around here. It is the attitude of “we are owed this” due to the blatant discrimination practices of 50+ years ago.

Funny how they don’t see the problem with a policy of ending discrimination of one race by discriminating against another.

MississippiMom on September 24, 2010 at 10:37 AM

“You wing dings, in the case of General Tsao vs. Chicken (1834) the court overwhelmingly agreed that demorats are allowed to be racists if they feel such action is for the common good.”

-crr6, perpetual law student

Bishop on September 24, 2010 at 10:37 AM

This is the rainbow monochrome coalition at it’s finest.

fourdeucer on September 24, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Based on Holder’s actions and a few others of note in the current Administration, I find the only real difference between Bamako (Ouagadougou, Kinshasha, or other Third World despot sinkhole) and DC seems to be the availability of running water.

There simply has to be a loud call for some serious investigations of this Administration.

How many unaccountable Czar’s?

How many political appointees ruling their departments as personal fiefdoms?

How many instances of clear violations of the law (the Black Panther case had already been concluded and was awaiting sentencing when DOJ said to drop it) and how many Americans having their rights violated (GM dealership owners come to mind) or faced with astronomical legal bills or forced into bankruptcy before we can find fault, establish guilt and render appropriate punishments for this merry band of thieves?

Just heard the DHS petered away $500 million for border control with nothing to show for it.

If what the Obama Administration is doing is called right, what is there left to be called wrong?

coldwarrior on September 24, 2010 at 10:38 AM

When are these ‘white liberals’ ridden with ‘guilt’ going to wake up to what this clown and his posse are doing to this country? My God, I fear for my precious grandchildren!

lukespapa on September 24, 2010 at 10:36 AM

More and more alarm clocks are going off every day. I doubt that any actual liberals are getting the message but there are a lot of people waking up around the country.

Oldnuke on September 24, 2010 at 10:38 AM

This is exactly what the Obama Administration doesn’t want, in part because it will shine a light on Ike Brown and the stuff he’s pulled over the years in Mississippi.

I hadn’t heard of Brown before this, despite living in Mississippi for 4 years during college in the late 90s / early 2000s, and what I’ve found out on him in the past 20 minutes since his name popped up in this article disgusts me.

Brown’s actions have the potential for a USSC case that will remove states like Mississippi from AG oversight under the Civil Rights Act.

teke184 on September 24, 2010 at 10:39 AM

on CSPAN there have been cut away shots showing the facial expressions of panel members; one listening to Coates testimony in stunned disbelief, another in disbelief changing to a belligerent determination to dismiss or discredit the testimony.

Skandia Recluse on September 24, 2010 at 10:39 AM

OK, I know I’m over thinking this but it looks to me like Reparations on steroids or something like that but it makes me wonder what they are thinking. If you hold whitey down, which is appears is the goal, how in the hell do you keep power? Keep it for a while and then hand it over to Hispanics?
This racial stuff completely manufactured by the Democrats is really bothering me and seems scarier to me than the Marxism at the top.

ORconservative on September 24, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Well David Duke is probably needing a running mate. Whadda ya say Eric? Like minds and all. They’ll love what you got to say in the meetings just keep your hood on ;)

onomo on September 24, 2010 at 10:41 AM

He’s talking about Perry County, Alabama, at the moment. I was in Perry County (a GOP rep) and voter intimidation and vote-fraud is a constant problem there.

The County is about 68% black and the local thugs know that the people in Montgomery are scared to death of being labeled “racist” and so some political factions act without fear of being called on the carpet.

mankai on September 24, 2010 at 10:43 AM

“You wing dings, in the case of General Tsao vs. Chicken (1834) the court overwhelmingly agreed that demorats are allowed to be racists if they feel such action is for the common good.”

-crr6, perpetual law student

Bishop on September 24, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Stacked liberal court no doubt. The chicken didn’t stand a chance.

darwin on September 24, 2010 at 10:44 AM

Looks like Lady Justice is peeking under her blindfold…

right2bright on September 24, 2010 at 10:44 AM

If what the Obama Administration is doing is called right, what is there left to be called wrong?

coldwarrior on September 24, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Perfect question.

fourdeucer on September 24, 2010 at 10:45 AM

Coates is now answering questions.

BuckeyeSam on September 24, 2010 at 10:46 AM

When — I fervently hope — we have a Republican president in 2013, that person will need to fumigate DOJ, and purge every single Obama appointee. They are all rotten to the core.

jwolf on September 24, 2010 at 10:31 AM

Jwolf – re-read the story. The person riding with him down to MS who didn’t want to handle the case, was during the Bush administration. The problem was that those that WANTED to join the DOJ race division were racist and black advocates only. So when he became boss, he was interviewing to make sure that they would be race neutral on the job. All was well under the Bush admin with him at the helm. Then the new Obama/Holder appointee has told him to end that practice. They now WANT racist individuals in the DOJ.

barnone on September 24, 2010 at 10:46 AM

Christopher Coates is a U.S. Justice Department official and former ACLU lawyer.

ACLU guy… hmmmmmmm….

mankai on September 24, 2010 at 10:46 AM

Thurgood Marshall Award from the GA NAACP… GA Environmental association award… ACLU… Clinton appointee… Civil Rights Division Award… a career representing minorities.

He’ll still get crucified as a racist.

mankai on September 24, 2010 at 10:49 AM

Now I know what Holder meant when he said that we are “a nation of cowards”. He was talking about himself, his boss, their friends, and their colleagues.

shanimal on September 24, 2010 at 10:49 AM

Coates is being asked questions about his background that gives him the opportunity to show his longstanding even-handedness and he excellence in performance.

He’s represented minorities in all his matters in 13 years at DOJ except an “Ike Brown” case mentioned in Ed’s post and the Black Panther case.

He’s a very credible and compelling witness.

The Obama administration should have some explaining to do.

BuckeyeSam on September 24, 2010 at 10:50 AM

Holder is the epitome of incompetence in the most incompetent administration in our history. Period.

volsense on September 24, 2010 at 10:50 AM

Obvious – they look at the VRA as a way to protect blacks, rather than a way to protect everyone. So, when blacks are finally being recognized as just as “r@cist” as “everyone else”, well, “we have a problem here” and they have to fix it so they aren’t prosecuted.

Same thing will happen with affirmative action – the time will come when “minorities” outnumber “whites”, so then whites should come under affirmative action then? Not so fast, affirmative action was for “minorities”, “not you, paleface.”

Saltyron on September 24, 2010 at 10:51 AM

Seems like this is the missing chapter of the civil rights story.

PattyJ on September 24, 2010 at 10:52 AM

a capella on September 24, 2010 at 10:26 AM

You were right!

Gang-of-One on September 24, 2010 at 10:53 AM

You don’t understand Ed. We’re talking about “Social Justice”. That means if you are WHITE, you are GUILTY.

See how simple that is? Given the current SIMPLE people in the current administration, it fits right in.

GarandFan on September 24, 2010 at 10:53 AM

On another note, looks like Holder is going to get his ‘discussion on race’……..and he ain’t gonna like it.

GarandFan on September 24, 2010 at 10:53 AM

Who is the current inquisitor?

mankai on September 24, 2010 at 10:54 AM

COMMERCE CLAUSE!!!!!

or something…

BigWyo on September 24, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Oops.

Heh.

That’s all I got.

;)

Cheers and God Bless America and Mr. Coates.

E T Cartman on September 24, 2010 at 10:55 AM

The New Black Panthers case is a living, breathing case that was just reinterpreted.

mankai on September 24, 2010 at 10:56 AM

On another note, looks like Holder is going to get his ‘discussion on race’……..and he ain’t gonna like it.

GarandFan on September 24, 2010 at 10:53 AM

Coates is just “acting stupidly.’/

tessa on September 24, 2010 at 10:57 AM

OBAMA: I haven’t seen his testimony, but I think it’s apparent that the Cambridge Police DoJ under the Bush administration acted stupidly.

ADVISOR: [whisper] this happened in your administration

OBAMA: What I meant to say is that it’s apparent that the Cambridge Police DoJ under the Bush administration attorney, Coates, acted stupidly.

Chris of Rights on September 24, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Resign now, Holder!

pilamaye on September 24, 2010 at 10:58 AM

This is what we get for not exposing all this “white oppressor” nonsense that’s being taught all over this country. I hope someone will be brave enough to do it.

faraway on September 24, 2010 at 10:59 AM

OT: Speaking of outrage, here’s CK claiming the RINOs have tamed the Tea Parties

In fact, the big political story of the year is the contrary: that a spontaneous and quite anarchic movement with no recognized leadership or discernible organization has been merged with such relative ease into the Republican Party.

faraway on September 24, 2010 at 10:35 AM

CK is paddling against the current that is carrying him inexorably toward the falls. He hears the roar of the rapids but refuses to look.

Extrafishy on September 24, 2010 at 10:59 AM

“Mr. Coates, have you stopped hating Black people and have you resigned from the Klan as of today? If not do you plan on resigning in the near future?”

mankai on September 24, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Certainly puts the lie to Scooter’s post racial posturing.

a capella on September 24, 2010 at 11:03 AM

On another note, looks like Holder is going to get his ‘discussion on race’……..and he ain’t gonna like it.

GarandFan on September 24, 2010 at 10:53 AM

What kind of beer do you like, Coates? Never mind…all we have is Obama bock.

Extrafishy on September 24, 2010 at 11:03 AM

They are asking follow up questions now, but Coates’ testimony was absolutely riveting. He has some limits on what he can say, but what Coates is saying is scathing and damaging to this renegade Department of Injustice.

marybel on September 24, 2010 at 11:04 AM

I wonder how much the coming red wave and the impending likelihood of the repubs taking the house (Issa – subpoena power) had to do with Coates decision to testify? He must have figured this was a good time to get in front of it all. Still very brave.

Firefly_76 on September 24, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Bammie and Holder and the rest of the thugs really do see this as a kind of ‘reparations’. It’s true that these kinds of things were done to blacks for many years throughout our history. Now that they are in power, rather than enforce the law, they want reparations, more appropriately labeled revenge.

This is also why in the gerrymandered safe-democratic districts, crooks like Conyer, Johnson, Hastings, etc, can be elected forever though they are obviously corrupt. They are just ‘getting even with the white man’.

slickwillie2001 on September 24, 2010 at 11:05 AM

This is what we get for not exposing all this “white oppressor” nonsense that’s being taught all over this country. I hope someone will be brave enough to do it.

faraway on September 24, 2010 at 10:59 AM

In previous times brave men stood up against injustice and tyranny at the risk of losing their very lives. Today, people are afraid of being called “bigot” by liars and would be tyrants thus empowering them beyond their wildest dreams.

clnurnberg on September 24, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Let’s give obama a reason to fire Holder.

the_nile on September 24, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Chris Coates is telling it all brother…I hope he has hired personal security…

d1carter on September 24, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Let’s give obama a reason to fire Holder.

the_nile on September 24, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Our reason to fire, is his reason to hire…

right2bright on September 24, 2010 at 11:06 AM

On May 29, 2009, the Department of Justice ordered the suit dropped against the advice of prosecutors who had worked on the case and shortly after the New Black Panther leaders name, Malik Zulu Shabazz, appeared in the White House visitors log.

hmmmmmm….

mankai on September 24, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Nothing to see here…move along…..

portlandon on September 24, 2010 at 11:08 AM

I agree, marybel. They gave him a chance to prove beyond a doubt what a good witness he is for this testimony. The things he’s said so far…some of them…have been really damaging for the DoJ. This is some good stuff! The questions are pointed, and the idea from yesterday’s post is true: they seem to feel free to not limit questioning and are going for the throat, so to speak. I’m liking it!

Highlar on September 24, 2010 at 11:10 AM

There are no questions to raise, only resignations to demand, and a criminal investigation to proceed.
Randy

williars on September 24, 2010 at 11:10 AM

The timing today is perfect for Rush. here’s hoping he jumps on this with both feet. Same for Beck.

a capella on September 24, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Baxter Greene on September 24, 2010 at 10:27 AM

Impeach.

This Congress won’t do it, but the next …

OT: Speaking of outrage, here’s CK claiming the RINOs have tamed the Tea Parties

That’s not how it sounds to me.

The Tea Party could have become Perot ’92, an anti-government movement that spurned the Republicans, went third-party and cost George H.W. Bush reelection, ending 12 years of Republican rule. Had the Tea Party gone that route, it would have drained the Republican Party of its most mobilized supporters and deprived Republicans of the sweeping victory that awaits them on Nov. 2.

Instead, it planted its flag within the party and, with its remarkable energy, created the enthusiasm gap. Such gaps are measurable. This one is a chasm. This year’s turnout for the Democratic primaries (as a percentage of eligible voters) was the lowest ever recorded. Republican turnout was the highest since 1970.

True, Christine O’Donnell’s nomination in Delaware may cost the Republicans an otherwise safe seat (and possibly control of the Senate), and Sharron Angle in Nevada is running only neck-and-neck with an unpopular Harry Reid. On balance, however, the Tea Party contribution is a large net plus, with its support for such strong candidates as Marco Rubio of Florida, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Joe Miller of Alaska, Mike Lee of Utah. Even Rand Paul, he of the shaky start in Kentucky, sports an eight-point lead. All this in addition to the significant Tea Party contribution to the tide that will carry dozens of Republicans into the House.

LarryD on September 24, 2010 at 11:11 AM

This thing he’s saying about his powers being stripped away from him to, as a director, to choose which of his lawyers were to be put in to which cases (when he has such an exemplary civil rights history as a lawyer himself) is just disgusting.

Highlar on September 24, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Ooohhh… I think that’s a strong implication there that politics played a major role in those diminishing powers, too!

Highlar on September 24, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Bureaucrats doing what they do best, talk, produce papers, talk about the papers they have produced, argue over the relevance of those papers, argue over who produced those papers, argue over what was intended when those papers were produced…..

and nothing changes. There will be more meetings tomorrow.

Skandia Recluse on September 24, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Goodbye Ms. King, hope you enjoyed your politically connected job.

WordsMatter on September 24, 2010 at 11:14 AM

If you racists hadn’t banned me, I would kick every one your asses on this obviously racist thread.

/s (just in case)

/The Race Card

Gang-of-One on September 24, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Now I understand why Colbert is pulling his stunt today.

ctmom on September 24, 2010 at 11:15 AM

CK = Team player in the Ruling Class !

Sandybourne on September 24, 2010 at 11:16 AM

Looks like Lady Justice is peeking under her blindfold…

right2bright on September 24, 2010 at 10:44 AM

Holder and company are lifting the blindfold.

What we have here,b etween Adams and Coates, is credible evidence of conspiracy to obstruct justice, obstruction of justice, conspiracy to conceal obstruction of justice, and perjury in furtherance of the conspiracy to obstruct justice, all felonies.

novaculus on September 24, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Skandia Recluse on September 24, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Perhaps not in this case. Obama has to respond to this. He can’t ignore it right now before midterms.

a capella on September 24, 2010 at 11:18 AM

He’s being questioned by a white Dem (Ganziano?), who seems very upset about the “hostility” show the race-neutral enforcement of the law. He seems to be drawing a big red circle around the conduct of the political appointees. This seems pretty damning when the Dems on the commission are p*ssed.

BuckeyeSam on September 24, 2010 at 11:18 AM

OT: Speaking of outrage, here’s CK claiming the RINOs have tamed the Tea Parties

In fact, the big political story of the year is the contrary: that a spontaneous and quite anarchic movement with no recognized leadership or discernible organization has been merged with such relative ease into the Republican Party.

faraway on September 24, 2010 at 10:35 AM

CK is paddling against the current that is carrying him inexorably toward the falls. He hears the roar of the rapids but refuses to look.

Extrafishy on September 24, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Extrafishy and faraway, here is what I said over at the Wapo:

You go ahead and keep telling yourself that, Mr Krauthammer, but do so at your own peril.

mkm19602000 on September 24, 2010 at 11:19 AM

When I was in Perry County (Alabama), the “voting booth” was a table with torn cardboard boxes splitting the table top into 6 sections. You would sit down with somebody standing just a few feet away who could see your ballot. You then took your ballot to a table to enter your vote.

Not having the right amount of melanin in my skin, I had some doubt as to whether my ballot would ever see the light of day.

mankai on September 24, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Yeah, I think what Coates is saying here is something Obama is going to HAVE to respond to. This testimony…from this witness (with his credentials) is not something that can just be ignored with how damaging it is.

Highlar on September 24, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Sorta reminds me of the Johnny Sutton DOJ – Let’s be sure not to prosecute the bad guys!

The whole department is a contradiction in terms and needs a serious power-washing.

Tim_CA on September 24, 2010 at 11:20 AM

I agreee, Buckeye Sam. He really did seem pissed, and I think you could tell that he was NOT happy with the answer Coates gave. Not that he was upset with the answer, but that he was upset with the fact that Coates had not been contacted at all.

Highlar on September 24, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Chris Coates is a courageous man with great character…as opposed to Colbert testifying “in character”….

d1carter on September 24, 2010 at 11:22 AM

Narutoboy wrecks this thread in 5… 4… 3…

Akzed on September 24, 2010 at 11:22 AM

Now I understand why Colbert is pulling his stunt today.

ctmom on September 24, 2010 at 11:15 AM

I hate it when I miss these things.

faraway on September 24, 2010 at 11:23 AM

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