Holder doesn’t know the difference between weeks and months

posted at 2:40 pm on December 8, 2011 by Tina Korbe

The first half of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today was just as lively as expected. Democrats on the Committee attempted to hijack the hearing, questioning Eric Holder about obscure and unrelated issues, while Republicans piercingly queried the AG about Fast and Furious.

Not surprisingly, Holder cleaved to insubstantial excuses for both his purported ignorance of the program and his misstatements at past congressional hearings. At one point, for example, he insisted he was telling the truth when he testified earlier this year that he first found out about Fast and Furious “a few weeks” prior to his congressional testimony of  May 3. Today, Holder acknowledged he learned of Fast and Furious sometime in February — but claimed 10 to 12 weeks could easily be encompassed in the expression “a few weeks.”

Does Holder know the difference between weeks and months? Does he know “a few” commonly refers to “three”?

Another deeply ironic moment came in the last minutes before the Committee recessed.

Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah delivered an efficient and effective line of questioning to Holder, asking whether he spoke at any point about Fast and Furious to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or President Barack Obama. Holder’s answers: No, no and … I don’t think so. He doesn’t even know whether he spoke to the president about a scandalously stupid and ultimately lethal program? Inexcusable.

As Chaffetz continued to grill Holder, an exasperated AG resorted to admonishing the Congressman.

“You need to understand something about the way Washington works,” Holder told Chaffetz, to snickering from the Democrats on the Committee.

Really? How about Washington changes the way it works, so as to not authorize or inadvertently ignore a program that endangers lives in two countries, exacerbates a drug war we’re trying to fight and weakens relations with Mexico? How about a Washington rid of blatant incompetence and troubling corruption? A couple of suggestions to start: (1) The Attorney General could begin to read his memos and (2) He could stop punishing whistleblowers.

OR, how about a Washington rid of Rep. Judy Chu, who, at today’s hearing, actually applauded Holder for his work in support of voters’ rights? Can you say “New Black Panther Party intimidation case”?

The second half of the hearing promises to be as interesting as the first, but, unfortunately, nothing the AG can say — or the GOPers on the Senate Judiciary Committee can ask — change this troubling truth: F&F has already resulted in the loss of lives — and will likely result in the loss of more, as even Holder himself admitted today.


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Isn’t it right and wrong that causes him to get flustered?

tarpon on December 8, 2011 at 2:44 PM

Apparently he also don’t know the difference between lying and misleading either

Kini on December 8, 2011 at 2:45 PM

It is time for Holder to go..past time..:)

Dire Straits on December 8, 2011 at 2:45 PM

(3) Resign

But that would require an acceptance of a connection between actions and results, something Holder, Obama, and the rest of the far left are willfully incapable of doing.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on December 8, 2011 at 2:46 PM

I’ll be surprised if this whole Operation wasn’t Obama’s brain-child.

Mord on December 8, 2011 at 2:47 PM

““You need to understand something about the way Washington works,” Holder told Chaffetz, to snickering from the Democrats on the Committee.”

Start the impeachment hearings…

… let’s see how Washington works.

Seven Percent Solution on December 8, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Mr. Holder, MS Office has a calendar feature. It is right there next to the email. In fact, you can check when you check your email messages and your memos…

Oh wait.

Lily on December 8, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Gotta hand it to those Democrats. They’re gonna cover for this administration as much as they can.

We’re Democrats! We gots ETHICS! Trust us!

GarandFan on December 8, 2011 at 2:49 PM

I’m sorry but if Holder truly didn’t know about this operation he should be fired for gross incompetence.Too busy suing States?

sandee on December 8, 2011 at 2:49 PM

I got the feeling Chaffetz got him to perjure hisself…saying in a press conference he and Nappy would be conferring with the Mexican AG and then saying he never spoke to Nappy or the Mex Ag about it? hmmmm

DanMan on December 8, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Holder doesn’t know the difference between weeks his ass and months a hole in the ground

You’re welcome.

CantCureStupid on December 8, 2011 at 2:49 PM

What are a few hundred deaths when compared to enacting stricter gun purchasing regulations on law abiding citizens? Pittance really…

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JAGonzo on December 8, 2011 at 2:50 PM

I’ve been enjoying all of the political cartoons lately casting Holder as some kind of slow-wit and all of the late night jokes that have been cracked about him.

Wait, what?

Red Cloud on December 8, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Chapter 1,244 of the “What if Bush….” book…I am sure it will lead the news tonite…/s

hillsoftx on December 8, 2011 at 2:51 PM

OK I have a theory, and it could explain of lot of Holder’s behavior. Maybe Holder is illiterate. Have we thought of the possibility of the memos not being read, the calendar not being read, the New Black Panther case being thrown out not because of ill will towards the U.S, but because the man simply can’t read?

I think that is something someone should look into…maybe a literacy Czar?

dernst2 on December 8, 2011 at 2:51 PM

“You need to understand something about the way Washington works,” Holder told Chaffetz

 
Change.

rogerb on December 8, 2011 at 2:52 PM

The U.S. government was smuggling weapons to narco-terrorists in a foreign country? What’s the big deal?

jl on December 8, 2011 at 2:53 PM

I really do not think that Jugears or Holder came up with this idea all by themselves. This was a plan put together by gun hating lawyers and pols but Jugs and Hold approved it and ran with it.

retiredeagle on December 8, 2011 at 2:53 PM

What’s really shameful is the Democrats on the committee covering Holders butt.Waters even saying Bush did it first.Sickening…

sandee on December 8, 2011 at 2:53 PM

This is how Washington works:

“Mr. Holder, could you please tell me what time it is?”

“Well, Mr. Chairman, I’d be reluctant to say what time it is, at this time. Do you mean, here, in America? Or, in Europe, etc.?”

“In America.”

“Well, ‘time’ can mean different things, to different people. For instance … It’s time for lunch! So, you see, I’m not disposed to tell you what time it is, unless you ask me with more particularity …”

THAT is how Washington works, Mr. Holder – especially when you’re a sniveling liar, who has nothing but evil intent for this country and her people.

OhEssYouCowboys on December 8, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Ooh he needs a smack upside the head
No respect for the gop

Shameful

cmsinaz on December 8, 2011 at 2:55 PM

How about you learn how years, not months, in prison feel holder? The whole blooming bunch needs major prison time!
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letget on December 8, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Needs a calendar.

Holder needs a one-way ticket to Mexico to stand trial for depraved indifference to human life and for mass murder.

InkyBinkyBarleyBoo on December 8, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Agree DS

cmsinaz on December 8, 2011 at 2:56 PM

What are a few hundred deaths when compared to enacting stricter gun purchasing regulations on law abiding citizens? Pittance really…

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JAGonzo on December 8, 2011 at 2:50 PM

One must think of all the lives saved or created thanks to this program. Afterall, one cannot make an omelete without breaking a few eggs.

Lily on December 8, 2011 at 2:56 PM

OR, how about a Washington rid of Rep. Judy Chu, who, at today’s hearing, actually applauded Holder for his work in support of voters’ rights? Can you say “New Black Panther Party intimidation case”?

Maybe Rep. Chu was referring to non-white voters’ rights.

Cicero43 on December 8, 2011 at 2:56 PM

What bothers me most of all is the ultimate outcome of F&F. Even if Holder admitted he’s the biggest POS and he took full responsibility, he would only be fired from his position.

He should be in jail for what he has done with this and every other dangerous thing …

VibrioCocci on December 8, 2011 at 2:57 PM

It’s bad enought that we have a dishonest, ideologically obsessed AG but no matter how devious he is or how many die due to this unholy program his fellow travelers will do all they can to insulate him from responsibility in order to maintain power and policy. The democrat party has truly become the party of the putrid.

DWoDiego on December 8, 2011 at 2:57 PM

In light of this

Basically, the government put guns into the hands of criminals so it could take guns away from law-abiding citizens.

1. Holder or someone else should have been fired/brought up on criminal charges months ago!

2. According to Holders previous testimony “someone” is/has been held accounteble…How about a name and the actions taken big boy?

3. How about we help the senators out with a townhall like directed questioning? Let’s get a list of questions and put them in such an order as would get the most detail out or give cause to either indict Holder, Impeach/Fire Holder or declare him innocent/incompetent/negligent/complicit?

So what questions would HA posters most like asked?

RedLizard64 on December 8, 2011 at 2:57 PM

I put this together last time Issa and Holder where on TV.

Darrell Issa: “What” ain’t no country I’ve ever heard of. They speak English in What?

Eric Holder: What?

Link

mad saint jack on December 8, 2011 at 2:58 PM

The notion that Holder and Obama have not talked about this is total and complete bull shit.

I am still amazed that we have a system where the presidency now seems more like a kingship…

Holder tells the Congress he will not turn over the docs and Congress does what?? They send a sternly worded letter…oh yeah, that fixes everything???

Maybe the Congress should send the Capitol Police over to the DOJ with boxes and made up search warrants and take everything from Holder’s Office…that would shake things up a little

georgealbert on December 8, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Given that guns used in murders by drug gangs are usually not recovered any time soon, if ever, there may already have been more Mexicans murdered by the guns furnished the Mexican drug cartels by the Gun Running Merchant of Death, Eric Holder, acting on behalf of his boss, Barack Hussein Obama, than the number murdered by OBL and gang on 9/11.

InkyBinkyBarleyBoo on December 8, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Has anyone bothered to ask AG Holder what was the intent of F&F? What did they hope to accomplish?

Still trying to figure that one out.

AndrewsDad on December 8, 2011 at 3:01 PM

The lsm is only showing holders Strawman argument that this is a political stunt and praising him….they ate calling the So-called fast & furious operation

Seriously, socalled?

cmsinaz on December 8, 2011 at 3:01 PM

This is so typical of an affirmative action “victim” who has never had to account for his actions. He reached a level where his inabilities have caught up with him and he is attempting to tap dance. He has gotten away with This crap for so long and never been called on it that he cannot cope and is just digging a hole deeper and deeper. Give him another shovel. Plus,we should be talking jail time for perjury, treason, accomplice to murder,attempt to overthrow a foreign govt, and other various illegal activities.

retiredeagle on December 8, 2011 at 3:02 PM

I’ll be surprised if this whole Operation wasn’t Obama’s brain-child.

Mord on December 8, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Valerie Jarret and the lib/marxist brain trust.

Emperor Zero come up with a plan? ROFL! Uh, no. The guy is an idjiot. Get him off the prompter and he can’t put together a decent noun verb deal called a sentence.

dogsoldier on December 8, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Holder doesn’t know the difference between weeks right and months wrong

FIFY

ConservativePartyNow on December 8, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Pants on fire.

MikeinPRCA on December 8, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Oh and they need to lock this guy up, with teh rest of the Zero crew.

“under the radar” Does anyone else remember that statement?

dogsoldier on December 8, 2011 at 3:05 PM

funny he reads all the memos about medicinal marijauna but nothing about fast and furious!! imagine that

oldorch on December 8, 2011 at 3:05 PM

What else would you expect from an AG that carries a quote around in his pocket that basically says he identifies with the black criminal.

retiredeagle on December 8, 2011 at 3:06 PM

Gotta hand it to those Democrats. They’re gonna cover for this administration as much as they can.

GarandFan on December 8, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Like the ancient Greek philosopher Diogenes, you can wander the countryside with a lamp looking for an honest Democrat and find none.

InkyBinkyBarleyBoo on December 8, 2011 at 3:07 PM

“You need to understand something about the way Washington works,” Holder told Chaffetz, to snickering from the Democrats on the Committee.

Immediately reminded on The Hangover, towards the end, when the guys girlfriend told him “This isn’t how this works.” He replied that “Whatever this is, isn’t working for me.”

How ever Washington works isn’t working for me either, above the law and a bunch of lying sacks of —-.

Russ86 on December 8, 2011 at 3:09 PM

…asking whether he spoke at any point about Fast and Furious to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or President Barack Obama. Holder’s answers: No, no and … I don’t think so. He doesn’t even know whether he spoke to the president about a scandalously stupid and ultimately lethal program? Inexcusable.

It’s beyond credulity to think that Holder initiated this program on his own.

My guess is that his verbal stumbling is caused by the fact he’s realizing he’s becoming the fall guy.

He knows he’s supposed to deny all, but it’s sinking into his head that his denials make him into a liar or else an incredibly incompetent man in charge of an agency that’s gone rogue on him. I think he knows that, doesn’t like it and his inner ambivalence is showing with these contradictory statements.

That’s my opinion. He knows he’s going to be hung out to dry by this administration, and he’s gradually realizing he’s not going to be able to squirm his way out of culpability.

INC on December 8, 2011 at 3:11 PM

And somehow they get away with investigating themselves…where is the special prosecutor?

tinkerthinker on December 8, 2011 at 3:11 PM

I’ll be surprised if this whole Operation wasn’t Obama’s brain-child.

Mord on December 8, 2011 at 2:47 PM

No, not Obama’s brain-child. Let’s face it, he’s not that bright. However, whoever came up with it had to have run it by Holder at least, and Holder had to have run it by Obama. Obama probably didn’t understand the details but they told him it’d help impose stricter gun-control so he grinned and signed off on it. That doesn’t make him any less accountable or responsible for this disastrous plan, I just don’t think he’s smart enough to have thought it up all on his own. After all, we have no evidence that he’s ever had a creative idea of his own in his entire life.

Trafalgar on December 8, 2011 at 3:14 PM

“The first rule about Washington Club is … you do not talk about the way that Washington works”

- Holder Durden

BatonRogue on December 8, 2011 at 3:14 PM

This is Mr. Eric Holder’s new lawyer speaking to all you peeps. My honorable client is a totally innocent man who is being persecuted by the vast rightwing conspiracy. The honorable and always truthful Eric Holder saw nothing, he heard nothing, he knows nothing. He was not there. Because of a bad back and a recurrent sinus condition he has not even gotten up any morning since January, 2009 except with great courage to overcome the terrible pain and congestion to work with singular dedicated mind and great will power to save America from being attack by out of control Tea Party thugs and hooligans. He didn’t even know America had an ATF because Republicans told him it had been abolished years ago. Nor does he even know where this Mexico continent or planet is either. If he didn’t read any purported briefings on this trivial and trumped up matter it is only because they were stolen by Republicans or he was so busy trying to disarm the Tea Party thugs and hooligans and investigating Sarah Palin that he didn’t have time. If the guns don’t fit, you must acquit.

Cheshire Cat on December 8, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Holder knows if he slips up the whole rotten house of cards could come down.

Speakup on December 8, 2011 at 3:16 PM

InkyBinkyBarleyBoo on December 8, 2011 at 2:56 PM

We can hope can’t we?

RedLizard64 on December 8, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Doesn’t Rep. Chaffetz know how Washington works now?
Obama and his administration can do what they jolly well want because they were elected to CHANGE things.

Like the constitution and bill of rights.
Silly congressman.

DR1579 on December 8, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Holder acknowledged he learned of Fast and Furious sometime in February — but claimed 10 to 12 weeks could easily be encompassed in the expression “a few weeks.”

Few
as a noun

( used with a plural verb ) a small number or amount: Send me a few.

A few is not 10 or 12, but utter contempt for critics and the American people is what allows these arrogant reprobates to shamelessly insult our intelligence on a regular basis. Holder’s embodies this attitude and has been pulling this crap all the way back to the FALN terrorists and the Marc Rich pardon. Indeed, his boss at that time was the guy who tried to tell us that the definition of “is” wasn’t what we thought it was. Holder is an incorrigible, lawless creep and the sooner he’s thrown to the curb, the better off the entire country will be.

RadClown on December 8, 2011 at 3:19 PM

We need to ask the various GOP Presidential candidates if they will pursue Holder and cronies or just sweep it under the rug.
The entire Voting Rights section needs to be terminated.
Same with NLRB, FCC and a few others.

barnone on December 8, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Has anyone bothered to ask AG Holder what was the intent of F&F? What did they hope to accomplish?

Still trying to figure that one out.

AndrewsDad on December 8, 2011 at 3:01 PM

How would he know? Didn’t he just hear about this last [fill in closest possible date what won't result in perjury charge]?

Lily on December 8, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Didn’t have a chance to watch the hearings closely but I did notice Holder’s arrogant body language. He was practically rolling his eyes. I got the message his crackpipe version of reality is, “What a bunch of dumbazzes you Republicans are. Who are you lowly morons to question our regime?”.

Buy Danish on December 8, 2011 at 3:21 PM

If this is ‘smart power’, then I’m all for ‘idiotic impotence’

These dishonest corruptocrats need to see justice, swiftly.

tom daschle concerned on December 8, 2011 at 3:36 PM

When Holder claimed that “a few weeks” could be 10 or 12, the next statement by the questioner should have been, “Really!!, You’re joking, right?

dman232 on December 8, 2011 at 4:13 PM

If that’s the way Washington works, its broken. So broken that people have been killed as a result.

The question is, what is Holder doing to fix a system that killed people? Why is he not cooperating with those who are trying to fix it?

taznar on December 8, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Holder needs a one-way ticket to Mexico to stand trial for depraved indifference to human life and for mass murder.

InkyBinkyBarleyBoo on December 8, 2011 at 2:56 PM

1. Those are just misdemeanors in Mexico

2. InkybinkyBarleyBoo? Are you serious?

BobMbx on December 8, 2011 at 4:35 PM

I put this together last time Issa and Holder where on TV.

Darrell Issa: “What” ain’t no country I’ve ever heard of. They speak English in What?

Eric Holder: What?

He’s on second. I don’t know is on third.

With apologies to Abbott and Constello.

Steve Z on December 8, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Like the ancient Greek philosopher Diogenes, you can wander the countryside with a lamp looking for an honest Democrat and find none.

Holder couldn’t find his anatomy locked in a closet full of mirrors using a flashlight and both hands.

seven on December 8, 2011 at 5:08 PM

“‘You need to understand something about the way Washington works,’ Holder told Chaffetz, to snickering from the Democrats on the Committee.”

Was this before or after Holder said, “I don’t know exactly what the flow of information is within the White House…” Oh, yeah. Before.

Holder is intimately knowledgeable of everything except when he isn’t. He can spin on a dime and spice it up with condescension. What a sight to behold.

Bald-faced liar.

This is the U.S. Attorney General, the highest law enforcement officer of the land. What a disgrace.

AnonymousDrivel on December 8, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Holder couldn’t find his anatomy locked in a closet full of mirrors using a flashlight and both hands.

seven on December 8, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Maybe Bubba in cellblock D can help him out with that.

Lily on December 8, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Bob Costas interviewed Eric Holder.

Costas: Are you racially attracted to your people? To all your people?
Holder: Am I racially attracted to my people?
Costas: Yes.
Holder: Racially attracted? No I enjoy my people. I love to be around them. No I’m not racially attracted.

pc on December 8, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Take 2
Bob Costas interviewed Eric Holder.

Costas: Are you racially favorable to your people? To all your people?
Holder: Am I racially favorable to my people?
Costas: Yes.
Holder: Racially favorable? No I enjoy my people. I love to be around them. But I’m not racially favorable.

pc on December 8, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Holder needs bigger hands to cover his butt

tomyj1 on December 8, 2011 at 8:29 PM

The more he talks….the more damage he does. Why Odumbo doesn’t cut his losses and toss this dangerously-unqualified-corruptocrat under the bus is beyond me.

Hey Barry…..do yourself a favor and pretend he’s your “white grandmother” already.

Tim_CA on December 8, 2011 at 8:54 PM

“Mr. Holder, MS Office has a calendar feature.”

Lily on December 8, 2011 at 2:48 PM

After trying to sue Microsoft out of existence does anyone at DOJ use MS Office? If they are trying to, do they have an unusually high BSOD rate? Just wonderin’.

Lammo on December 9, 2011 at 1:11 AM

I really wish our media wasnt so sycophantic.

exitus on December 9, 2011 at 3:05 AM

In order to protect his boss Obama (who clearly must have approved the whole F & F fiasco) Holder is turning himself into a clown.

Chessplayer on December 9, 2011 at 8:10 AM