So, AG Eric Holder is definitely sticking around for awhile. How ’bout that.

posted at 5:38 pm on January 10, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

I already expended all of my related outrage over this when we first learned that it was the probable eventuality — “this” meaning the fact that the head of a department that oversaw a thoroughly irresponsible and lethal gunwalking operation resulting in the deaths of at least two Americans and countless Mexicans through, at-best, credulity-pushing incompetence, and then had to hide behind executive privilege provided by his good buddy the president to excuse all of the stonewalling, and is now somehow brazenly not taking the proffered opportune moment to duck out quietly? …Well, perhaps I hadn’t expended my outrage.

But Attorney General Eric Holder’s continuing tenure is about more than diversity, or convenience, or a righteous job rightfully done, or even merely policy alignments; as BuzzFeed points out, Holder has fulfilled a specialized and invaluable role as President Obama’s “heat shield” on multiple fronts:

“Holder is not a lackey in the mold of Bush ’43 A.G. Alberto Gonzales,” said Lloyd Green, a New York lawyer who was an aide to President George H.W. Bush. “But, Holder lacks the independence of Bush A.G. John Ashcroft and the professionalism of Holder’s immediate predecessor, former federal judge Michael Mukasey. Holder is and remains very much about politics.” …

“One thing that people never understood about Holder’s importance in this administration is how he has absorbed so many attacks that could otherwise land in the White House,” said one former administration official who admires the Attorney General, and noted that the Justice Department dealt with such politically unpalatable questions as the Guantanamo Bay detention center and detainee trials. “Think of the three issues he’s taken the most heat on: terrorism (KSM), race (Black Panther controversy, voting rights), and guns (Fast and Furious). Those are some of the most polarizing issues in politics, and he’s been a heat shield on all of them.” …

“President Obama probably could not have found a more pliant attorney general,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton, who accused Holder of looking the other way on Administration scandals.

And the Attorney General’s role may become even more pertinent to Americans at large as the White House searches for ways in which “executive action can be taken” on furthering the gun-control agenda, much of which will come down to the ways in which the Department of Justice decides to enforce those policies and run his department’s various agencies — and there’s no reelection campaign to get in the way now.

“The president is going to act,” Biden told reporters on Wednesday, without getting into specifics. “Executive orders, executive action, can be taken. We haven’t decided what this is yet, but we’re compiling it all with the help of the attorney general and all the rest of the Cabinet members.”

Obama could direct the Justice Department to start prosecuting people who lie on their background checks when trying to purchase a weapon. In 2009, the FBI reported 71,000 cases. The DOJ only prosecuted 77 of them.

In August 2011, Justice began requiring gun dealers in four states bordering Mexico to report when a single buyer bought multiple semi-automatic weapons, POLITICO reported in December. That power could be expanded to other states or otherwise broadened by executive action. They also tweaked the F.B.I.-run federal background check system, automating the upload of federal charge and conviction information and informing states of actions taken in another state that could impact a person’s eligibility to buy guns.


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President Choom needs to make absolutely certain that he will never be investigated or prosecuted for his illegal activities. The only way to ensure that is to have someone with even less regard for the law than he does.

RoadRunner on January 10, 2013 at 5:42 PM

So he isn’t to be punished at all for covering up Obama’s Guns for Gangsters Operation?

Galt2009 on January 10, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Bigoted, corrupt and incompetent. All the qualifications Obama loves.

pat on January 10, 2013 at 5:44 PM

*sigh* Didn’t he say he was going to quit after the election? Another dream dashed. . ..

totherightofthem on January 10, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Holder knows where all of the bodies are buried.

itsspideyman on January 10, 2013 at 5:45 PM

So he isn’t to be punished at all for covering up Obama’s Guns for Gangsters Operation?

Punished!? More likely Barry’s candidate for the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

hawkeye54 on January 10, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Killing Mexicans and Boarder patrol agents since…………..Well no matter, he has time for more practice now. Eric will it be you personally coming to take my weapons? I’ll have Roy Jr. meet you at the gate.

Bmore on January 10, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Bigoted, corrupt and incompetent. All the qualifications Obama loves.

And passionately identifies with, being so qualified himself.

hawkeye54 on January 10, 2013 at 5:47 PM

May you rot in hell.

You will be judged by a power that you’ll not be able to buy, jail, threaten, manipulate or lie to.

acyl72 on January 10, 2013 at 5:49 PM

The man should never be allowed anywhere NEAR the topic of gun-control, much less sitting by the vice-president.

SHAMELESS.

WHAT ABOUT BRIAN TERRY AND HUNDREDS OF DEAD MEXICAN CITIZENS?

cane_loader on January 10, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Why was Gonzales a “lackey”? He oversaw a relatively trivial personnel affair, yet because of it the MSM (ignoring the fact that he was a card-carrying member of one of their most precious minority groups) crucified him and he resigned. Yet here’s Holder, hanging in there after overseeing one of the most egregious and deadly goof-ups by any Justice Dept. evah. Lackey, indeed.

KS Rex on January 10, 2013 at 5:49 PM

I think that Holder, and Jenet Reno, are prime evidence that the Attorney General should be appointed by the Supreme Court.

The only modern function of AGs, it seems, is to protect presidential malfeasance.

cane_loader on January 10, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Told you so.

maddmatt on January 10, 2013 at 5:52 PM

the social justice pandora keeping her ass firmly in place upon the lid of barry’s box of evil n’ tyranny.

of all the people the senate should have opposed and tried to block…. morons. treasonous morons.

mittens on January 10, 2013 at 5:54 PM

So he isn’t to be punished at all for covering up Obama’s Guns for Gangsters Operation?

Just for gansters ? How do we know Hussein didn’t supply guns to alqaeda and muslim bros ? Maybe he still is …who knows?
If only we were a free nation with a free press and investigative journalists :(

burrata on January 10, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Until the statute of limitations runs out, eric will guard the leftists from prosecution for any and all crimes.

tim c on January 10, 2013 at 6:02 PM

jarrett has made holder her pick and BOTH she and holder has SO much on bho it could crater him? Gotta keep you friends close and your who has something on you even closer?
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letget on January 10, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Great news!

/One more Administration official that the GOP House leadership will impeach for crimes committed during their first terms against the Constitution … right?

ShainS on January 10, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Whitey just can’t get a break…. despite the debt that’s owed, right, Eric?

FOAD. You’ll get your opportunity.

Karma is a Beotch.

Cody1991 on January 10, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Why was Gonzales a “lackey”? He oversaw a relatively trivial personnel affair, yet because of it the MSM (ignoring the fact that he was a card-carrying member of one of their most precious minority groups) crucified him and he resigned. Yet here’s Holder, hanging in there after overseeing one of the most egregious and deadly goof-ups by any Justice Dept. evah. Lackey, indeed.

KS Rex on January 10, 2013 at 5:49 PM

He was forced out for presiding over the firing of a bunch of AGs, political appointees, which EVERY President fires as a matter of course so they can put in their own people. Holder is responsible for F&F and he gets a pass.

Paul-Cincy on January 10, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Well, really, is there any better gun trafficking expert to advise BiteMe’s gun control panel?

dentarthurdent on January 10, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Welcome to round two Eric, you’re going to love it here when the foundation starts to crumble around the greek pillars. Grab hold.

Rovin on January 10, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Keepin the lid on the scandals……..
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The most important job in this WH !!

FlaMurph on January 10, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Who the “hang” among us expected anything different?
.
This seems like a “non-story”, to me.

listens2glenn on January 10, 2013 at 6:18 PM

I was under the impression that Holder was leaving, too. When did that change? We all know why

That self-righteous ferret thinks the the DoJ is a bag of power to swing over his head and has forgotten that laws, not men, are the foundation of our legal system.

onlineanalyst on January 10, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Wanna bet how many of those Fast and Furious guns wended their way to Chicago, where a large number of Mexican illegals live out in the open, not in the shadows.

onlineanalyst on January 10, 2013 at 6:22 PM

“We want to have as part of the anti-gun initiative bill an informational campaign to really change the hearts and minds of people in Washington, DC., and in particular our young people. They are saturated in the media and in entertainment or by the entertainment industry with violence and I think that too many of our young people, particularly our young men, are fascinated with violence and, in particular, fascinated with guns.

What we need to do is change the way in which people think about guns, especially young people, and make it something that’s not cool, that it’s not acceptable, it’s not hip to carry a gun anymore, in the way in which we’ve changed our attitudes about cigarettes. When I was growing up, people smoked all of the time — both my parents did — but over time, we changed the way people thought about smoking and now we have people, who cower outside of buildings, smoke in private and don’t want to admit it. Um, and that’s what I think that we need to with guns…really change the way people think about guns.

Now, this is not something that’s going to be very easy to do because we are fighting something, quite frankly, that appears everyday on the television, on the radio, in our popular music, in movies that these kids are exposed to. It will be an effort that will entail this that I am not familiar with. I think that I am a pretty good lawyer, but I, we need to get innovative, creative things that are going to grab the attention of these kids and really change the way, as I said, that they think about guns. So, what I’ve asked is that the creative community in Washington, the ad agencies that create these snappy ads that make me buy things that I don’t really need to devote that talent in a more constructive way so that we can get at the minds of these young people.

In this informational campaign, I’ve also called upon newspapers and the television stations to devote to us time and space so that we can get these ads and so that we can use these spots and not to give us 1, 2 o’clock in the morning when no one is watching, but to give us time when people, particularly young people, are watching television so that when they are watching The Fresh Prince of Bel Air or Martin or whatever else they watch…and, yeah, I watch them every once in a while…so that they will see these ads and be grabbed by these ads.

I’ve also asked people, who have influence over youngsters, entertainers, athletes, to be involved in this programme, as well, nut not only them, community leaders, Jesse Jackson, Mayor Marion Barry, people with credibility with young people should be on the television, on the radio, and telling these youngsters that it is wrong to carry a gun and that if you have information about people who are carrying guns that you need to share that with Chief Thomas and his people, as well.

I’ve also asked the school board to make a anti-gun message a part of every day some kind of anti-violence, anti-gun message. Every day, every school, and every level. One thing that I think is clear with young people, and with adults as well, is that we have to be repetitive about this. It is not enough to simply have a catchy ad on a Monday and then only do it every Monday. We need to do it everyday of the week and brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way.

We also want to have a hotline that we will set up and have the number of that hotline emblazoned in their minds so that when they see a gun or become familiar with the facts of a gun crime, they would call that hotline and pass that information on.”

- Eric Holder, speech addressing the Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1995

Isn’t brainwashing prohibited by the Geneva Conventions as a form of torture? I thought that Progs were AGAINST torture???

Oh, that’s riiight. You have to break a few eggs to make a good omelet.

Resist We Much on January 10, 2013 at 6:22 PM

That self-righteous ferret thinks the the DoJ is a bag of power to swing over his head and has forgotten that laws, not men, are the foundation of our legal system.

onlineanalyst on January 10, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Well – ya. He’s not likely to be indicted for all the stuff he’s done as long as he’s in charge of DOJ. Another 4 years as AG is another 4 years he’s NOT in jail.

dentarthurdent on January 10, 2013 at 6:24 PM

So he isn’t to be punished at all for covering up Obama’s Guns for Gangsters Operation?

Just for gansters ? How do we know Hussein didn’t supply guns to alqaeda and muslim bros ? Maybe he still is …who knows?
If only we were a free nation with a free press and investigative journalists :(

burrata on January 10, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Yes, the left has corrupted the press and it’s constraint on the government with the 1st amendment. Ditto for the freedom of religion.

Now they’re after the 2nd amendment.

Galt2009 on January 10, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Still a nation of cowards? Waiting for that conversation

can_con on January 10, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Well if there’s anyone who knows how to circumvent gun laws, it’s Eric Holder.

GarandFan on January 10, 2013 at 6:39 PM

The Post Turtle’s Post Turtle Cabinet

Eric Holder to remain as Attorney General:

‘Cuz he did such a great job in the past 4 years! Besides, he knows where the bodies are buried….no, not the hundreds of dead Mexicans or 2 dead Federal agents or thousands killed because of gun control laws.

Resist We Much on January 10, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Birds of a feather America loathing Constitution abhorring Enemies of the Republic flock together.

SD Tom on January 10, 2013 at 6:53 PM

His staying on is a good thing. We won’t have to go looking for him when the trials for treason start.

scgas on January 10, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Some pigs are more equal than the others.

Cleombrotus on January 10, 2013 at 7:02 PM

His staying on is a good thing. We won’t have to go looking for him when the trials for treason start.

scgas

The way how this administration is going, we will be the ones on trial or being “held” for trial.

Keeping Holder is a simple message, they can do what ever they want and nobody is going to a dam thing about it.

maddmatt on January 10, 2013 at 7:29 PM

I told you so.

The Rogue Tomato on January 10, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Criminals and thugs gotta stick together ya know..like peas and carrots

sadsushi on January 10, 2013 at 7:34 PM

This murderous corrupt-o-crat makes John Mitchell look like an unmolested alter boy. Holder needs to stick around for awhile in an orange jumpsuit and an 8 X 10 cell!

locomotivebreath1901 on January 10, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Gotta run out the statute of limitations….

cthulhu on January 10, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Somebody has to ensure that none of those voter fraud investigations proceed.

stukinIL4now on January 10, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Hmmm, looks like Ulsterman’s “Insider” was wrong yet again, lol.

xblade on January 10, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Eric Holder(D) has to stick around to fend off investigations that will put him in jail before Obama’s Pardon

DANEgerus on January 10, 2013 at 10:26 PM

So, AG Eric Holder is definitely sticking around for awhile. How ’bout that.

…doesn’t want to go to jail yet

KOOLAID2 on January 10, 2013 at 11:52 PM

Why would he leave? He has the perfect job that allows him to be corrupt and not be prosecuted.

sadatoni on January 11, 2013 at 7:42 AM