Between the contraception kerfuffle and the GOP primaries, the MSM has had too much to cover to tackle the fallout from Fast and Furious, too. Just kidding. Even if nothing else were going on, you’d still hear this news from just a handful of people. The Daily Caller’s Matthew Boyle reports this morning that the count of congressmen calling for Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation has reached 109:
Spokespeople for Florida Republican Reps. Cliff Stearns and Mario Diaz-Balart told The Daily Caller their bosses agree with the surging group of members already demanding Holder’s resignation. Meanwhile, four new members have signed onto the official House resolution of “no confidence” in Holder — House Resolution 490 – because of Fast and Furious: Republican Reps. Bill Huizenga of Michigan, Cory Gardner of Colorado, and Pete Olson and Mike Conaway, both of Texas.
The groundswell has grown steadily since the first House members demanded Holder resign last October. Three U.S. Senators, two sitting governors and all major Republican presidential candidates have joined those 109 House members.
As a reminder, Fast and Furious — a program of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms — was a purported drug-busting operation in which ATF officials intentionally sold guns to straw purchasers who, in turn, sold the weapons to leaders of Mexican drug cartels. But if the intention of the officials was to bust the cartels, they had a curious way of showing it: No credible attempt was made to track the weapons from the hands of the straw purchasers into the hands of the drug cartel leaders. As a result, the weapons were never interdicted and some have since shown up on the scene of violent crimes in both the U.S. and Mexico. The ultimately lethal program led to the deaths of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and more than 200 Mexicans. Hundreds more of the guns are still not accounted for and likely to turn up at the scenes of future tragedies.
The congressional investigation led by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has revealed enough for us to know Attorney General Eric Holder was either aware and in approval of the program or incompetent and negligent — either of which scenario would be grounds for Obama to demand his resignation.
My question: Why have just 109 congressmen called for this man to leave the administration? Do they not care about U.S.-Mexico relations, border security or the deaths of more than 200 people?