Of course, when you make news on the same day as the Obamacare ruling is handed down, it’s automatic that you’re going to get lost in the shuffle.
But time was when it would have been scandalous for the sitting U.S. attorney general to be held in contempt by the U.S. House of Representatives – as Eric Holder was last week.
One school of thought is that it’s no big deal – and that Fox News and Republicans are making a mountain out of a mole hill. Try telling that to the parents of slain Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. He was murdered – apparently with guns that his own federal government purposely allowed to get into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.
The House last week held Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for not handing over documents involving what appears to be a cover-up of the debacle, known as “Fast and Furious.”
Yes, the contempt vote occurred the day the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its Obamacare decision – arguably the most anticipated ruling ever. Still, why it’s not a bigger deal that the nation’s chief law enforcement officer has been held in contempt is beyond us.
Is there no shame at all anymore?
Those supporting Holder should answer why. Why is it OK to thwart a valid congressional subpoena? Why doesn’t the attorney general’s office want to get to the bottom of what killed a Border Patrol agent?
How sad that this country’s electorate is so disengaged that it allows such blatant disregard for the rule of law to go unanswered at the highest levels of the Justice Department.
And how cynical for Democrats to pretend the action against Holder has anything to do with race. It’s the last refuge of scoundrels.
Nor is the contempt vote a partisan attack: 17 Democrats joined Republicans in rebuking Holder.
Ultimately, the question is this: The Justice Department lied for months about the existence of Fast and Furious, and most certainly is covering up the culpable; does telling the truth not matter anymore in Officialdom? Are we going to just shrug our shoulders and move on, and not care that the American people were lied to about a bungled operation that led to a Border Patrol agent’s death?
If there’s nothing there, why is the Obama administration fighting disclosure so?
And even if there isn’t anything there – which seems doubtful – you can’t walk away from an apparent cover-up. That would only invite more covering-up.
No big deal? Good grief. It’s amazing what Americans will put up with today.