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Being Eric Holder - Itís hard to learn of your own poor judgment in the morning paper.
National Review Online ^ | May 29, 2013 | Rich Lowry

Posted on 05/29/2013 12:00:26 PM PDT by neverdem

President Barack Obama has been mocked for learning about untoward conduct in his administration from the press. But he’s on the ball compared with his attorney general, who wouldn’t know about his own poor judgment without reading about it in the papers. Let’s hope he has a Google alert set for “Eric Holder.”

The website the Daily Beast interviewed the attorney general and Justice Department officials for a piece about how the AG is holding up in the firestorm over two controversial Justice Department leak investigations, one into the Associated Press, the other into Fox News reporter James Rosen.

The Daily Beast piece pinpoints when Eric Holder had a crisis of conscience leading him to question his leak-investigating ways. The Washington Post had made inquiries at the Justice Department about the investigation into Rosen stemming from a 2009 leak, and the department’s press office had begun to ready itself for the storm. For Eric Holder, though, “the gravity of the situation didn’t fully sink in until Monday morning when he read the Post’s front-page story, sitting at his kitchen table.”

Then, the awful realization hit him that maybe it wasn’t such a great idea for him to sign off on an affidavit portraying a member of the press — particularly a member of the press from a news organization scorned and attacked by the White House — as practically an agent of a foreign power. Perhaps it wasn’t so wise, after all, to identify Rosen as a “co-conspirator” in a crime. Come to think of it, it might have been ill-advised to track his movements in and out of the State Department building that he covered and to read his e-mails.

Yes, Eric Holder was beginning to wonder whether Eric Holder had made the right call. Eric Holder is typically very supportive of Eric Holder, but in this case, Eric Holder had his doubts. “Holder knew that Justice would be besieged by twin leak probes,” the Daily Beast relates, “but according to aides, he was also beginning to feel a creeping sense of personal remorse.”

That creeping sense of remorse may get worse if Eric Holder gets around to reading in the papers that Congress is investigating whether Eric Holder lied to it under oath. (If the controversy gets any worse, the Justice Department might want to assign an aide to clipping out stories in the papers about Eric Holder before Eric Holder gets a chance to read them in the morning — just to keep his spirits up.) It turns out that Eric Holder did indeed make a false representation about Eric Holder.

Representative Hank Johnson (D., Ga.) pointed out to the attorney general that reporters could potentially be prosecuted under the Espionage Act of 1917, and closed his interrogation with the clear trap: “I’ll yield the balance of my time to you.” Unable to find any way to wiggle free from this killer line of questioning, Eric Holder said, “With regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material, that is not something I’ve ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be wise policy.” Eric Holder had plumb forgot that Eric Holder might have signed off on such a thing. Timing is everything: If only the Washington Post had published earlier!

What Eric Holder has done is so troubling to everyone, including Eric Holder, that President Obama has ordered a review of Justice Department policy — to be undertaken by the single most appropriate man for such a task: Eric Holder. Eric Holder has a tight July 12 deadline to report back on Eric Holder. Let’s hope he can manage to be fair-minded to Eric Holder, despite his bitter disappointment upon learning of his practices. An unidentified friend told the Daily Beast, “Look, Eric sees himself fundamentally as a progressive, not some Torquemada out to silence the press.”

And why would he want to silence the press? It’s how he keeps up with Eric Holder.

Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via e-mail: comments.lowry@nationalreview.com. © 2013 King Features Syndicate


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: ap; bigot; contempt; criminal; doj; dojphonescandal; ericholder; holder; holderperjury; liar; perjury; racist; rosen; threatmatrix

1 posted on 05/29/2013 12:00:26 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Rich, it might have been more intereting if you wrote about the AWOL Boehner.


2 posted on 05/29/2013 12:03:30 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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To: neverdem

Lololol


4 posted on 05/29/2013 12:06:06 PM PDT by uncitizen (Brown skin is not a get away with treason free card!)
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To: neverdem

Odungo is up to his big ears in this...... “We’re gonna punish our enemies, and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us’ — if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election — then I think it’s going to be harder. And that’s why I think it’s so important that people focus on voting on November 2nd.”


5 posted on 05/29/2013 12:06:42 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: neverdem

It’s not poor judgment. Holder knew exactly what his underlings were doing and he signed off on it anyway because he knew that the repercussions , if caught, would be minimal. The biased media would not attack him too hard, and his same agenda driven boss would not fire him. Holder and Obama see themselves as transformational figures whose ends justify the means.


6 posted on 05/29/2013 12:07:58 PM PDT by NotYourAverageDhimmi
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Why does the House and Senate rank and file support such weak leadership?


7 posted on 05/29/2013 12:09:30 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: neverdem

A guy who burned down n a Church full of people found that hard?


8 posted on 05/29/2013 12:10:05 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: neverdem


9 posted on 05/29/2013 12:10:15 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Obama-Ville - Land of The Freebies, Home of the Enslaved)
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To: neverdem

Nothing like a little 3rd person humor!


10 posted on 05/29/2013 12:12:10 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: neverdem

What’s truely maddening about this story is that on the other side of the ledger the real spies—ie the Chinese are walking off with virtually every technology the USA possesses.


11 posted on 05/29/2013 12:13:50 PM PDT by ckilmer
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To: Cowboy Bob

Cowardice.


12 posted on 05/29/2013 12:13:56 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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To: neverdem

The Attorney General of The United States does not get away with lying under oath. Maybe all he gets is six months in jail, but he goes to jail. He is the chief lawman of our nation. He does some jail time to send a message to everyone. You don’t lie under oath. Failure to punish him sends the message that there is no legal system in this country, and if that’s the case, then it’s the law of the jungle baby, and the big eat the little.


13 posted on 05/29/2013 12:14:13 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6

And Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton and Harry Reid and Max Baucus aren’t very big.


14 posted on 05/29/2013 12:15:56 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: neverdem

let’s hope Holder winds up as the first AG in American history to go to the Federal Slammer.


15 posted on 05/29/2013 12:16:42 PM PDT by ZULU ((See: http://gatesofvienna.net/))
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To: neverdem
Lying Works for Barack & Hillary! ...Why not me too?


16 posted on 05/29/2013 12:18:08 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: neverdem

He is sorry:

That the MSM didn’t protect him.
That he was outed
That he has to put up with this honkey crap.
That zer0 may have to throw him under the bus

He is very sorry


17 posted on 05/29/2013 12:24:29 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: neverdem
It's quite clear what Eric Holder needs to do.

Eric Holder needs to fire Eric Holder and bring criminal charges against Eric Holder.

Then, Eric Holder needs to prosecute Eric Holder to the fullest extent of the law.

18 posted on 05/29/2013 12:26:26 PM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; repeal the 16th)
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To: neverdem
“Poor judgment”?? I'm waiting for the Nuremberg defense: I was only following orders.
19 posted on 05/29/2013 12:27:19 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: neverdem

I believe this Administration knows exactly what it is doing: CREATING CHAOS & Destroying the Rule of Law - Burn, Baby, Burn - that’s the Goal.


20 posted on 05/29/2013 12:28:38 PM PDT by Sioux-san
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To: ZULU
John Mitchell served time in prison, so Holder would not be the first Attorney General to go to the federal slammer.

I still think that the worst that might happen to him is that he will have to resign. No one has the guts to go after a prominent black figure--and if they did, Obama can give him a pardon. In fact, the possibility of a pardon would be the carrot Obama can use to ensure that Holder won't spill the beans on Obama himself.

The Obama administration was in campaign mode all the time. They were determined to stop any leaks that might hurt them politically--while outrageously leaking information that made Obama look good even if it hurt national security.

Their pursuit of Rosen probably had less to do with the supposed North Korean story than with getting information about his contacts that might be helpful to them politically or to aid in their war against Fox News.

21 posted on 05/29/2013 12:29:03 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: neverdem

Let’s hope he has a Google alert set for “Eric Holder.”
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Bwhahahaha! That’s hysterical! hahahaha!


22 posted on 05/29/2013 12:33:13 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: neverdem

bump


23 posted on 05/29/2013 12:34:00 PM PDT by Christian4Bush (The USSA. Born 7/4/1776. Committed suicide 11/6/2012.)
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To: Verginius Rufus

So how do we deal with these bastards?


24 posted on 05/29/2013 12:34:03 PM PDT by ZULU ((See: http://gatesofvienna.net/))
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To: blueunicorn6
You don’t lie under oath.

Billy Clinton disproved that in 1999. He got clean away with it.

25 posted on 05/29/2013 12:38:44 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: neverdem
President Barack Obama has been mocked for learning about untoward conduct in his administration from the press. But he’s on the ball compared with his attorney general

For the morons, it begs the question:

If Obama was "On the ball" why did he ever pick Holder for AG?

Gezzzz..

26 posted on 05/29/2013 12:46:24 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: blueunicorn6
The Attorney General of The United States does not get away with lying under oath. Maybe all he gets is six months in jail, but he goes to jail.

He'll never go to jail..

27 posted on 05/29/2013 12:49:09 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: neverdem
Holder said, "With regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material, that is not something I’ve ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be wise policy." Eric Holder had plumb forgot that Eric Holder might have signed off on such a thing. Timing is everything: If only the Washington Post had published earlier!

Possible explanation for the strange happenings affecting Obama Administration especially the Obama/Holder Department of Just Us and Our People.

"It's like there is a strange 'gravity' causing things to happen without our knowledge."

Political scientists puzzled by the strangeness of it all.. suggest the presence of governance dark matter not unlike dark matter that affects the universe.

28 posted on 05/29/2013 12:56:04 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: neverdem

How did he feel about his actions at Colombia in the 60s, when he read the newspapers?


29 posted on 05/29/2013 1:00:37 PM PDT by Exit148
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To: neverdem

I lost any respect I might have had for Holder when he knuckled under to Clinton’s pardon of Marc Rich after Mrs. Rich gave Clinton a massive donation (most of which was monetary). Holder executed the pardon, even though it was clearly unethical.


30 posted on 05/29/2013 1:01:37 PM PDT by cookcounty (Blah-Blah-Barak, Blah-Blah-Barak, you got me rockin and a reelin...)
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To: neverdem; blueyon; LucyT; pax_et_bonum; autumnraine; maggief; Silentgypsy; thouworm; ...
" Eric Holder had a crisis of conscience "

Yah. shure. He realized he didn't have one and there was no suitable replacement.

Anyone wanting on or off this ping list, please advise. Thanks.


31 posted on 05/29/2013 1:03:07 PM PDT by MestaMachine (My caps work. You gotta earn them.)
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To: neverdem

Giving “inconsistent statements” under oath got Scooter LIbby a year in the slammer..

I wonder if Holder was upset about that.......naw, actually I don’t wonder at all.


32 posted on 05/29/2013 1:04:13 PM PDT by cookcounty (Blah-Blah-Barak, Blah-Blah-Barak, you got me rockin and a reelin...)
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To: neverdem

Poor Eric! Where’s a nano-violin when you need one?


33 posted on 05/29/2013 1:06:12 PM PDT by HomeAtLast
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Obama and the 1917 Espionage Act (Michael Barone)

Return of the Tea Party: Lesson of the Obama scandals: “We were right and the gov't. was wrong.”

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34 posted on 05/29/2013 1:09:13 PM PDT by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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To: blueunicorn6
The Attorney General of The United States does not get away with lying under oath. Maybe all he gets is six months in jail, but he goes to jail. He is the chief lawman of our nation. He does some jail time to send a message to everyone. You don’t lie under oath. Failure to punish him sends the message that there is no legal system in this country, and if that’s the case, then it’s the law of the jungle baby, and the big eat the little.

I second that. I'll believe it when I see it, but by all gods I disbelieve in, I second it.

35 posted on 05/29/2013 1:14:37 PM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: Standing Wolf

The Attorney General of The United States does not get away with lying under oath. Maybe all he gets is six months in jail, but he goes to jail. He is the chief lawman of our nation. He does some jail time to send a message to everyone. You don’t lie under oath. Failure to punish him sends the message that there is no legal system in this country, and if that’s the case, then it’s the law of the jungle baby, and the big eat the little.

Count me in, too. I will not hold my breath waiting for the clink of the jail door, though....


36 posted on 05/29/2013 1:17:03 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: neverdem

Stupid Holder was mouthing off to Congress and could not just give yes or no answers and had to be verbose and give lengthy explanations not asked for and in the end because he simply could not STFU he has hung himself.


37 posted on 05/29/2013 1:18:51 PM PDT by Mat_Helm
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To: neverdem

That’s pretty good but no cigar. The article was on the web.

Holder needs to be fired for simply being an idiot.


38 posted on 05/29/2013 1:29:00 PM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: neverdem

Neverdem, I have to go back to a Hip Revision. Off subject I know. Long Process here with the lawyers. Any advice luv? Scared. Fairly young and healthy FYI. I thought you were a Scientist. Thank you for your time and consideration. L.


39 posted on 05/29/2013 1:43:56 PM PDT by poobear (Socialism in the minds of the elites, is a con-game for the serfs, nothing more.)
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To: neverdem

40 posted on 05/29/2013 2:47:08 PM PDT by 4Liberty (Some on our "Roads & Bridges" head to the beach. Others head to their offices, farms, libraries....)
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To: Verginius Rufus
"Their pursuit of Rosen probably had less to do with the supposed North Korean story than with getting information about his contacts that might be helpful to them politically or to aid in their war against Fox News."

It's all about building "lists":

Facts Are Stubborn Things (send "fishy" emails to White House)

How the Obama Campaign's Data-Miners Knew What You Watched On TV

Obama campaign’s chief data guy gets candid about the data strategy that won the election

Obama’s ‘Moneyball’ campaign

41 posted on 05/29/2013 3:15:01 PM PDT by uncommonsense (Liberals see what they believe; Conservatives believe what they see)
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To: Cyber Liberty

He did. He was elected. Millions of Democrat voters had an emotional investment in Clinton. Holder wasn’t elected. The Democrat voters don’t have an emotional investment in him. The Democrats are in full-panic mode to try and save Holder, but they are too late. Holder is not Clinton. And the beauty is that as they throw everything into the fight to save him, they degrade their “brand” and spend their political capital for a lost cause.


42 posted on 05/29/2013 3:32:53 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Cyber Liberty

Clinton was also the Chief Executive of The United States. Holder is The Chief Lawman of The United States. Holder doesn’t get a pass. He is SPECIFICALLY charged to be our legal eagle.


43 posted on 05/29/2013 3:36:02 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6
Holder is not Clinton.

Agreed. He's a lot closer to John Mitchell, who went to jail. Holder has a lot to face his maker about.

44 posted on 05/29/2013 4:08:34 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: neverdem

Thanks for the ping!


45 posted on 05/29/2013 7:25:14 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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