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Resurgent Holder pushes agenda
The Hill ^ | February 15, 2014 | Niall Stanage

Posted on 02/15/2014 4:11:49 PM PST by jazusamo

Conservatives hoping to celebrate the departure of Attorney General Eric Holder might be in for a long wait.

The attorney general’s position has looked perilous at various points during his tenure. But these days, he seems resurgent, pushing states to strike down voting restrictions on ex-felons and fighting hard to restore some of the key powers of the Voting Rights Act.

It has been an uphill climb. In 2012, Holder became the first attorney general to be held in contempt by the House of Representatives while, the year before, he had to retreat from his earlier insistence that suspects in the September 11, 2001 attacks should be tried in criminal court in New York.

Holder has been a consistent conservative target throughout his time in office, with issues from the Fast and Furious scandal to his stance on the Voting Rights Act raising the ire of the right. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-N.H.) has sponsored a resolution in the House with 140 co-sponsors calling for Holder’s immediate resignation.

Critics of Holder were buoyed by a report in the current edition of The New Yorker that suggested Holder was planning to step down this year.

But Justice has pushed back against that characterization, arguing that, when the interview was conducted late last year, Holder was simply saying he had a lot more work to do, not setting a date for his departure.

“The most the attorney general has said is that he still has a lot he wants to accomplish on issues like criminal justice reform, voting rights and LGBT equality. He did not speak about his plans any further than that,” said Justice spokesman Brian Fallon.

Holder’s most high-profile project at the moment is comprised of two separate cases that he is taking against the states of Texas and North Carolina.

In these instances, the Justice Department is arguing that laws pertaining to voter ID and early voting have the effect of disadvantaging minority voters and should be struck down. Most observers see the battle as part of a larger war that pits Holder against a Supreme Court decision last year that gutted the Voting Rights Act.

Also last week, Holder urged states to reinstate the rights of felons to vote in a speech at Georgetown University. The attorney general has no power to change those laws but he was emphatic in his argument.

“This isn’t just about fairness for those who are released from prison,” Holder said. “It’s about who we are as a nation. It’s about confronting, with clear eyes and in frank terms, disparities and divisions that are unworthy of the greatest justice system the world has ever known.”

The speech was just one more negative mark against Holder in conservative eyes.

“That speech showed how political he is,” said Hans von Spakovsky, a former Justice Department official who is now affiliated with the Heritage Foundation and is the co-author of a forthcoming book about Holder’s tenure.

“All he talks about is the restoration of voting rights for felons. What he fails to mention is the fact that you don’t just lose your right to vote. In most states, you lose your rights to own a gun, to sit on a jury, to engage in certain kinds of employment like being a police officer. Nowhere does he say a word about restoring those rights. That tells me he is only interested in the potential votes.”

Responding to the suggestion that the attorney general’s speech on felons’ rights could be seen as an overreach, Nicole Austin-Hillery, head of the Washington office of the liberal Brennan Center for Justice, stressed her backing for Holder.

“He has a bully pulpit and speaking from that bully pulpit is massively important,” she said. “Members of Congress, state leaders, state legislators listen to what the attorney general has to say. The mere fact that he has spoken out can have influence.”

Attorneys general are almost guaranteed to be figures of controversy, given their role in contentious cases with far-reaching implications. Such was the fate of the most senior law officers in administrations stretching from President Nixon (John Mitchell) through President Clinton (Janet Reno) to President George W. Bush (John Ashcroft and, later, Alberto Gonazales).

But even some non-aligned figures see an uncommon stridency in the criticisms of Holder.

“I think he got off to a bad start with Fast and Furious — it was an issue that was poorly handled,” said Brian Landsberg, a constitutional law expert at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. “But I don’t quite understand all of the criticism. I don’t know why the decibel level is as high as it is.”

Landsberg suggested one possible reason could lie in Holder’s perceived closeness to President Obama.

“I think there is a lot of shrill rhetoric regarding the Obama administration in general, and he is seen very much as the president’s man. Attacks on him are in effect an attack on the president.”

Still, for all that, even Holder’s critics are getting used to the likelihood of him sticking around.

“I doubt that the president would want him to leave because he has in many ways acted as a heat shield for the administration” said von Spakovsky. “I can’t imagine what kind of grilling a new nominee would have to take to come in.”


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: blackkk; corruption; doj; electionfraud; ericholder; fastandfurious; felons; holder; obama; obamanation; votefraud; voterfraud; votingrights
Hans von Spakovsky got to the heart of the matter, Holder is only trying to illegally increase democRat votes just as he has gone after states with voter ID laws.
1 posted on 02/15/2014 4:11:49 PM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Don Corleone: HE’S A PIMP.


2 posted on 02/15/2014 4:15:44 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: jazusamo
YEP!

“All he talks about is the restoration of voting rights for felons. What he fails to mention is the fact that you don’t just lose your right to vote. In most states, you lose your rights to own a gun, to sit on a jury, to engage in certain kinds of employment like being a police officer. Nowhere does he say a word about restoring those rights. That tells me he is only interested in the potential votes.”

3 posted on 02/15/2014 4:16:08 PM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: cloudmountain

Absolutely right.


4 posted on 02/15/2014 4:17:38 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo

It’s about confronting, with clear eyes and in frank terms, disparities and divisions that are unworthy of the greatest justice system the world has ever known.”

This does not instill any confidence in me, as I
observe what they are doing to “... the greatest
health care system the world has ever known.”


5 posted on 02/15/2014 4:20:39 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: jazusamo
TOILET TRAINING FOR THE MASSES

1. First, raise the lid and seat section.
2. Next lower the Holder into the water gently, so as not to spash water outside the bowl.
3. Then place your hand on the handle, or button, taking care not to let your hand slip off.
4. Now exert pressure until the flushing process is activated.
5. There, admire your work. You have accomplished what needed to be done.
6. At this time, please remember to lower the lid and seat section. Your lady friends will really appreciate this.
7. Last but not least, go to the sink and wash until that foul stink is no longer on your hands.

No longer than 20 minutes should be necessary.

6 posted on 02/15/2014 4:25:10 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Immigration Reform is job NONE. It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics. Enforce our laws.)
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To: jazusamo

I can’t wait until this guy is indicted and sent to prison. I know there are still some honest people in the DOJ who will gladly testify against his punk ***.


7 posted on 02/15/2014 4:27:10 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (As government expands, liberty contracts. - President Ronald W. Reagan)
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To: jazusamo
... pushing states to strike down voting restrictions on ex-felons and fighting hard to restore some of the key powers of the Voting Rights Act.

As this non-lawyer understands it, there are no "ex" felons. When one is convicted of a felony, he or she is a felon, forever (unless verdict overturned, I suspect).

.

8 posted on 02/15/2014 4:27:46 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: Seaplaner

I agree with you completely.


9 posted on 02/15/2014 4:31:12 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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10 posted on 02/15/2014 4:31:29 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

He’ll be bozo’s next appointment to the Supreme Court, after Ginsburg dies or just retires because of age related issues, like senile dementia!


11 posted on 02/15/2014 4:51:54 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: jazusamo

“Ya could always IMPEACH the SOB.

Oh, wait—he’s BLAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK.

Never mind.


12 posted on 02/15/2014 4:52:17 PM PST by Flintlock ( islam is a LIE, mohammed was a CRIMINAL, shira is POISON.)
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To: Flintlock

Yep, but if the House impeached him it would at least be something productive they’ve done, of course the Senate would screw it up.


13 posted on 02/15/2014 4:56:19 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

I hope he does. That should just about do it for the little bit of credibility that the SCOTUS has left.


14 posted on 02/15/2014 5:05:47 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (As government expands, liberty contracts. - President Ronald W. Reagan)
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To: jazusamo
“Resurgent” is a word that was also used to describe Mao Tse Tung after he took one of his famous swims in the Yangtze River.
16 posted on 02/15/2014 5:22:51 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Obama: "I can do whatever I want")
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Alas, odds are much better he will wind up on the Supreme Court. Obamao still has three years to appoint someone, and even if the GOP wins the Senate they will be absolutely gelded in the face of confirming one of Holder’s People, especially since the Holder’s Person would be Holder himself.


17 posted on 02/15/2014 5:31:38 PM PST by crusher (GREEN: Globaloney for the Gullible)
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To: jazusamo
But I don’t quite understand all of the criticism. I don’t know why the decibel level is as high as it is.

Came THIIIISSS CLOSE to playing the race card one more time, he did.

18 posted on 02/15/2014 6:04:34 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

I’m sure they’ve all been purged, just like the senior officer corps, or have quit in disgust. Just like nobody at the IRS is going to say anything.


19 posted on 02/15/2014 6:05:32 PM PST by clintonh8r (Don't twerk me, Broi)
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To: jazusamo

Holder is a “me too I can do things”, a complete ignorant sell out spreading his circle of stupid rather than learning anything.


20 posted on 02/15/2014 6:13:52 PM PST by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: Izzy Dunne

He attacks us as gun clingers but we are the cyber bullies... pure emotional plea to have government censorship. right there the only reason of his demon possessed paranoiac gay damaged agenda.


21 posted on 02/15/2014 6:19:09 PM PST by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: COBOL2Java

Holder can easily stay where he is and no one is gonna do anything. The New Yorker article could easily have been planted to give Holder cover for the rest of the year as a lot of Obama’s evil agenda will now be pushed by Holder and he needs some propping up. Now the Republicans can lay off as the heat is off of them as they can just say well he’s on his own voluntary way out so we’re good right? Amazing how malleable we all are. Instead of picking up steam to get this guy removed this is the cue to let him off the hook.


22 posted on 02/15/2014 6:29:04 PM PST by Sheapdog (Chew the meat, spit out the bones - FUBO - Come and get me)
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To: jazusamo
Silly me, I thought the job of an Attorney General was to uphold the law, not have political "agendas."

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

Proverbs 16:18

23 posted on 02/15/2014 6:36:15 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

If the Republicans retake the Senate, I doubt he would be confirmed for the Supreme Court if nominated after this year’s election. But I doubt Obama would pick him anyway—he is too old (63) and he’s male. Obama would pick a younger female for the slot.


24 posted on 02/15/2014 7:52:07 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: jazusamo

In a just world Holder would be Bubba’s girlfriend in federal prison and his boss would be fighting impeachment.


25 posted on 02/15/2014 8:05:38 PM PST by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: COBOL2Java

Holder is like Dr. Mengele who successfully escaped any punishment for his crimes against humanity.

Somewhere in Venezuela or Havana a ‘dacha’ is waiting for him.


26 posted on 02/15/2014 10:18:42 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Seaplaner

Voting

Many people think that felons cannot vote, period - this is a common misconception. In fact, a lot of states allow felons to vote. In fact, two states (Maine and Vermont) allow felons to actually vote from jail or prison. Some states require that the felons are no longer incarcerated, while others mandate that the felon has to be done with probation or parole before their voting rights are restored (also known as re-enfranchisement).

In some states felons lose their right to vote altogether - forever. It is important to understand the laws of the state you are currently living in - this is not a federal law, it is determined at the state level. If you are granted an expungement of course your voting rights are restored - in this case your crime is treated as if it never took place.

http://pwily.hubpages.com/hub/Felony-Restrictions

It is a states’ rights issue. Of course, Obama/Holder do not believe in states’ rights. The majority of felons are black. They vote democrat. I guarantee if the majority of felons were white, we wouldn’t be having this discussion.

FUEH


27 posted on 02/16/2014 5:38:31 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: Verginius Rufus

Perhaps he’ll pick a muslim. You know - diversity.


28 posted on 02/16/2014 5:41:06 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: jazusamo

He’s fighting for nothing. He cant win.


29 posted on 02/16/2014 10:56:53 AM PST by Carry me back
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To: Sheapdog

Agree, it was just cover. Obama and the left are losing again so now they panic. Its funny to watch these simpletons squirm.


30 posted on 02/16/2014 11:01:16 AM PST by Carry me back
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To: ilovesarah2012
I've heard Kamala Harris (Attorney General of California) mentioned. She is part Indian (Hindu) and part Jamaican--so Obama could get credit for the first Asian Supreme Court justice as well as putting a black liberal on the court to negate Clarence Thomas' vote. She is 49 years old.

The problem with picking a Muslim (apart from the small pool of potential candidates) would be to find one who had never said anything that might be construed as disapproving of abortion.

31 posted on 02/16/2014 2:24:33 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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