July 2, 2012

Too Fast, Too Furious?

Hatched by Korso

As Chief Justice John Roberts has been approaching Kardshian territory in terms of media overexposure (at this rate, he'll soon be inking a deal for his own line of men's fragrance and fashion accessories), I thought it might be nice to take a break and turn our attentions to everyone's favorite attorney general, Eric Holder -- the man who makes Janet Reno look like a model of cooperation and competence.

While there's not a heck of a lot new to add to the ongoing saga of the first AG to face a Congressional contempt charge (just one of many firsts for the Obama administration), I did want to throw my two cents in on something that Charles Krauthammer recently said about the investigation into Fast and Furious:

But the final effect could be one that could hurt Republicans, because as you have already heard from the talking points of Democrats in Congress, this will be characterized as another case of [Republican] overreaching, obstructionism, opposition, blind opposition to the administration, and distraction from real economic legislation or activities. And that is the line that the Democrats will take. It could, in fact, hurt the Republicans among some of the electorate.

Ordinarily I would say the Krauthammer is correct, because nothing glazes over the eyes of Your Average Voter more quickly than another Congressional investigation. The Dems took this practice to the heights of absurdity during George W. Bush's eight years in office, so the last thing people want is more of the same.

There is, however, a crucial difference this time around. With Bush, the squabbles were over fired attorneys and Valerie Plame, arcane things that nobody outside of the Washington media complex gave a piff about. Fast and Furious, on the other hand, resulted in the death of Brian Terry, an American law enforcement agent, and untold hundreds of Mexican citizens.

Terry's family is waiting for answers. More than that, they deserve answers, fallout be damned. Some things transcend politics. I think Darrell Issa knows that too, which is why he's following the trail wherever it leads.

That said, there's also no reason for Mitt Romney to wander off message and insert himself into the proceedings -- which, to Romney's credit, he seems to understand so far. He just needs to keep hammering Obama on the economy, and let Issa take care of Holder. In the end, justice will be done; and with any luck, we can boot this administration to the curb at the same time.

Hatched by Korso on this day, July 2, 2012, at the time of 3:38 PM


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