Why does Eric Holder still have a job?

As Ryan Lizza just said on CNN, the Obama Administration “crossed a line that had never before been crossed” — not even by Richard Nixon — in identifying Fox News reporter James Rosen as a criminal co-conspirator during its investigation of leaks.

Journalists should not be prosecuted for doing their job, Obama said this week, yet his attorney general did just that.

 “I have raised these issues with the attorney general, who shares my concern. So he has agreed to review existing Department of Justice guidelines governing investigations that involve reporters, and will convene a group of media organizations to hear their concerns as part of that review. And I have directed the attorney general to report back to me by July 12th.”

Imagine Nixon asking John Ehrlichman to review Watergate.

I doubt Holder will suggest he be fired. But Obama loses credibility each day his attorney general remains in office. The public may not care, but the media shouldn’t stop hammering away at the administration until Holder is fired or, in Washington parlance, resigns to spend more time with his family.


It’s Obama’s fault I stubbed my toe

Rush Limbaugh blames the struggles of Oprah’s TV network on her “association with Obama” (and throws in some trademark race-baiting).

“Then Oprah basically throws away her career by endorsing Obama. That’s when her likability number (the Q number, favorable number) started plummeting, along with her ratings. Because it was at that point that Oprah’s audience began to ask themselves – maybe suspect – ‘You know, maybe race matters to her more than all this other stuff that she talks about.’”

About that alleged non-vetting of Obama …

I’ll concede much of the press was pulling for Obama in 2008. But to contend, as many conservatives do, that the president received a free pass from the media doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.

In April 2007, nearly a year before he became a campaign issue, the Times published a 2,593 word Jodi Kantor story (with addtional reporting from Kenya!) about Rev. Jeremiah Wright and his relationship to Barack Obama. The story appeared on A1. On May 11, 2008, when Obama had largely locked up the nomination but still had to fend off Hillary Clinton in tough states, the Times published a 5,024 word story titled “Pragmatic Politics, Forged on the South Side,” which delved into Obama’s relationship with Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dorhn — “Hyde Park’s fringes,” and “unrepentant members of the radical Weather Underground that bombed the United States Capitol and the Pentagon to protest the Vietnam War.” This also appeared on A1.

Obama’s silence on death of George ‘Goober’ Lindsey speaks volumes

Some conservatives will go to great lengths to recycle ridiculous conspiracies, such as the one that claims Obama hates honkies. While its good to see a conservative with decent taste in music, The Washington Times’ Joseph Curl’s suggestion that racism is behind the lack of a public statement from the president on the death of MCA is beyond absurd.

Now, half-white Barack Obama (exactly my age) didn’t say a word, even though he was talking to college kids that day, but make no mistake, MCA was no Jay-Z or Kanye West. This guy was the real deal, groundbreaker, up from his bootstraps, Brooklyn boy made good. Funny the “coolest president ever” doesn’t say a word about the passing of MCA. Weird and kinda sad, actually.

I didn’t know Jay-Z grew up next door to the Romneys.

The president took time from his busy schedule to comment on the passing of black musicians. When Whitney Houston, a longtime crack addict, died this year, the White House put out a statement. “I know that [Mr. Obama‘s] thoughts and prayers are with her family, especially her daughter,” press secretary Jay Carney said. “It’s a tragedy to lose somebody so talented at such a young age.”

And when accused pedophile and drug addict Michael Jackson died in 2009, the White House weighed in with the president’s thoughts. “He said to me that obviously, Michael Jackson was a spectacular performer, a music icon,” spokesman Robert Gibbs said. “And his condolences went out to the Jackson family and to fans that mourned his loss.”

Curl conveniently neglects to mention that my mother and yours know who Houston and Jackson are. They’ve probably never heard of Adam Yauch. Obama, like all presidents, was responding to a media-driven communal mourning, not editorializing on whose life was more valuable.

Besides, MJ is white.

Of course, if Obama had noted the passing of Yauch, conservatives would have criticized him for lauding a left-wing activist.

Obama mimics Limbaugh

US President Barack Obama on Monday challenged the “unelected” Supreme Court not to take the “extraordinary” and “unprecedented” step of overturning his landmark health reform law.

Sounds like something Rusty Limbo would say. A constitutional lawyer knows better.

Fundamentalists never tolerate moderation

The worst-case scenario is unfolding in Egypt, where the Muslim Brotherhood has broken its pledge not to seek the presidency.

Since the ouster of Mr. Mubarak, however, many younger and reform-minded members have said they have grown disappointed with Mr. Shater. They say he has enforced an insular and hierarchical culture left over from the group’s decades underground. Mr. Shater led a push to bar Brotherhood members from dissenting from the political stands of its Freedom and Justice Party, and he led the expulsion of those who sought less conservative Islamist politics.

To those who reflexively blame President Obama, a question: Would you have intervened militarily to keep the Murbarak regime in power? Because that’s what it would have taken to prevent last year’s democratic uprising.

America has no business suppressing the will of the people, here or abroad. Unfortunately, the Muslim Brotherhood seems likely to impose its will on Egyptians whether they like it or not.

The real dividers

President Obama has been criticized for rarely engaging the county on matters of race but, seeing the nasty reaction from GOP presidential candidates to his benign comments on the Trayvon Martin case, it’s easy to understand why he tends to abstain.

“Is the president suggesting if it had been a white who had been shot, that would be OK because it wouldn’t look like him?” Gingrich said Friday on Sean Hannity’s radio show. “That’s just nonsense. I mean, dividing this country up, it is a tragedy this young man was shot.”

In a separate radio interview Friday, Santorum had a similar reaction.

“What the president of the United States should do is try to bring people together, not use these types of horrible and tragic individual cases to try to drive a wedge in America,” Santorum said.

And they wonder why the GOP has trouble attracting black voters.

Someone buy this racist a dictionary

The owner of the company that produces the disquietingly popular anti-Obama bumper sticker — “Don’t Re-Nig in 2012” — denies any racist implication. Moreover, she claims some of her best friends are black. I’m sure they have the sticker on the back of their pick-ups.

Ms. Smith insisted that  the bumper sticker is not racist. I asked her about the “N” word, for which “nig” is the shortened version. “According to the dictionary [the N word] does not mean black. It means a low down, lazy, sorry, low down person. That’s what the N word means.”

The redneck dictionary, perhaps, but (incredibly trite cliche alert) Webster’s defines it as a “member of any dark skinned race. Taken to be offensive.”

Giving Ms. Smith the benefit of the doubt, I checked the definition of niggardly, a word that has nothing to do with race but is generally avoided due to its uncomfortably similar spelling.


  http://sp.dictionary.com/dictstatic/d/g/speaker.swf [nig-erd-lee]



reluctant to give or spend; stingy; miserly.

meanly or ungenerously small or scanty: a niggardly tip to a waiter

Manufactured outrage du jour

Two ridiculous examples of fabricated indignation from the right:


Last night at an Obama fundraiser Robert DeNiro quipped, “Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady?”

Mr. Gingrich was not amused, demanding the president apologize.

“It is exactly wrong, it divides the country,” the former House speaker said. “If people on the left want to talk about radio talk show hosts, then everybody in the country ought to hold the president accountable when somebody at his event says something as utterly, totally unacceptable as Robert De Niro said last night, and I call on the president to apologize for him.”

Regrettably, the first lady’s press secretary apologized, saying the joke “was inappropriate.”


A Republican Jewish group is demanding an apology from senior Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod after he referred to Mitt Romney’s ad campaign in Illinois as “the Mittzkrieg.” …

“At a time when there is so much talk about the need for civility in political discourse, it is disturbing to see President Obama’s top campaign adviser casually throw Nazi imagery around in reference to a Republican candidate for president,”  the group said in a statement. “Holocaust and Nazi imagery are always inappropriate in the political arena. Axelrod should apologize for his offensive language.”

I trust the Republican Jewish Coalition has lodged similar complaints with every sports announcer who’s ever termed a pass rush a blitz.

By the way, Axelrod is Jewish.

Reports of racism’s death have been greatly exaggerated

While it’s convenient for the left to ostracize a region they view as foreign, racism is not the sole provence of the South. Sure, it’s more pronounced in places like Meridian, Mississippi than Atlanta, but I heard my share of racist jokes in L.A. (People make certain assumptions when they hear a Southern accent. I was always happy to disappoint them.)

Long story short: Racism lives — North, South, East and West. It’s not the problem that it used to be, but cancers never completely disappear.

The WH’s false narrative on Simpson-Bowles

Just saw Peter Orszag, Obama’s former OMB director, claim the White House abandoned the Simpson-Bowles plan because it had no chance of passing Congress.

That may be, but that’s a bullshit answer. There was, believe it or not, growing bipartisan consensus about the Simpson-Bowles plan that, while imperfect, it was a sober and constructive road map to economic sanity.

Obama mentioned it only in passing. Had he pushed it I’d have little doubt he’d coast to a second term. It would’ve shown a seriousness that the president has lacked concerning the deficit.

You can’t blame everything on the “party of no.”