Isn't it rich that the White House is accusing Attorney General Eric Holder's critics of being "partisans who seem more interested in launching political attacks than cooperating with him to protect the security and constitutional rights of the American people"?
Partisan? Launching political attacks? Well, if the White House and Holder were not so partisan and attack-oriented themselves, we wouldn't be having this discussion about Holder, the IRS or the AP.
Indeed, politics, partisanship and self-interest dominate the thinking of this White House to the detriment of the national interest. The New York Times is reporting that "some in the West Wing privately tell associates they wish (Holder) would step down, viewing him as politically maladroit. But the latest attacks may stiffen the administration's resistance in the near term to a change for fear of emboldening critics."
Study that quote -- both sentences. The stated reason some in the White House want Holder to go is not because he has engaged in corruption or lied to Congress or any other of the myriad complaints that have been lodged against him, but because they see him as politically maladroit. It's all about politics and appearances and how those affect the administration -- not the nation.
But in the second sentence we learn that the White House will probably keep Holder because it believes dumping him would empower its critics. Again, the determining factors are not Holder's integrity, the rule of law, the importance of the nation's chief attorney adhering to the principle of equal protection under the laws, or anything else involving the national interest. It's all about President Obama and his image and agenda, and Republicans are not to be seen as scoring any victories.
Who did they say was being partisan and political?
The Times reveals another important reason that Holder has been so secure in his position: "His saving grace through years of controversies has been the friendship of two women close to Mr. Obama" -- top presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett and first lady Michelle Obama.
Jarrett provided some insight into how the administration is viewing these scandals and the pressure for Holder to resign.
In a recent interview, she left no doubt that the administration evaluates these scandals in terms of how they are affecting the administration, not on whether the charges have merit.
Jarrett was quick to point out that the administration's mood is "very upbeat." That's swell. But what about the scandals?