Katie Kieffer

Democrats are blushing. And not because Anthony Weiner is back on Twitter, direct-messaging pretty young girls.

Vice President Joe Biden has long held the title of “Liberal Loose Cannon.” But Biden is such a grand hugger and hand-shaker that Democrats still let him work the crowds, crossing their fingers that he won’t say something like: “In Delaware, the largest growth in population is Indian Americans, moving from India; you cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent… and I’m not joking!”

Slips-of-tongue are easily forgiven (we all make them). But, lately, the Obama administration has been exposed for outright evasion and cover-ups, causing disappointment, anger and embarrassment among independents and Democrats.

Let’s run though how independents and Democrats are expressing their embarrassment in the Obama administration’s lack of transparency:

MADDER THAN HELL AT HOLDER:

Cue King Herod: the press corps wants the head of Attorney General Eric Holder on a metaphorical platter.

On May 23, the front page of the Huffington Post read: TIME TO GO, HOLDER OK’D PRESS PROBE. On Twitter, the Huffington Post editors taunted Holder: “We have a message for Attorney General Holder over at http://huffingtonpost.com,” inviting him to read their scorching assessment of his record.

Obama’s highest law enforcement officer failed to uphold the laws protecting free speech, due process and private property and now he also appears to be lying about his malfeasance.

Holder violated the Constitution and the Department of Justice’s own regulations by approving subpoenas for the phone records of journalists from the Associated Press, the New York Times and Fox News. In the Fox News case, Holder wrongfully classified reporter James Rosen as a “criminal” in order to obtain a 2010 search warrant to tap five lines associated with Rosen. Neither the Associated Press nor Fox News were notified of these probes until afterward, contrary to the law:

“Justice Department regulations call for subpoenas for journalists’ phone records to be undertaken as a last resort and narrowly focused, subject to the attorney general’s personal signoff. Under normal circumstances, the regulations call for notice and negotiations, giving the news organization a chance to challenge the subpoena in court,” explains the New York Times. Plus: “…Congress has forbidden search warrants for journalists’ work product materials unless the reporter committed a crime.”


Katie Kieffer

Katie Kieffer is a columnist and political commentator. She runs KatieKieffer.com. Kieffer is the author of the forthcoming book "LET ME BE CLEAR."