The President took to the airwaves today to announce something that had already been announced several hours earlier: Attorney General Eric Holder would be stepping down, and would leave office upon confirmation of a successor.
Holder’s signature accomplishments — protecting his boss, Barack Obama, from prosecution and rending the Justice Department by race and class in similar fashion to Obama’s rending of the United States — overshadow his appointment as the first black Attorney General.
Holder’s tenure was marked by obstruction, defiance and malfeasance. A brief sketch of his calumny would appear as follows:
- His orchestration of the “Fast and Furious” gun-running across our southern border into Mexico;
- His attack on Arizona when it attempted to protect its border by passing Senate Bill 1070;
- His attacks on state voter identification bills and voting rights in general;
- His lack of prosecution of the New Black Panther Party for their voter intimidation during the 2008 election;
- His attempts to spy upon and criminalize journalists who dared to investigate the department;
- His attempts to remotely litigate the Trayvon Martin case and use it to manipulate “stand your ground” laws;
- His contempt of Congress and the articles of impeachment brought against him;
- His milking of the standoff in Ferguson, Missouri to stoke racial animus across the nation;
- His blatant injection of a race and class agenda into a color-blind position and department.
Holder has maintained that he never intended to serve until the end of President Obama’s second term, but the timing of his resignation is at best curious. Is he setting himself up for a Vice-Presidential run with Hillary Clinton? Possibly a Supreme Court nomination? In any case, one
of President Obama’s most controversial Cabinet members is leaving — not before time.