Steny Hoyer Indicates Contempt Vote Will Be Bipartisan

On Sunday, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa predicted a “bipartisan” floor vote would hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress on Thursday.

“I believe they will [vote to hold him in contempt],” House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) told “Fox News Sunday.”

“Both Republicans and Democrats will vote that,” he added. “I believe it will be bipartisan.”

While some liberal pundits scoffed at that idea,  it now looks almost certain that a number of Democrats will be defecting the party line to vote for contempt. Rep Steny Hoyer of Maryland is conceding that a number of Democrats are considering a yes vote.
CBS News reports:

The chief Democratic House head counter, Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, declined to tell reporters how many defections he expected, but acknowledged that some in his party would consider heeding the NRA’s call for a “yes” vote.

The gun owners association injected itself last week into the stalemate over Justice Department documents demanded by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The NRA said it supports the contempt resolution and will keep a record of how members vote.

An NRA letter to House members contended that the Obama administration “actively sought information” from Operation Fast and Furious to support its program to require dealers to report multiple rifle sales.

In other Fast and Furious news, Darrell Issa questioned Obama’s  eyebrow-raising assertion of executive privilege in a letter to the White House on Tuesday:

In a letter obtained by The Daily Caller, House oversight committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa pressed President Barack Obama directly on his assertion of executive privilege over documents related to Operation Fast and Furious.

“[Y]our privilege assertion means one of two things,” Issa wrote to the president in a letter dated June 25. “Either you or your most senior advisers were involved in managing Operation Fast & Furious and the fallout from it, including the false February 4, 2011 letter provided by the attorney general to the committee, or, you are asserting a presidential power that you know to be unjustified solely for the purpose of further obstructing a congressional investigation.”

Issa’s entire seven page letter can be read, here.

And oh joy – The Daily Caller’s Michelle Fields interviewed Al Sharpton, and guess what? He has  secret ‘activities’ planned around Holder contempt of Congress vote [VIDEO].

I stopped tracking Obama and his acolyte’s cynical election year racial politics months ago. It became so prevalent after the Trayvon Martin case, I couldn’t keep up. But we are about to see the race baiting strategy reach a crescendo in the coming days.

Stir up the base…Divide and conquer. That is Obama’s reelection strategy.

It’s pretty sick, but what else does he have?

NRA’s Ginny Simone questioned Niger Innis about Sharpton’s disgraceful Fast and Furious race-hustling on NRA TV:

See also:

“Lie, noun, 1. A false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth.”

There are other words in the English language that dance around the edges of “a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive” — misrepresentation, mendacity, falsehood, improbity, prevarication, perfidy, untruth. But nothing cuts through such rhetorical claptrap like that little three-letter word “lie.”

Thus begins the fast and furious descent of President Obama. Almost exactly 40 years to the day after burglars slipped into the Watergate complex, setting off a coverup that toppled a president, Mr. Obama on Thursday invoked executive privilege to shield documents about his administration’s shockingly inept “gunwalking” program known as Fast and Furious.

That same day, the lies poured forth in the White House briefing room, delivered by the president’s chief spokesman.

“What I can tell you is that there is nothing in these documents that pertains to the Fast and Furious operation,” Jay Carney said, asserting that “every document related to the Fast and Furious operation has long since been provided to congressional investigators.”

“Hogwash,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee. “Through my investigation, I know there are reams of documents related to the ‘operation itself’ that the Justice Department has refused to turn over to Congress.”

The Obama administration and their sycophants are spinning as fast and furiously, as they can, now.
UPDATE:
Linked by Michelle Malkin, thanks.

Another One: Mo Senator Claire McCaskill May Skip Dem Convention – Sept. Schedule “in Flux” (Updated with More)

The Weekly Standard reports that Missouri senator Claire McCaskill,  may well skip the Democratic convention in September. For those keeping score, this brings the the number of Democrats avoiding their own party’s convention like the plague, to at least eight. Last week, Michelle Malkin reported on what she labeled the Tarheel trainwreck: The coming DNC disaster:

…at least seven Democratic officials will skip Obama-palooza: New York Democratic Reps. Bill Owens and Kathy Hochul; Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Mark Critz; three endangered Democratic politicians from West Virginia, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Sen. Joe Manchin, and Rep. Nick Rahall; and Utah Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson.

The Democratic boycotters have dinged Obama on everything from his election-year illegal alien amnesty power grab to his failed jobs programs to his destructive war on coal. While “Forward!” may be the official Obama campaign slogan, “Back Away!” is quickly becoming the dissenting Democrats’ rallying cry.

According to the Saint Louis Beacon, “A campaign aide said the senator’s schedule for September was still in flux. McCaskill expects to be in a tough re-election battle.”

McCaskill had missed the state Democratic convention several weeks ago because her mother has been ill. She did make the party’s biggest fundraising event of the year, the Jefferson-Jackson dinner, last Friday.

Juan Williams writing for Fox News helpfully explains;

A weak presidential candidate at the top of the ticket does not usually help anyone on the ticket. But in this election cycle conservative Democrats obviously see their political fortunes as separate from Obama’s.

One of those conservative Democrats, Sen. Claire McCaskill, is locked in a tough reelection fight in Missouri, a state Obama lost in 2008. In addition to backing away from the president on the budget deal, she is also backing away on immigration policy changes allowing young illegal immigrants in high school or the military to avoid deportation.

“My preference would be for Congress to resolve this issue …,” McCaskill said. “I’ll be looking at the details of this announcement closely to ensure it isn’t a magnet for illegal immigration.”

McCaskill is distancing herself from the president in the hope of persuading swing voters that she is more of an independent than a Democrat.

A Rasmussen poll taken earlier this month found McCaskill losing to her likely GOP opponent by 12 points. McCaskill needs independent voters and she does not see the Obama brand helping her cause.

It’s interesting that Juan would characterize McCaskill as a “conservative” Democrat when her voting record is anything but.
UPDATE:
Montana’s John Tester (D, Mont) jumping off the sinking ship, too.
Charlotte now more radioactive than Chernobyl.
UPDATE II:
 John Barrow, the Georgia Democrat, looks to be following the lead of Claire McCaskill of Missouri, and Joe Manchin and Earl Ray Tomblin of West Virginia and will not be attending the Democratic National Convention. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:
WASHINGTON—Augusta U.S. Rep. John Barrow will skip the Democratic National Convention in September, adding to a growing list of Democrats distancing themselves from the national party’s major quadrennial get-together.
That brings the number of major Democrats skipping the Democrat Convention to 10.
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While both lawmakers say they’re missing out on the chance to attend President Barack Obama’s formal re-nomination for president to concentrate on their own re-election campaigns, observers note that it makes sense for them to keep Obama at an arm’s length.

That differs from just four years ago when both attended the 2008 convention in Denver.

“I have seen Barack Obama in the Senate,” McCaskill said at the convention. “I have been by his side campaigning in diners and coffee shops. I know he will bring the change we need in Washington.”

Linked by Michelle Malkin, and Doug Ross, thanks!

A Video Message From Herman Cain and Ken Blackwell To Eric Holder

The American Civil Responsibility Union has launched a new campaign called “Protect your Vote”, and are employing the persuasive talents of Herman Cain and Ken Blackwell in an effort to shine a spotlight on threats to Americans’ voting rights, and promote  Voter ID laws.

They say the Obama administration has “launched an all-out war on voter ID laws” to bolster the president’s re-election chances and are simply asking  Attorney General Holder to: keep America free:

“Protecting the integrity of the ballot box is essential to our democracy,” Blackwell says.

“Laws requiring voters to show identification at the polls are common-sense measures to prevent fraud and corruption and to ensure that each year’s election returns accurately reflect the will of the people.

“With the attack led by the Obama Justice Department on voter ID laws across this country, ACRU has decided to mount a counteroffensive to protect the integrity of ballot boxes all across our country.”

Gov Jan Brewer Rips Obama on Greta: “What They’ve Said to Az is, Drop Dead Arizona” (Video)

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer was initially delighted with the Supreme Court ruling on the AZ immigration law, Monday, but her glee was dampened just a few hours later when the Obama administration maliciously revoked the 287(g) agreement between Arizona law enforcement officers and the federal government in the enforcement of immigration law.

She didn’t hold back her feelings of disgust and disappointment with the Obama administration, Monday night on Greta Van Susteren.
“This is politics at its best,” Brewer fumed.

Brewer also criticized Obama’s latest executive decision to change immigration policy, calling it, “backdoor amnesty.”

“Why aren’t they abiding by the rule of law?” she asked of the Obama  administration. She added, “What they’ve said to Arizona is, drop dead Arizona. Drop dead and go away, and we’re going to ignore you.”

“Is this not America?” she asked. “Do I not as governor have the right to protect the people of Arizona? It just is incomprehensible to think that this is all taken place today. It ticks me off. I think that it should tick the people of America off.”

When Greta asked if she would appeal the administration’s 287(g) decision, she said bluntly answered that she didn’t know if she could.

 “It is actually the federal government. It is their program, and it’s almost become apparent that they can do whatever they darn well want. They don’t want to enforce their laws, they won’t let us help them  enforce their laws…. The bottom line is, we need a new administration, somebody that will take the responsibility… uphold the rule of law, and secure our borders so we can deal with all the issues dealing with illegal immigration.”