This is just astounding…at his press briefing today, Jay Carney insisted that the Holder Contempt Vote is just political theater and “an unnecessary distraction from the work that Congress should be doing for the American people on the economy and on jobs, and that many Americans – most Americans will view it that way.”
Carney said a contempt citation would be “the kind of political gamesmanship that frustrates the American people so much about what happens in Washington.”
President Obama’s spokesman urged House Republicans on Wednesday to cancel a planned vote to hold Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt of Congress, saying most Americans don’t care about the separation-of-powers struggle.
“We hope Republicans change their minds as to what the right course of action is,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney, adding that lawmakers should be focused instead on boosting the economy. “I cannot imagine this will sit well with most Americans.”
As I noted on Sunday, it’s always amusing when Democrats try to speak for the American people. I’m sorry, but Jay Carney doesn’t speak for me, or anyone who has been paying close attention to this scandal.
This habit of accusing the opposition of bad faith is one of the most disgraceful tactics the Obama administration uses – it’s right up there with the race card.
Last summer, in the heat of the budget battles, a disgusted Charles Krauthammer wrote that charging one’s opponents with bad faith, was “the ultimate political ad hominem”.
It obviates argument, fact, logic, history. Conservatives resist Obama’s social-democratic, avowedly transformational agenda not just on principle but on empirical grounds, as well — the economic and moral unraveling of Europe’s social-democratic experiment, on display today from Athens to the streets of London.
Obama’s answer? He doesn’t even engage. That’s the point of these ugly accusations of bad faith. They are the equivalent of branding Republicans enemies of the people. Gov. Rick Perry has been rightly chided for throwing around the word “treasonous” in reference to the Fed. Obama gets a pass for doing the same, only slightly more artfully, regarding Republicans. After all, he is accusing them of wishing to see America fail for their own political gain. What is that if not a charge of betraying one’s country?
The charge is not just ugly. It’s laughable.
Now, they’re accusing Republicans of holding the stonewalling Attorney General in contempt for no other reason than political gain – which doesn’t even make sense, since the Republican leadership was so worried about the political optics of going forward that they dragged their feet until it could no longer be avoided. All of the Republicans are acutely aware of how the Democrats are ready and willing to shamelessly demagogue this vote to hold the country’s first African American AG in contempt. They understand it’s a risky thing to do – but the right thing to do.
It’s now being reported that the Congressional Black Caucus plans to walk out during House vote On Holder’s contempt charges…
Friends of this administration have “secret ‘activities’ planned around Holder contempt of Congress vote” no doubt designed to make it look like “the American people” overwhelmingly disapprove of the Republicans actions.
Yet they accuse Republicans of “political gamesmanship”.
If you live around the DC area, a Fast And Furious Protest on White House North Lawn is being organized For July 2nd. Let’s show the Obama administration that Americans do care.
Oversight and Reform will be streaming the vote live, tomorrow — click here to watch the House debate the Holder Contempt Resolution.
Ann Coulter: The biggest scandal in U.S. history:
Democrats will never stop trying to take our guns away. They see something more lethal than a salad shooter and wet themselves.
But since their party was thrown out of Congress for the first time in nearly half a century as a result of passing the 1994 “assault weapons ban,” even liberals know they’re going to need a really good argument to pass any limitation on guns ever again.
So it’s curious that Democrats all started telling the same lie about guns as soon as Obama became president. In March 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced to reporters on a trip to Mexico: “Since we know that the vast majority, 90 percent of that weaponry (used by Mexican drug cartels), comes from our country, we are going to try to stop it from getting there in the first place.”
As she sentimentally elaborated on Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren show: “The guns sold in the United States, which are illegal in Mexico, get smuggled and shipped across our border and arm these terrible drug-dealing criminals so that they can outgun these poor police officers along the border and elsewhere in Mexico.”
Suddenly that 90 percent statistic was everywhere. It was like the statistic on women beaten by their husbands on Super Bowl Sunday.
Good Lord, how cringe inducing. Is MSNBC capable of shame and embarrassment?
Linked by Michelle Malkin, thanks!