Posted by: JanF | September 26, 2014

Me to GOP: Tough. YOU don’t get to choose.

In the wake of Eric Holder’s announcement that he will be stepping down as Attorney General, the media is filled with right-wing bloviating (no, right-wing, Eric Holder’s Justice Department is NOT “scandal ridden” … any more than “Romney won Ohio”).

This headline from The Hill stomped on my last nerve:
“GOP to Obama: Don’t replace Holder in lame-duck Congress”.

That article includes this quote from Ted Cruz:

“Allowing Democratic senators, many of whom will likely have just been defeated at the polls, to confirm Holder’s successor would be an abuse of power that should not be countenanced”.

“This shall not stand!” proclaims man whose freshness date expired months ago. “Abuse of power” and “should not be countenanced” are, of course, code words for impeachment. Go with that, GOP!! It worked so well for you in the past. If the Republicans want to waste their time on impeachment to please their shrinking base, let them. The country needs a strong, intelligent, principled, Democratic replacement to continue the important work that Eric Holder started; if we have a better chance to get that now than later, with a thinner majority, we should do it.

Oh, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell? May I say this about your comment: “I will be scrutinizing the president’s replacement nominee to ensure the Justice Department finally returns to prioritizing law enforcement over partisan concerns.” With apologies to bubbanomics, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! The Justice Department that was replaced in 2009 was the most partisan in recent memory. A Republican Party operative, Karl Rove, directed the firing and replacement of 7 U.S. Attorneys who refused to go after Bush Administration political enemies. That is the very definition of “partisan”.

And one more thing, leaders of the Party of Southern White Males Still Bitter Over Losing The Civil War: Attorney General Eric Holder did uphold the law, the most important laws of the land: protecting the right to vote and the right to equal justice. Simply because it ran counter to the Republican Party’s plan to hang onto power by disenfranchising (and incarcerating) likely-Democratic voters, does not make it partisan. Yes, the citizens who need more protections than most tend to vote for Democrats — mainly because they are minorities, the poor, and women, people who feel, on a daily basis, your party’s disdain for them and for their concerns.

The Minoritea Party … now and for the foreseeable future:

The relative liberalism of Millennials translates into a greater likelihood of affiliating with or leaning toward the Democratic Party compared with those in older generations. Today, about half of Millennials (50%) are Democrats or lean to the Democratic Party, while just 34% affiliate with or lean to the GOP.

So a party that is anti-women, anti-people-of-color, anti-LGBT, anti-working-class, anti-education is not so popular with young people?

Who could have predicted that?



  1. Another Senator shakes his tiny fist at the clouds …
    Top GOPer: Senate Must Wait Until New Congress To Replace Holder

    Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), the No. 4 Senate Republican, on Sunday said that the Senate must wait until the new Congress starts in January to vote on Eric Holder’s replacement as attorney general.
    The senator slammed Holder as a divisive attorney general and said that Americans need someone different.
    “And if they try to do this in the lame-duck session, this will clearly poison the well and will define what we’re going to see for the next two years, the final two years of the presidency of Barack Obama,” Barrasso concluded.

    Poison the well??? Is he kidding? That well was filled in by Republican obstructionists in January 2009 and there has been nothing but dust to drink for 6 years.

    Hey, Sen. John Barrasso, elected in 2012 by 185,250 voters to represent a state with 582,658 people, YOU don’t get to choose either!! President Barack Obama, elected by 65,915,796 voters in 2012 and the Senate Democratic majority, elected by 112,000,000+ voters in the elections of 2008, 2010, and 2012, get to choose.


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