I Got Your Contempt Right Here!

So, in a story of lesser importance, the Boehner Congress voted 255-67 to cite Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt of Congress.  That would have been 255-something a bit more substantial, but over a hundred House Democrats walked out rather than participate in a farce.

As has already been covered here and even more revealingly here,  this Fast and Furious business is much to-do about the Republicans wanting scalps, generating heat and light, and generally persecuting the Obama Administration instead of doing what they could be doing, like passing some job-creating legislation regarding building roads and bridges and fighting wildfires and keeping teachers on the job and the like.

But nooooooooo.

Now, I’m not terribly in favor of executive privilege as a general thing—a very good case is made right here regarding how it could be overused, but still—

Could there possibly be a cover-up of something we all have so much information about, now?  I mean, what exactly do they want to know? And what do they think is the importance of knowing it?

After reading everything I could about this issue, I don’t think this at all looks good for most Republican policy on guns. It especially doesn’t look good for NRA-backed lax gun-sale laws. My read on it is that guns actually walk their way to drug-dealers because they can, and because bad people will seek out guns to do bad things like shoot border agents with them. And that this probably means that we should make some legislation regarding gun sale restrictions with some teeth in them so bad people can get prosecuted before they, you know, kill Federal agents or the like.

I admire the Democrats who walked out for making a small, grumpy gesture about how absolutely full of non-nutritive lipids the GOP case is—especially if they want to make oleaginous Darrell Issa eat his self-importance.

(Oleaginous?  I’m just saying, when there’s a margarine shortage, the Red Cross calls him.)

But I want them to actively question what this is really about. Whenever possible, they might just want to raise the issue of what exact illegal thing the GOP congresscritters think took place—by the agents involved. Instead of trying to pin this on Holder’s Justice Dept, I think attention should be shifted to the very gun worship that obviously persists to this day.

What I’m saying is,  I suspect Boehner probably wanted the contempt vote to come Thursday, so it nestled under the armpit of the bigger news about the ACA decision. After failing to even have an opportunity to spike the ball, the GOP-dominated Congress went about the business of punishing an Obama-Administration official for being liberal.  And the very best revenge is working to further discredit the GOP congress in hopes of getting something better.

I see your contempt vote, GOP, and my own contempt is raised.

(X-posted at Strangely Blogged.)

Posted by Vixen Strangely on 06/28/12 at 11:41 PM • Permalink

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I suspect Boehner probably wanted the contempt vote to come Thursday, so it nestled under the armpit of the bigger news about the ACA decision.

Yes, and with that kind of exploding cigar all over his face and a few telltale crow feathers stuck to his whiskers, does our hero withdraw to preserve his last remaining shreds of senior statesman-ish dignity and grace?

Mais non . . . he doubles down with delirious ravings about repeal, while gassing up the SS WitchHunt for one more voyage.

Spike this, Boner!

It can’t be repeated too loudly or too often: “Fast and Furious” was NOT a gunwalking operation. The recent Forbes article lays out the facts very nicely.

It seem to me that all of this “Fast and Furious” crap was originated and executed by the Bush Administration…

Yep, lets go digging into the Republican Origins of “F & F”.

It is pretty telling that the same sort of thing went on under Bush’s Administration with nary a peep of disapprobation—but then again, there was never any fear that his administration’s Justice Dept was either gun-grabby nor overly concerned with fighting voter ID laws (if I recall correctly, they tried to put people in the civil rights division who weren’t especially concerned with voting as a civil right, per se)

But what is just Bizarro World about all this is that the Black Helicopter crowd is now supposedly incensed that the ATF didn’t raid and confiscate firearms in these instances.  The next most interesting thing is, just how hard it is to determine that an illegal sale is occurring. In Arizona, there’s no limit on the number of guns that can be purchased and a dearth of a paper trail. So let’s say we have reason to believe someone is making straw purchases—unless you can verify that they are selling them to someone who is prohibited from buying them, there’s basically no case until they do that. So what do they do? Tail the purchasers? (That’s a lot of man-hours.) Wire-taps? Well, that’s what they did, but you can’t tap everybody.

The operation was flawed, but the distinction has to be drawn between “permitting ostensibly legal but suspicious sales to be made” and “authorized illegal sales.”  That’s the line that keeps getting blurred.

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