Send lawyers, guns, and money,
The shit has hit the fan.
And indeed it has...but we need not send for the lawyer (Eric Holder), and he's already sent for the guns (Operation Fast And Furious). As for money...well, perhaps we should ask Barack Hussein Obama, that legendary penny-pincher, how his fundraising has been progressing. I doubt that money would do Holder much good just now, anyway.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., declared that House Republicans are charging Attorney General Eric Holder with contempt of Congress not as part of an investigation into Operation Fast and Furious, but in order to weaken his ability to prevent voter suppression.
"They're going after Eric Holder because he is supporting measures to overturn these voter suppression initiatives in the states," Pelosi told reporters during her press briefing today. "This is no accident, it is no coincidence. It is a plan on the part of Republicans."...
Pelosi denied that Operation Fast and Furious is the real cause of the investigation and contempt charge. "These very same people who are holding him in contempt are part of a nationwide scheme to suppress the vote," she said of her congressional colleagues. "It is connected. It's clear as can be. It's not only to monopolize his time, it's to undermine his name."
"These folks want a plutocracy where instead of the choice of the many the checks of the very very few determine the outcomes of elections," she said.
Gentle Reader, if I were to take Pelosi's screeched accusations seriously enough to "fisk" them, I might not survive the cataract of laughter that would ensue. Just so no one can say I've skated over the facts, note that what Pelosi calls "voter suppression efforts in the states" consist of two things:
- Numerous states enacting photo ID requirements to vote;
- Florida's effort to purge its voter registration rolls of dead persons and non-citizens.
Concerning "the checks of the very very few," note that President Obama has held more celebrity fundraisers and five-digit-per-plate dinners than anyone can keep count of. There's a plutocracy for you, though it's plainly not the one Miss Pelosi had in mind.
As it happens, any attempt, successful or not, to prevent a citizen of the United States from exercising his franchise, or abetting such an attempt by coordinated action, is a federal felony. That's what Miss Pelosi has accused an entire Congressional caucus of attempting. Were the persons involved not officeholders, that would be grounds for an eight-or-nine-figure slander suit. However, the "public personage" exception applies, which shields the fortunate San Francisco Democrat from the just consequences of her words.
As for the suggestion that a twinge of conscience ought to have caused Miss Pelosi to restrain her mouth, a conscience is something a Democrat must get surgically removed before aspiring to federal office. Dead Border Patrol agents? Hundreds of bereaved Mexican families? Violent cartels, armed by federal agents, that continue to extend their tentacles into the United States,? What do they matter when there's an election to win?
After this, Miss Pelosi's claim to be a Catholic can, should, and must be laughed aside. Allowing the murders of hundreds of thousands of unborn children per year under the doctrine of "a woman's right to choose" is one thing; dismissing the murders of hundreds of already-born children -- quite tall ones, actually -- is another.
I find that I cannot allow the suggestion that Pelosi is stupid or deluded. She has embraced evil. She has consciously and with malice aforethought adopted the Left's favorite rhetorical tactic: accusing the Right of doing what the Left has already done. If you doubt this, hearken back to the New Black Panthers' effort to intimidate white voters at a Philadelphia polling place in 2008 -- the successful case against which was deliberately dropped by Eric Holder.
Please proceed to the essays below this one for a tragically pertinent retrospective on Leftist notions about "stupid or evil," when the target of the suggestion is an American conservative.