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Why was Acorn targeted by the right?  Because they register voters.

Before all the facts are checked, before any investigations, Eric Holder is being attacked by both Democrats and Republicans.

Eric Holder has used the Voting Rights Act to prevent some states from enacting laws that would suppress voting, through registration policies and at the polls. (Is it a coincidence the Supreme Court is considering getting rid of it?)

In June of 2012, the House voted to censure Eric Holder, blaming him for the death of a boarder agent was killed with a gun that was part of the Fast and Furious program started under the Bush administration.

This was Nancy Pelosi’s response:

The Democratic leader said it is "really important" to note the connection between the GOP push for a contempt vote and voter suppression efforts, particularly since, she said, the whole point is to distract from the fact that congressional Republicans aren't focused on substantive issues. She noted that the House is lining up a vote next week to hold the attorney general in contempt at a time when there are only nine days left to pass a bill to keep transportation projects funded and a bill to prevent student loan interest rates from doubling.

"Instead, let us tie the hands of the person who is assigned to make sure that the American people have the right to vote ... and that their vote is counted," Pelosi said. "It's all tied together."

As she was leaving, she emphasized her message again, unprovoked: "Don't forget, they're going after Eric Holder because he is supporting measures to overturn voter suppression initiatives in the states. This is no accident, it is no coincidence. It is a plan on the part of the Republicans."

Some of Holder’s response to the accusations on the DOJ website on June 12, 2012

“In recent months, the Justice Department has made unprecedented accommodations to respond to information requests by Chairman Issa about misguided law enforcement tactics that began in the previous administration and allowed illegal guns to be taken into Mexico.  Department professionals have spent countless hours compiling and providing thousands of documents -- nearly 8,000 -- to Chairman Issa and his committee.   My staff has had numerous meetings with congressional staff to try and accommodate these requests and yesterday, I met with Chairman Issa to offer additional internal Department documents and information that would satisfy what he identified as the Committee’s single outstanding question.

“Unfortunately, Chairman Issa has rejected all of these efforts to reach a reasonable accommodation.  Instead, he has chosen to use his authority to take an extraordinary, unprecedented and entirely unnecessary action, intended to provoke an avoidable conflict between Congress and the Executive Branch.  This divisive action does not help us fix the problems that led to this operation or previous ones and it does nothing to make any of our law enforcement agents safer.  It's an election-year tactic intended to distract attention -- and, as a result -- has deflected critical resources from fulfilling what remains my top priority at the Department of Justice:  Protecting the American people.

“Simply put, any claims that the Justice Department has been unresponsive to requests for information are untrue.  From the beginning, Chairman Issa and certain members of the Committee have made unsubstantiated allegations first, then scrambled for facts to try to justify them later. That might make for good political theater, but it does little to uncover the truth or address the problems associated with this operation and prior ones dating back to the previous Administration.

It’s déjà vu all over again
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  •  I Am Not Entirely Sure I Follow (0+ / 0-)

    Are you saying that the "IRS" and/or "AP" 'scandals' are about voter registration?

    I think that may even qualify as overanalysis.  Obama and Holder are both (A) African American and (B) Democrats. I don't think Darrell Issa needs to consider either of their actual priorities or actions before he decides to squander our resources with batshit crazy hearings 24x7.  

    Too Folk For You. - Schmidting in the Punch Bowl - verb - Committing an unexpected and underhanded political act intended to "spoil the party."

    by TooFolkGR on Fri May 17, 2013 at 07:23:41 AM PDT

  •  I think my cup must be missing a few tea leaves (0+ / 0-)

    Im not sure if Im supposed to think that the GOP are making up an IRS Scandal because Eric Holder blocked (is blocking? will block?) voter suppression laws or if Colonel Mustard did it in the Ball room with the Lead Pipe.

    They held him in contempt as an exercise in over-reaction.  They had a legitimate government failure/fiasco.  I don't really care which party you're in or what President started something:  Fast and Furious was an utterly stupid idea poorly executed.  I hope many people's careers in public service can now only be spoken of in the past tense because of that.

    Anyway... they get a legitimate issue where clearly something has gone awry resulting in someone's death and rather then focus on the issue and real accountability they turned it into a pissing match over what Congress is or is not entitled to subpoena.  

    If your premise is that the Republicans don't like Eric Holder, well then you had me at "hello" but I don't think we need voter suppression conspiracy theories to make that claim.

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Fri May 17, 2013 at 07:42:49 AM PDT

  •  Agreed that the GOP will do everything and (0+ / 0-)

    anything to stop an agenda that would benefit the American people, like voting rights, and will go after anyone that stands in their way, any time, any where.  

    The GOP will destroy anything they can't own.

    by AnnieR on Fri May 17, 2013 at 08:44:00 AM PDT

  •  I decided last night that I'm going to (0+ / 0-)

    wait a month or so before I watch another Rachel Maddow show.  I've heard all I care to hear about how atrocious the Justice Department was in examining the phone records of the AP.

    The DHS has been listening to phone calls made by many citizens without notification.  Actual phone calls, not just phone numbers called.

    The religious fanatics didn't buy the republican party because it was virtuous, they bought it because it was for sale

    by nupstateny on Fri May 17, 2013 at 11:15:59 AM PDT

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