Many people have been hard on Attorney General Eric Holder. Whether it's his fear of calling terrorists "terrorists," his glib attacks on Arizona or letting armed thugs off the hook in a voter intimidation case, there's a sense that Holder is a dude with a score to settle against a country that's done a lot for him.
But I disagree. The fact is, Holder is a brilliant man, who predicted his very own behavior back in February 2009.
Remember, it was he who said that the American people are "a nation of cowards" in failing to discuss race. He noted that "certain subjects are off limits and that to explore them risks at best embarrassment and at worst the questioning of one's character."
Odd. Because, as you know, he's now quietly dismissed the voter-intimidation case against the New Black Panther activists, arising from that 2008 incident in Philly.
So a dude standing in front of a voting booth, holding a baton is not intimidating voters? Maybe he was selling tickets to band camp.
But for Holder, exploring that act — to use his words — "risks at best embarrassment and at worst the questioning of one's character."
Holder feels that when it comes to racism, there's one set of rules for whites and another for blacks. And Holder knows that prosecuting a racist "black activist" just won't play at cocktail parties.
Even if it's scum like this:
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SAMIR SHABAZZ, NEW BLACK PANTHER PARTY: I hate white people — all of them. Every last iota of a cracker — I hate him. Because we're still in this condition.
We didn't come out here to play today. There's too much serious business going on in the black community to be out here sliding through South Street with white, dirty, cracker whore (expletive) on our arms.
You want freedom? You're going to have to kill some crackers. You're going to have to kill some of their babies. Let us get our act together.
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Nah — let's go after Jan Brewer instead. She's white and probably not carrying a baton.
And if you disagree with me, you're a racist homophobe who wears fur at a Tea Party.