Friday, October 14, 2011

Lanny Davis spins for Holder

Lanny Davis, a key lawyer who helped guide embattled President Bill Clinton through impeachment, now opines on behalf of embattled Attorney General Eric Holder.

Davis writes in the Huffington Post
If ever there is an example of hyper-partisanship, the recent personal attacks challenging the honesty and competence of Attorney General Eric Holder regarding the ATF's errors in its "Fast and Furious" gun-tracking program should be Exhibit A. 
In 2008, the same Lanny Davis saw no problem going after questionable allies of Barack Obama if it seemed to favor Obama's Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton.

Consider how Huff Po described Davis in 2008:
Indeed, Davis has gone where others only tread in private. In the wake of revelations over controversial statements of Sen. Barack Obama's former pastor, the Clinton campaign enforced a code of silence. Davis, in contrast, took to the op-ed page of the Wall Street Journal -- enemy turf in progressive circles -- expressing bewilderment about the relationship.
And even before William Ayers and the Weather Underground were thrust into the center of the political debate, Davis was posing questions to Obama on the matter during a segment of Fox News' Hannity and Colmes.

Is it odd that a man who once challenged candidate Obama's questionable ties would be so quick to defend President Obama's attorney general? 
Maybe it's more than Holder and Obama that Davis now seeks to defend. Maybe he acts for the sake of the Democratic Party.
But considering Davis' past ties to the Clintons, it's worth considering that his entry as a champion of Holder may have more to do with Hillary. Are we on the verge of learning about Hillary Clinton's State Department having ties to Fast and Furious?

Clinton has long shown interest in the flow of guns from the U.S. to Mexico. As Secretary of State, Clinton sought to be seen as personally involved in the issue. Consider this report by CBS in 2009:

For the record, Clinton's claim that 90 percent of the guns used by cartels in Mexico come from America has since been debunked. Stratfor, a private global intelligence firm, published an analysis of the claim earlier this year. Fox News had one in April 2009.

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