Monday, May 14, 2012

GOP fears racial backlash

Republican leadership in Congress continues to drag its feet in going after Attorney General Eric Holder concerning the ATF's ill conceived Operation Fast and Furious. If a line in a Roll Call report gives a clue, Holder's race is a factor in the GOP's weak kneed approach:
A GOP aide also warned against a racial backlash if Republicans are seen as unfairly targeting the first black attorney general, who is serving under the first black president. “Especially after Trayvon,” the aide said, referring to slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
Hundreds of people are dead because, by some estimates, thousands of guns were allowed to pass across the border into the hands of Mexican drug cartels - all with the blessings of a U.S. federal agency that reports to Holder.

Fast and Furious has been under congressional investigation for well over a year. If Holder continues to refuse to comply with requests for documents from a duly authorized Congressional oversight committee, it's past time Congress moves forward in a clear and decisive manner. Further delay will likely be cited as proof by opponents that the investigation Republicans started really is just a political witch hunt.

Republican House leadership needs to show us now if it's serious about pursuing real answers in Fast and Furious, or if it plans to play the investigation as partisan game that will likely end up diminishing the party's credibility with voters across the political spectrum.

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