It's pretty clear at this point that the Republican Guaranteed Presidency ducks are rapidly forming a nice row consisting of a toxic stew of disenfranchisement of anyone who might not vote for the Money Guys' Designated Plunderer. But just in case it doesn't work, and Barack Obama is re-elected, there's always Plan B: Impeachment. Obama is a man of such personal restraint that they'll never get anything as titillating as lying about a blowjob, but that doesn't mean the Republicans won't try to go The Full Clinton on him.
If you aren’t seeing an Obama Administration scandal here, you must not be a rightie. Fast and Furious combines two rightie obsessions, guns and the Mexican border. Oh, and the Obama Administration, never mind that the program began during the Bush Administration. Righties are certain that the Obama Administration planted guns in Mexico as part of a scheme to undermine the Second Amendment. Recently House Oversight Committee member Rep. John Mica (R-FL) said,
“People forget how all of this started. This administration is a gun-control administration. They tried to put the violence in Mexico on the blame of the United States. So they concocted this scheme and actually sending our federal agents, sending guns down there, and trying to cook some little deal to say that we have got to get more guns under control,” Mica said, a theory that is supported by absolutely zero evidence. “That’s how this all started.”
According to everything I can find, “all of this started” in 2006, three years before the Obama Administration took office. Nevertheless, that hasn’t stopped the wingnuts from working themselves into a frenzy over Fast and Furious. House Republicans, Darrell Issa in particular, have striven mightily to jack Fast and Furious up into Obama’s Watergate.
To make a long story short, the House Oversight Committee chaired by Issa, has worked up a nice constitutional crisis by holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt because he didn’t give them evidence confirming what they wanted to believe. This is basically all about destroying the Obama Administration by any means necessary. The President’s evoking executive privilege may be less about a cover up than about rope-a-dope.
It's not hard to believe that the Republicans would turn this into something that feeds into their paranoia about Barack Obama being a secret Islamoterrorist who's going to take their guns away as part of his Evil Master Plan® to obtain dictatorial control over everyone. Last night Rachel Maddow attempted to make sense of this lunacy, including a nice little reprise of her trip to Alaska (heh) during the Lisa Murkowski/Joe Miller primary battle of 2010, in which a young man told her to look at Eric Holder's "voting record", even though Eric Holder has never held elected office.
It's a wonderful piece of video, because it perfectly embodies the right's utter refusal to allow pesky things like FACTS get in the way of their preconceived notions, which have been pre-digested by Fox News, World Nut Daily, and other screaming, frothing nutjobs of the Fantasy Right and vomited into their hungry mouths like a mama bird feeding its young. The difference is that mama bird feeds her young so they can grow up and fly free, whereas the right wing noise machine wants the gaping mouths into which they spew their predigested God-knows-what remain enslaved to their propaganda in perpetuity.
I disagree with Barbara, however, that the executive privilege invocation is part of the mythical 17-dimensional chess game that far too many on my side of the fence seem to think is the Obama modus operandi. This president and the people around him have proven far too inept to pull this kind of Nixonian foot-putting-down. I think it's more a case of the Obama Administration paying far too much attention to the screaming from the right and thinking this is what it has to do in order to make the screaming stop.
And I wonder what it's going to take for them to realize that the screaming will never, ever, ever stop -- not when the Republicans have removed Obama from office through election shenangans or impeachment; not even decades from now, when the Republicans have achieved their Randian dream and may have resorted to mowing down American citizens in the street to try and stop the violence once even the Fox Newsbots can no longer delude themselves that the Job Creators Are Going to Ever Create Jobs. Even then, the right will be blaming Obama. Because after all, he was the Communist Fascist Homosexual Islamic Terroristic Secretive Corrupt Megalomaniac whose fault this is. And oh yeah, he was also a black Democrat, which automatically meant he was all of the above.
They will hound him until the day he, like all of us will inevitably do, leaves this mortal coil. And then they will dig him up and hound him some more.
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