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BASHING ERIC HOLDER AND OTHERS HAS BEEN JUST ANOTHER WAY TO GET AT PRESIDENT OBAMA.   AND AGAIN, IT SEEMS TO BE BACKFIRING



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No Holds BarredDarrell Issa's committee has disgraced itself in its treatment of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

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As events have unfolded in the Eric Holder contempt saga, there's one thing that's become painfully obvious:   Clarence Thomas never really had a clue as to what it's like being the target of a "high-tech lynching."

As President Barack Obama , Van Jones , Shirley Sherrod , Valerie Jarrett , or Sonya Sotomayor might privately attest, there's been a long and dreadful hunting expedition undertaken by a seething, boisterous claque of hate-filled anti-Obama ideologues who are simply unwilling to accept the outcome of the 2008 Presidential election.   And like the President and the rest of them, Holder has been among these anti-Obama partisans' designated prey.  

But the public spotlight that's been cast upon the harsh going-over the Attorney General has received from Darrell Issa and company presents a perhaps deeper, more revealing indication of the bitterness which lurks within the contempt some hold for this President.

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It's become Issa's turn to inculcate life into one of the many outlandish wolf tickets sold by Obama's GOP opponents; that of the need for " hundreds of hearings " into the goings on within the administration.   Judging by his treatment of Holder, Issa seems to pursue his perceived mandate based on an underlying principle: for this particular President, there are no rights or privileges -- including executive privilege -- in which they are bound to respect.  

For those to whom Issa pandering is directed -- Tea Party congressional Republicans and their constituents -- deleting the legitimacy of this presidency from the historical record is the ultimate goal to be pursued one small step at a time. Indeed it's a breathtaking example of political chutzpah.   After all, it comes from a party that offers fawning tributes to the concept of democracy and American "exceptionalism" even though its last presidency was secured -- at least initially -- via a selection process that any democracy-lover would view as perverted; by judicial fiat .

But another part of this disdain stems from their unyielding certainty that the "socialist," Constitution-loathing Obama Administration is hell-bent on stripping away their rights, including perhaps their most sacred, the right to own guns.

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Anthony Barnes, of Boston, Massachusetts, is a free-lance writer who leans toward the progressive end of the political spectrum. "When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to (more...)
 
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