On the one hand, I’d hate to be a fly on the wall of the White House these days, considering the palpable tension that must certainly exist given the pressures from mounting scandals, the ire of the American people over the chaotic Obamacare rollout and President Obama’s serial deceptions concerning same.
On the other hand, I might quite enjoy being a fly on the wall of the White House these days.
As was widely reported, on Nov. 19, a group of House Republicans introduced a resolution to call for the impeachment of Attorney General Eric Holder. The resolution alleges that Holder committed “high crimes and misdemeanors” during his tenure as head of the Justice Department, specifically relating to Holder’s lack of cooperation during their investigation into the Operation Fast and Furious gun-tracking scandal, his refusal to prosecute individuals involved in the Internal Revenue Services’ targeting of conservative political nonprofit groups, his failure to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act and alleged false testimony regarding the Department of Justice investigating Fox News reporter James Rosen.
Last year, the House voted to cite Holder for contempt of court after he refused to turn over documents relating to Fast and Furious. Holder filed an appeal to prevent that case from going forward last week, but early this week, a federal judge denied his request.
In the meantime, President Obama himself is dealing with (or not, as the case may be) the fallout from millions of Americans discovering that their health insurance is being canceled contrary to his numerous reassurances that this would not occur. Even worse has been their reaction to incontrovertible proof that he uttered numerous reassurances knowing they were fallacious – in other words, he told the granddaddy of all lies … again and again and again.
As a result, not only has the president’s approval rating sharply plummeted, but Democratic lawmakers (who may be progressives, but not necessarily keen on losing their seats or sabotaging the party’s viability for the next 20 years) are distancing themselves from Obama with such speed and in such number that one can almost hear a sucking sound from the resulting atmospheric displacement.
While elements of the press still cling to blaming Republicans, racism and the alignment of heavenly bodies for the Obamacare debacle, unbelievably, some mainstream media venues have recently released information relative to Obamacare and the president’s other travails that is nothing less than damning.
On Nov. 18, the Washington Post published an article detailing the analysis of Healthcare.gov’s problems by the private contractor McKinsey & Co., which revealed that the administration had been advised in late March that the website’s Oct. 1 launch was “fraught with risks.” This and other evidence of the administration’s perfidy is emerging with a frequency unthinkable six months ago. This week, deputy chief information officer of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Henry Chao made the stunning admission during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the possible security risks surrounding Healthcare.gov that 50 percent or more of the federal health insurance exchange system has yet to be built.
Also this week – and carrying the specter of yet another scandal of massive proportions – the New York Post reported that the U.S. Census Bureau may have faked unemployment data in the run up to the 2012 election in a bid to make the administration appear more effective with regard to job creation.
Until very recently, it appeared that Obama could stand before a crowd and advance nearly any notion or proposal – no matter how outrageous it might have sounded to some of us – and millions of Americans were prepared not only to give him the benefit of the doubt, but to climb on board with gusto. For many months now, the refrain of conservatives has been one of disbelief at the magnitude of deception Obama was able to put over and how long it could possibly continue before people saw through it, if ever.
Holder, on the other hand, possesses the uncanny ability to make nearly everything he utters sound like a lie. During the now-familiar testimonies the attorney general has given before Congress, his seemingly annoyed deportment, confused countenance and screwing up of his face (as though there was something unpleasant fermenting in that small patch of fungus residing on his upper lip) just tended to engender suspicion. The tremulous timbre of his voice didn’t help to mitigate this either, giving the impression that he was perpetually trying to worm his way out of something.
Here we have two men (Obama and Holder) of the same ideological bent and operational modality facing the greatest challenges of their tenure of their offices. Both employ the imperious autocracy that occasionally meanders into the area of tyranny in Obama’s case. Unfortunately for them, these traits no longer appear to be serving them as well as in the past. With regard to Obamacare, the president’s lie was so monstrous and its effects so lingering that he may never live it down.
It is an even bet that behind the scenes, given Obama’s newfound vulnerability, his past transgressions – some of which are indeed criminal – are now being considered in a very different light by his heretofore timid political opponents.
While the current furor over Eric Holder’s alleged actions had its genesis some time ago, it is arguable that the recent decision of congressional Republicans to move forward with their case against him is largely political opportunism. If Republican lawmakers are looking toward Obama’s impeachment or other methods by which they might effectively render his position untenable, then Holder would certainly be a good man to have out of the way prior to initiating such effort.
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