Oh, goody. Eric Holder changed his mind. Reuters reports that the attorney general, whom it describes as “a lightning rod of criticism from Republicans,” is staying put. Despite dropping broad hints in November that he would likely join the mass exodus of post holders in Obama’s cabinet, Holder confirmed through a White House spokesman on Wednesday that he will remain the nation’s top law enforcer – at least until the investigation of Fast and Furious resumes, at which time the AG may find himself leaving involuntarily.
Reuters intimates that Holder’s decision may be informed by his advisory role in in Vice President Joe Biden’s task force on finding ways to reduce gun violence. Newsbusters dredged up a 1995 video that reveals that Holder’s position on that subject is as fair and reasoned as his position on any number of topics, from the treatment of “his people” by a “nation of cowards” to cavalierly tossing out convictions for voter intimidation.
The video, which follows, is transcribed below.
What we need to do is change the way in which people think about guns, especially young people, and make it something that’s not cool, that it’s not acceptable, it’s not hip to carry a gun anymore, in the way in which we’ve changed our attitudes about cigarettes. You know, when I was growing up, people smoked all the time. Both my parents did. But over time, we changed the way that people thought about smoking, so now we have people who cower outside of buildings and kind of smoke in private and don’t want to admit it.
In the meantime, it appears that the Newtown massacres have changed the way people think about guns, but not in the direction Holder has in mind. Politico reports that The National Rifle Association acquired more than 100,000 new members in the last 18 days.
Howard Portnoy has written for HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, and The George Espenlaub Show.
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