I think Juan Williams needs to put the crack pipe down and start dealing with reality. Several years into an investigation that has resulted in hundreds of deaths in Mexico–not to mention the murder of Brian Terry–thanks to Eric Holder’s gun-running scheme, and now we’re told it’s not only a witch hunt, but a monstrous witch hunt.
But Issa — like Captain Ahab in his sinking ship — continues to go farther out, beyond the limits of rigorous oversight. He is now in uncharted waters where Democrats are charging that Issa, lacking evidence of wrongdoing, is hauling on board rumors and innuendo in a purely political attempt to defame Holder and hurt the president.
Leading Democrats are now openly saying that Issa’s investigation has nothing to do with guns crossing the border and everything to do with Issa’s political desire to destroy Holder.
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the top Democrat on the Oversight committee, asserts that Issa’s effort has degenerated into an “election–year witch hunt against the Obama administration.” Note that Cummings did not say Issa is after the truth of Fast and Furious. He is instead charging that Issa wants to reel in Holder to get Obama.
The Democrats note that “gun-walking” operations began under President George W. Bush in 2006. The first plan, called “Operation Wide Receiver,” resulted in hundreds of guns ending up in the hands of suspected arms dealers and some reaching Mexico. The scheme was plotted in response to criticism that the federal government was doing nothing to stop gun trafficking to Mexico. Republicans in Congress did not raise concerns about the Bush program, even after the initial slip-up.
Issa is also exposing his committee to the possibility of a racial backlash.
The most influential civil rights group in Washington, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, charged in a May 7 letter to Issa that he is pursuing “a rush to judgment intended to create a stain on the office of the Attorney General.”
The letter continued: “The development is particularly disturbing because of the exemplary job the Attorney General has done in enforcing the nation’s civil rights.”
So as with everything with the left, it all comes down to race. No surprise there.