VIDEO Holder hasn’t yet read Arizona bill
Is the Obama administration the most incompetent administration evah? Or do they just strive to appear it?
Case in point:
The Attorney General of the United States goes on TV and declares that the Arizona immigration law “may lead to racial profiling” and that is considering whether or not “it is something that we can file a lawsuit based on federal pre-emption grounds, whether we think that the law as enacted could violate federal civil rights statutes.
As it turns out, he’s considering suing over something he hasn’t even bothered to read, even when he was scheduled to testify at a Department of Justice oversight hearing of the House Judiciary Committee:
REPRESENTATIVE TED POE, (R-TEXAS): So Arizona, since the federal government totally fails to secure the border desperately then passed laws to protect its own people. The law is supported by 70 percent of the people in Arizona, 60 percent of all Americans, and 50 percent of all Hispanics according to the Wall Street Journal/NBC poll done just this week. And I understand that you may file a lawsuit against the law. Seems to me the Administration ought to be enforcing border security and immigration laws and not challenge them, and that the Administration is on the wrong side of the American people. Have you read the Arizona law?
ERIC HOLDER, ATTORNEY GENERAL: I have not had a chance to, I’ve glanced at it. I have not read it.
POE: It’s ten pages. It’s a lot shorter than the healthcare bill which was 2,000 pages long. I’ll give you my copy of it if you would like to have a copy. Even though you haven’t read the law, do you have an opinion as to whether it’s Constitutional?
HOLDER: I have not really, I have not been briefed yet.
So, instead of reading the 16-page bill, who did Holder rely on for his information?
I’ve only made, made the comments that I’ve made on the basis of things that I’ve been able to glean by reading newspaper accounts, obviously, looking at television, talking to people who are on the review panel, on the review team that are looking at the law.
the provisions about which controversy has been stoked run only a few short paragraphs, and the few passages in issue have been amended (by HB 2162) to make crystal clear that the law will only apply in the case of a lawful “stop, detention, or arrest” by law-enforcement — i.e., it would no longer apply in the case of any “lawful contact” by state authorities (as the statute previously read)
Gentle reader, you don’t need to rely on “newspaper accounts…looking at television”, or “talking to people.” You can read the law yourself by clicking on those links.
Holder, who watched on TV instead of reading the bill, also can’t bring himself to saying radical Islam is a cause of terrorism commited by Muslims, either:
Holder, as you may recall, is the man behind the pardons of Marc Rich, 16 FALN terrorists who didn’t even ask to be pardoned, and Susan Rosenberg and Linda Evans — Weather Underground terrorists associated with Obama’s friends Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn. He obviously got his information on all of them by “talking to people,” indeed.
Perhaps that’s what he’s waiting for before he brings himself to recognize radical Islamists for what they are – maybe he feels he hasn’t been “talking to people” enough. Surely that would explain the decision-in-the-making to hold the Khalid Sheikh Mohammed trial in New York City, and those pesky statements about that trial’s outcome.
Which brings me back to my initial question: Is the Obama administration the most incompetent administration evah? Or do they just strive to appear it?
Or, as Andy McCarthy states, The Most Transparently Irresponsible Administration in American History? Or perhaps, as John Hinderaker put it,
It would be possible, no doubt, to assemble an administration lamer than Barack Obama’s but it would take a real effort.
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