Senator Cornyn Left in the Dark With His Demand for Holder Resignation

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 and is filed under Blog, Issues

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For the record, we are not big fans of John Cornyn.  As Chairman of the NRSC, he is a prominent member of leadership, and more often than not, has voted with the rest of them.  Nonetheless, he has exhibited more of a fighting spirit than the rest of leadership over the years.  Next year, he will become the new Republican Whip (#2 position), and will likely (hopefully) show stronger leadership than his predecessor.  He certainly did yesterday.

During yesterday’s Judiciary Committee hearing, Senator Cornyn became the first member of Congress to tell Eric Holder to his face that he must resign.  Here is what he had to say:

“You’ve violated the public trust in my view and by failing and refusing to perform the duties of your office.  Mr. Attorney General, it is more with sorrow than anger that I would say that you leave me no alternative but to join those who call upon you to resign your office.”

Mr. Cornyn’s demand is pretty simple.  Eric Holder is, by far, the most corrupt, inept, and malevolent Attorney General in American history.  Holder is a blatant racist who openly admits that he will not prosecute those of his race who are convicted of voter fraud.  Instead he has sued states that pass voter ID laws to uphold the integrity of the vote.  The most egregious aspect of his tenure was his involvement in the Fast and Furious gun running scandal and his serial lying before Congress.

The idea that Eric Holder must resign should be the baseline view of any Republican, shouldn’t it?  Not with this crop of leaders in the Senate.

Honestly, I didn’t think Cornyn’s comments were so newsworthy at first.  Isn’t it obvious to any Republican that Eric Holder must go?  Yet, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to back up Cornyn’s comments and not too many others have joined him in his call for the resignation.  As the Hill reports, none of the other members of leadership wanted to go on record as supporting Cornyn.  Take a look at this milquetoast comment from McConnell:

“We certainly need to have an investigation of what has happened, and I think John Cornyn speaks for a lot of us as to the frustration we feel about not only the national security leaks, the “Fast and Furious” matter — there’s been a whole litany of problems coming out of the Justice Department,” McConnell said.

“I’m listening carefully to what my colleagues are saying. I think we’re all unhappy with the performance of the attorney general,” he said.

Hmm…”We’re unhappy with the performance of the attorney general.” Ya think?

If Mitch McConnell doesn’t have the fortitude to definitively call for Holder’s resignation at a time when it is political expedient, does anyone really think he’ll have the moxie to push for sweeping cuts to government if he is privileged to be Majority Leader next year?

This is yet one more reason why McConnell needs to be replaced as leader.  Maybe we should ask John Cornyn?