The Eric Holder Resignation Bandwagon is growing, and apparently, Eric Holder is upset about it.
Matthew Boyle at the Daily Caller has done nice work chronicling the EHRB movement on Capitol Hill. Holder chewed out the publication yesterday. No dice. Boyle reports today that GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia is the first in the Senate to go on record demanding Holder’s resignation.
There will no doubt be more GOP Senators following in his footsteps.
But as I pointed out last night on Twitter, Isakson was 1 of 19 Senate GOPers who voted to confirm Holder despite his Clinton-era corruption.
The Johnny-come-latelys had all the evidence they needed more than two years ago during his confirmation hearings that Holder would trample over the rule of law, put politics above national security, and make a mess of the DOJ.
They confirmed him, anyway. And now, they’re griping about the corruptocrat they put into office.
Flashback Feb. 2, 2009:
The full roll call vote is up.
Here are your 19 Bend Over Republicans who voted yes on Holder. Some disappointing names on the list in addition to the usual suspects:
…Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.) had seriously considered voting against Holder but eventually supported him.
“I found Mr. Holder to be a good listener, which is an important prerequisite for any good leader,” said Bond, the ranking Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee. “I believe him when he says that he’s willing to take good ideas from wherever they come.”
The former Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee will support Eric Holder’s nomination for attorney general, giving him a major boost toward confirmation.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (Utah), who chaired the panel for a decade beginning in 1995, told The Hill that he will support Holder.
“I intend to,” said Hatch.
His decision could undermine GOP efforts to stall or block the confirmation. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) said Friday that Holder would be the only Cabinet nominee to face a tough confirmation fight.
Hatch said that Republicans should try to strike a cooperative tone with President-elect Obama during the first days of his administration.
“I start with the premise that the president deserves the benefit of the doubt. I don’t think politics should be played with the attorney general,” he said.
“I like Barack Obama and want to help him if I can.”
Holder’s GOP rubber-stampers should have listened to the victims of Eric Holder’s malfeasance.
We need a conservative takeover of the U.S. Senate — and officeholders who will refuse to pander and capitulate at confirmation time in the spirit of bipartisanship.
As the Eric Holder Resignation Bandwagon grows, use my handy list to compare GOP Senators’ election-year words with their confirmation-year actions.