Attorney General Holder has had 2 years to come up with why the Black Panthers in Philadelphia didn't face any consequences for voter intimidation in the 2008 election. This, apparently, was his best shot.
Holder's frustration over the criticism became evident during a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing as Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) accused the Justice Department of failing to cooperate with a Civil Rights Commission investigation into the handling of the 2008 incident in which Black Panthers in intimidating outfits and wielding a club stood outside a polling place in Philadelphia.
The Attorney General seemed to take personal offense at a comment Culberson read in which former Democratic activist Bartle Bull called the incident the most serious act of voter intimidation he had witnessed in his career.
"Think about that," Holder said. "When you compare what people endured in the South in the 60s to try to get the right to vote for African Americans, and to compare what people were subjected to there to what happened in Philadelphia—which was inappropriate, certainly that…to describe it in those terms I think does a great disservice to people who put their lives on the line, who risked all, for my people," said Holder, who is black.
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Ok, fine Attorney General Holder, even though what they did really was the same thing we'll say the Black Panthers actions at that polling place in 2008 wasn't as bad as what blacks in the South had to endure 50 years ago.
Now why did you go easy on them?
I'll take any excuse at this point...free fist pumping lessons, a discount on membership dues, they formed a taxpayer funded union...
I'd even accept this...
Maybe ignoring time and labor on this case was a result of the DOJ really just doing its part to pitch in and reduce the deficit.