Are The Long Knives Coming Out For Eric Holder?
this NYT story, it seems that something serious is really going on behind closed doors. While there was a lot of talk in the first term about the White House as a “boys’ club,” the smart money has always pointed to Valerie Jarret and the First Lady as the President’s closest and most trusted advisors on a range of subjects. According to the Times, it’s Holder’s links to these two that cement his hold on the Justice Department.If that’s the right reading (and when DC leakers get to work in a backstabbing frenzy, truth his hard to find), then what we could be seeing here is a campaign by the “professionals” and the boys’ club in the West Wing to reduce Valerie Jarrett’s hold on the president by undermining confidence in her judgment and her allies. With Holder wounded by scandal, the boys’ club sees him as a target of opportunity.But there’s something else we can infer from the whispers in the background and the glimpses of daggers drawn. It’s also a sign that despite efforts by some of the White House’s media surrogates to minimize the impact of the scandals now swirling through the press, these stories have legs.Some portion of the White House staff is on a Jonah hunt, trying to figure out who can be thrown overboard to save the ship. You don’t do that if you aren’t worried about the storm. When stories like this start appearing in Democrat-leaning organs like the NYT, it’s a good sign that the scandals are real, and that those in the know in DC are beginning to sweat. In the words that Abe Lincoln took from the Bible, a house divided against itself cannot stand, and that is especially true when the house in question is White.[Image of Eric Holder courtesy Wikimedia]