Kiss my ever lovin’ Black…
OK, so bear with me here: In Mulholland Falls, a vastly underrated Noir movie, Nick Nolte is an LA cop. He has an affair with Jennifer Connelly and is investigating her death. The FBI, in an effort to get him to back off, serves a search warrant on his house and leaves the the photographic proof of the affair for Nick Nolte’s wife to find. Nick Nolte then goes to the Federal Building to explain (with a blackjack and his boot) to the FBI that this conduct is unacceptable. The FBI crossed a line that you can’t walk back. But the Feds already sent the proof of the affair to his wife. She already saw it. The horse is already out of the barn, so to speak, and they lost their leverage to control Nolte. By the time the FBI figures this out, Nolte is in the midst of an epic beatdown.
The Congress, specifically the GOP in the House, has already sent Eric Holder’s wife the metaphorical pictures. They held him in contempt; they treated him with contempt. What else are they going to do to him, talk harshly? Make frowny faces ? There is nothing left for the GOP to do, so forget ‘em if they can’t take a joke.
My read of the situation is simple: Eric Holder wanted to retire. Rarely do people serve two full terms as major Cabinet appointees. But Holder knows two things. First, there is no way President Obama will be able to confirm a strong liberal AG again. Second, the GOP wants him gone so they can rig the next two election cycles with insane racist political bullshit. Yes, I said rig and I meant it. Since he has to stick around, anyway, he decided to go to the mattresses.
The attacks on Holder have been relentless, racialized, and unhinged. They have almost nothing to do with what the GOP is articulating. Rather, the attacks are all about suppressing the black vote. Again, this is my read on the situation, but I’m fairly comfortable making the argument. Here is why: Blacks overperformed – especially in northern industrial states and surprisingly purple Southern ones – during the 2012 election. Just like dismantling ACORN was about census numbers and about derailing the possibility of having a group of people capable of working in economically-disadvantaged neighborhoods, the attacks on Holder are about suppression and leverage.
The GOP can see the writing on the wall. They see that Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania are all in trouble. That Virginia this cycle and North Carolina and Florida in 2014 are also leaning our way. They see these things and they started doing the math. Black turnout played a role in swinging each of those states. There was a broader coalition but the other coalitions broke in a mixed way. The Black vote was 93-7. In some places it was 100%. There were districts, dozens and dozens of them, where Mitt Romney recorded zero votes. Think about that.
The GOP is facing a landslide in 2014. Bachmann jumping ship with her massive fundraising capabilities ($23 million in the 2012 cycle) should act as a wakeup call to the GOP. They are in for some serious problems, and the black vote going 95-5 is a catastrophe. The Hispanic vote, headed in the same direction, is likewise problematic, but the main point here is that Eric Holder prevents the GOP from blocking the black vote. Oh, they can slow us down. Seven hours to vote in Maryland let alone Ohio and Florida, shows that they can slow us down. But they can’t stop us, and they can’t appeal to us.
So, Holder has to go if the GOP is to have a chance statewide in any state with a black population. That’s my take on the politics of the Holder push in the Congress. The media, owned by corporations and solipsistic in their evaluation of anything, either misses that point or chooses to ignore it. Either way, they don’t have the muscle to push Holder out and neither does the Congress. Eric Holder knows that and has told the House GOP to, metaphorically, kiss his black ass. Amen, brother.