He knows a coward when he sees one

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on February 20, 2009

Attorney General Eric Holder made news this week when he (incorrectly) accused Americans of being too cowardly to talk about race. The real problem is too much talk about race, not too little.

As many have noted, and I've personally experienced, talking about race can get you in trouble. Lawyers suggest you not take up Holder's challenge.

I give the final word on Holder's assessment about what is cowardly to former federal prosecutor Andy McCarthy:

I can't help but remember the time when our hero marched right into the Oval Office, looked Clinton squarely in the eye, and said:

"Mr. President, this is just wrong.  You can't sell a pardon to an international fugitive who defrauded the United States out of millions of dollars and traded with Iran while Khomeini was holding American hostages.  I can't be a part of this.  I understand you don't want to hear it, sir, but you need to know the evidence our Justice Department prosecutors have against this guy.  And sure, I know his lawyer — our friend Jack Quinn — might get really angry at me and not help make me the next Attorney General.  But you know, sometimes when you see something that is just so wrong, you have to have the courage to stand up and be counted.  It's like I told you a year ago while I was almost bitterly objecting and nearly thought about threatening to resign when we pardoned those FALN guys to help Hillary's campaign in New York:  Though this administration has proudly thought of itself as an ethical melting pot, in things corrupt we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially an administration of cowards."

Like I said, "I'm sure Eric will be a superb AG."

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