Legal malpractice

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on May 14, 2010

I must confess that I’ve been outraged by the Obamacare law, but I haven’t read it. It’s well over 2,000 pages and I have something roughly resembling a life, so I haven’t read it and I don’t plan on reading it.

The controversial Arizona immigration law is 19 pages long and I have read the entire thing. I’d read the entire thing before I even commented on the topic.

This makes me a far more responsible individual than the Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder. I know, I’m not setting a very high bar there. Ever since the Arizona measure became law, Holder has been out front decrying it. He even appeared on the Sunday talk shows bashing the law and threatening a lawsuit.

Thursday, in testimony before a House oversight committee, Holder admitted that he’d never read the law that he’s been attacking – though he expects to do so soon.

“I’ve just expressed concerns on the basis of what I’ve heard about the law. But I’m not in a position to say at this point, not having read the law, not having had the chance to interact with people are doing the review, exactly what my position is,” Mr. Holder told the House Judiciary Committee.

This weekend Mr. Holder told NBC’s “Meet the Press” program that the Arizona law “has the possibility of leading to racial profiling.” He had earlier called the law’s passage “unfortunate,” and questioned whether the law was unconstitutional because it tried to assume powers that may be reserved for the federal government.

Rep. Ted Poe, who had questioned Mr. Holder about the law, wondered how he could have those opinions if he hadn’t yet read the legislation.

“It’s hard for me to understand how you would have concerns about something being unconstitutional if you haven’t even read the law,” the Texas Republican told the attorney general.

Remember during the Bush administration when Democrats were complaining left and right about “the politicization of the Justice Department?” Well, it wasn’t politicized then, but it certainly is now. This faux outrage is all about politics and not about the law.

Eric Holder may turn out to be the worst attorney general since the Nixon administration.


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