In the excitement over the Massachusetts Miracle, conservatives should not lose sight of other issues that are gifts that can keep on giving. On one of them, I dare say that we at the Washington Times have provided a leadership role. And the White House should be sweating. Yesterday, in a comprehensive analysis, we show why the scandal of the Obama/Holder Justice Department killing a voter intimidation case against members of the New Black Panther Party may well reach into the White House itself. Confirmation came the very same day when Hans von Spakovsky of Heritage wrote at NRO that he independently reached the same basic conclusions.
To quote a key paragraph from Hans’ excellent analysis,
Did White House officials order Perrelli to dismiss this case? If so, which officials? These questions may help explain why the Justice Department has refused to provide almost any information about this case, despite clear law that it must “cooperate fully” with the Commission on Civil Rights. The department is even asserting privileges that do not exist in response to the commission’s subpoenas, such as the need to protect against disclosures that would “undermine its ability to carry out its mission.”
The Washington Times’ final paragraph says much the same thing:
In short, almost all of Mr. Perrelli’s key White House meetings coincide almost perfectly with key decisions and developments in the New Black Panther Party case. Yet the Justice Department continues to insist that there was no political interference involved in the decision – despite the lengthy political ties between New Black Panther Jerry Jackson and the Democratic Party, the long-standing personal ties between the key Justice Department officials and President Obama, and the long-simmering ideological dispute within the Justice Department about whether the department should indeed aggressively fight for civil rights protections for white voters, or just for minorities.
Again, these articles came out virtually simultaneously. The analyses were done independently. And both suggest White House involvement.
When Republicans are suspected of interfering in ongoing Justice Department investigations, all hell breaks loose. When Republican administrations claim all sorts of privileges against outside investigations, all hell breaks loose. When Republican administrations stiff the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, all hell breaks loose. When Republican administrations stiff-arm Congress, and aggregate power in the executive, and promote secrecy over transparency, and are accused of abetting voter intimidation, all hell breaks loose and loose and loose again. When, therefore, is the establishment media going to pay attention and unleash the hell that this case merits? And when are Republican senators, or the GOP leadership specifically in both congressional chambers, going to go before the cameras and make this the big issue it should be? When is some brave soul at the White House press briefing going to ask about it, on camera?
This isn’t about some “gotcha” scandal, it’s about policy. Simply put, do civil rights laws protect everybody, or do they just affect minorities? And does transparency apply to all governments, or just to Republican ones? And does politicization of the Justice Department only become a sin when conservatives (allegedly) do it, or is it a sin when radical liberals do it far more flagrantly?