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TheDC Morning: Holder picks up 52 calls for his resignation

1.) Holder picks up 52 calls for his resignation — It’s almost that time of year when we get together with our loved ones to show gratitude for our blessings. Do you think Eric Holder will give thanks for Darrell Issa? TheDC’s Matthew Boyle and Vince Coglianese report:

“House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa told The Daily Caller that if Attorney General Eric Holder isn’t ‘doomed’ because of his handling of Operation Fast and Furious, the entire Obama administration is. ‘If the [Obama] administration continues to have full confidence in a failed administration by Eric Holder and Lanny Breuer, then ultimately the administration is going to be doomed,’ Issa told TheDC during an interview in San Diego on Saturday. ‘Eric Holder seems to have the full confidence of the president, and I can’t understand why…’ Issa’s comments about Holder’s fate, and President Barack Obama’s continued willingness to protect his scandal-plagued attorney general, come as 52 members of Congress are demanding Holder’s immediate resignation… Those calling for Holder’s resignation believe Holder is either incompetent or dishonest. His controversial appearances on Capitol Hill have led to speculation that he misled Congress about his knowledge of Fast and Furious, and about when he first learned of the failed gun-walking program. Obama’s refusal to hold Holder accountable for Fast and Furious — along with his administration’s continued willingness to stonewall Congressional investigators — is taking a center stage heading into the 2012 election season.”

Is it really fair to say Eric Holder is incompetent or dishonest? Are the two things mutually exclusive? Hang in there, Eric and Barry. Give it another 50 weeks and the decision will be made for you.

2.) Obama and Corzine sittin’ in a tree, F-A-I-L-I-N-G — Obama really knows how to pick ‘em, doesn’t he? Another beneficiary of his impeccable judgment: Jon Corzine. TheDC’s David Martosko reports:

“In a 2009 campaign ad that first surfaced online on November 10, Jon Corzine, then the sitting governor of New Jersey, boasted the strong endorsement of President Barack Obama. Corzine lost his re-election bid to then-U.S. Attorney Chris Christie, and later became the subject of intense scandal when his brokerage, MF Global Holdings Ltd., filed for bankruptcy protection on October 31. The advertisement shows Obama praising Corzine during a July 16, 2009 campaign appearance in Holmdel, N.J. The ad’s footage shows a large crowd waving signs reading ‘Obama & Corzine: Working together to keep New Jersey working.’ ‘Jon’s a leader who’s been called to govern in some extraordinary times,’ Obama said then. ‘Jon Corzine wasn’t just the first governor to pass an economic recovery plan for his state. He was an ally with the Obama administration in helping us develop a national recovery plan.’ MF Global is the largest U.S. company to seek federal bankruptcy protection since Lehman Brothers filed for Chapter 11 protection in 2008… Business Week has reported that the agency is investigating the movement of approximately $600 million in MF Global client funds. Regulators have not yet located the money, leaving open the possibility that the firm’s clients will not be repaid for their losses under its mismanagement.”

$600 million? With an m? These days that sort of incompetence and/or corruption seems barely worth mentioning. Although if you want to add a couple more zeroes, just look at Corzine and Holder.

3.) Rahm’s latest facepalm — Rahm “What’s a Solyndra?” Emanuel is shocked — SHOCKED! — that some people don’t want Obama to be reelected. TheDC’s Jeff Poor reports:

“Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel explained Sunday that the reason his former boss, President Barack Obama, has been unable to bridge the so-called ‘partisan divide’ as he promised to on the campaign trail is because the overarching goal of Republicans is to destroy the president’s prospects for re-election. ‘I’ve been through people that brought in impeachment, et cetera,’ the former chief-of-staff to President Obama said on ABC’s ‘This Week with Christiane Amanpour.’ ‘Is it bad? Absolutely, there’s gridlock now. Let’s take his example, Christiane. He’s offered a plan, as it relates to dealing with the net — the deficit panel and the debt panel. He’s offered a plan, OK. And what they’ve offered is an ideology. He has offered a grand bargain and they have refused to bargain. The Senate leader for the Republican Party said [his] number one goal is to make President Obama a one-term president. Now, that’s very hard to bring bipartisanship when that’s the operating principle of the other side.’”

Good point, Rahm. We all remember how hard the Democrats worked to get George Bush reelected. We all remember how selflessly they put aside partisanship and ugly rhetoric to work together. Don’t you remember that? The key is to put aside the things you know and trust what you’re told. And if you can’t bring yourself to do that, keep your trap shut. Remember: “Bipartisanship” means doing whatever the Democrats say, without question.

4.) Occupeppered — Bacon and eggs. Peanut butter and jelly. Occupiers and pepper spray. Some things are just meant to go together. But that doesn’t mean everybody has a taste for it. NYDN:

“The University of California, Davis announced it is launching an investigation after a disturbing videotape surfaced showing a police officer in riot gear heavily pepper-spraying a group of student protesters who were seated on the ground on campus. In a statement posted on her website on Saturday afternoon, Chancellor Linda Katehi wrote she would be forming a task force of faculty, students and staff to review the incident. ‘The events of this intervention have been videotaped and widely distributed. As indicated in various videos, the police used pepper spray against the students who were blocking the way. The use of pepper spray as shown on the video is chilling to us all and raises many questions about how best to handle situations like this,’ she wrote.”

If you’re in a place where you’re not supposed to be and you choose to ignore a lawful order to disperse, there’s no better way to gain sympathy for your cause — even if you’re not exactly sure what that cause is — than to provoke the police into responding. If this officer had been forced to put his hands on a protester and injured him or her, maybe permanently, that would’ve been an even better propaganda tool. But this one will do for now. Somewhere, Saul Alinsky is looking up and smiling.

5.) A Matt Labash Thanksgiving — That nutty Labash is at it again. Here he is telling you how to carve up your bird this year:

“At my Thanksgiving table, we traditionally leave the turkey-carving to the one who has had the fewest drinks, and who can saw through bone without losing a finger. So it usually falls to my Puerto Rican houseman, Chulo. Ever since he quit his Christian street gang, Loco Para Cristo, where he committed street crime for Christ, it helps him to stick something in order to have a productive outlet for his righteous anger. Also, he has a lot of experience cutting people/things, and can separate the clavicle from the coracoid with the skill of a surgeon. I’m therefore no expert, since Chulo handles our carving duties. But I have generally found that the sharp, serrated edge of the knife works best on the turkey. While the dull side of the blade is good for whacking lippy children who keep yelling out which part of the bird they want before you’ve asked for their plate.”

You’ll have to read the whole thing to get to the sexism, folks! That’s always the best part of Thanksgiving.

6.) Today’s words of wisdom from Alec Baldwin’s Truther, er, Twitter feed — “If u meet sum good ppl out there, buy ‘em a drink. A coffee. We’re losing good ppl 2 fear/greed in this country. #OccupyYourNeighborhood”

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