Holdering On

Jill Lawrence wants to know if this is "the end" for Eric Holder:

The attorney general has been in the middle of controversies over whether to shut down Guantanamo Bay prison and whether to try suspected terrorists in U.S. courts. He has defended the U.S. right to wage drone strikes, to stage the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, and to use lethal force against a leader of al-Qaida who was also U.S. citizen.

He also was a lightning rod for conservative complaints about Fast and Furious, a federal sting that allowed U.S. weapons to fall into the hands of suspected gun smugglers on the theory that they could then be tracked to Mexican drug cartels. Instead, hundreds of the guns went missing, and many of them have been linked to crimes. One of them was the December 2010 killing of Brian Terry, a border patrol agent.

Lawrence says it's "unclear how Holder fits into the latest firestorm."

But isn't that the problem here? We have a four-year-old running history of increasing lawlessness and abuses of power, either at the behest of, or right under the nose of our nation's chief law enforcement officer.

He should have been gone a long time ago, and it's shameful that the press began to pay real attention only once they'd found out the AG had gone after one of its own.