John Aravosis is having another one of his patented fits, this time because Holder dared pointing out that attacking lawyers for the viewpoints and actions of their clients is antithetical the way our legal system operates:
“Paul Clement is a great lawyer and has done a lot of really great things for this nation. In taking on the representation–representing Congress in connection with DOMA, I think he is doing that which lawyers do when we’re at our best,” Holder said during a roundtable with reporters at the Justice Department. “That criticism, I think, was very misplaced.”
Holder also compared the criticism of Clement to the attacks on Justice Department lawyers for their past work for detainees at Guantanamo. “It was something we dealt with here in the Department of Justice…The people who criticized our people here at the Justice Department were wrong then as are people who criticized Paul Clement for the representation that he’s going to continue,” Holder added.
The Americablog gay reaction to that:
What is Eric Holder doing freelancing in the defense of anti-gay bigots? Then again, Eric Holder is no friend of civil rights. He spent two years not only defending DOMA when he didn’t have to, he even had his agency outright lie to the entire world about that defense. We have no choice but to defend the law in court, Holder had his people lie to us repeatedly and publicly. Holder then had his people go to court and use one of George Bush’s own DOMA briefs to defend the law. Holder had his people invoke incest and pedophilia to justify anti-gay prejudice. And Holder claimed he knew nothing about the anti-gay anti-marriage effort in Maine, one week before the vote to repeal our rights, when he was in the state. With a track record like that against any other minority, Holder would have been out on his ass long ago. But because our attorney general keeps taking swipes at gays and lesbians, somehow it’s okay.
So with all due respect, no one cares what the Obama administration’s biggest defender of homophobia Eric Holder has to say about DOMA or its GOP defenders. Holder always had a special place in his heart for DOMA, so it’s no wonder that he’s yet again finding a way to defend its anti-gay bigotry.
Putting all that aside, what is wrong with the Obama administration that a cabinet secretary feels that he can just screw over a key Democratic constituency on probably the most important civil rights issue in our community, marriage?
How pointing out that both sides in the legal case over DOMA deserve legal representation is “screwing over a key Democratic constituency” is simply beyond me. OUTRAGE! I’M MAD! LOOK AT ME! RRARRARRGH! Look at me! Look at me!
There is a reason we came up with the term “Manic Progressive.”