The Ten Kinds of Republican Reactions to Eric Holder's Resignation

House and Senate Republicans want you to know they're very happy about this.
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"Republicans cheer Holder resignation" is as dog-bites-man as stories come. Republicans had been demanding Holder's resignation ever since the early days of the investigation into Fast and Furious, the gun-running sting that was not actually Holder's idea. Seriously: Three whole years ago, The Daily Caller was asking Republicans whether they wanted Holder to resign. Almost all of them said "aye." It got so heated that Holder was photographed wagging his finger at TheDC's Neil Munro, telling his site to "stop this" totally non-"organic" campaign to make him look like he going to resign in disgrace.

They didn't get the disgrace, but Republicans got the resignation. Across Twitter, across the busy election-time press release shops, I count at least 10 kinds of Holder touchdown dances.

1. Rhyming.

2. Snark.


3. Snark, but more in sorrow than anger. (Note that the sender of this tweet was the first beneficiary of the Chamber of Commerce's 2013/2014 campaign to stop the GOP from nominating wild-eyed loser candidates.)

4. White-hot outrage that is too hot for commas.

5. Simplicity.


6. Misplaced optimism.

7. Remembering the time you totally nailed that guy.

8. Forgetting the Civil War.


9. Reminding people that the contempt vote was really very popular at the time.


10. Building up your campaign e-mail list.


Cornyn's campaign link calls Holder the man "responsible for Fast and Furious," which is not what the DOJ's IG called him. Did the campaign miss a step? Not at all. You might not have noticed it, unless you read conservative media, but it's been just a month or so since an Obama appointee to the D.C. circuit asked the White House to turn over a log of documents related to the scandal. 

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