Eric Holder’s newly discovered sense of remorse

Rhett and Scarlett

One of the best lines in Gone With The Wind isn’t “I’ll think about it tomorrow” or “Frankly, my dear. I don’t give a damn.” Instead, it’s “You’re like the thief who isn’t the least bit sorry he stole but is terribly, terribly sorry he’s going to jail.”  Rhett offers the immortal gem to Scarlett when she’s weeping over the fact that her un-womanly role running her second husband’s business led to her husband’s getting killed when he took part in a KKK raid against some men who tried to assault her.

I love Rhett’s line because it goes to the heart of true remorse and repentance.  If your only concern is that you got caught, you don’t care about the crime, you worry only about your punishment.

What brought that classic line into my head is a line that appears in a Daily Beast article about the beleaguered Holder, whose finger has been caught in way too many cookie jars and, if you’ll excuse a flying leap into another metaphor, whose chickens are now coming home to roost:

But for Attorney General Eric Holder, the gravity of the situation didn’t fully sink in until Monday morning when he read the Post’s front-page story, sitting at his kitchen table. Quoting from the affidavit, the story detailed how agents had tracked Rosen’s movements in and out of the State Department, perused his private emails, and traced the timing of his calls to the State Department security adviser suspected of leaking to him. Then the story, quoting the stark, clinical language of the affidavit, described Rosen as “at the very least … an aider, abettor and/or co-conspirator” in the crime. Holder knew that Justice would be besieged by the twin leak probes; but, according to aides, he was also beginning to feel a creeping sense of personal remorse.  (Emphasis mine.)

Yup, a “creeping sense of personal remorse.”  Remorse that he committed so many acts of wrong doing?  I doubt it.  I think Holder’s just “terribly, terribly sorry” that his sins have finally caught up with him.

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  • Gringo

    Remorse that he got caught-nails it. If there has been a worse Attorney General than Holder in my lifetime, I am not aware of it. Yes, I was alive and kicking when John Mitchell was Attorney General. Holder treats his office as an opportunity to reward friends and punish enemies.

  • David Foster

    But Holder is needed to be 1/2 of the perfect dream ticket for 2016.


    The Kübler-Ross model came to mind..Holder is still at Stage III level.  I truly see him as a cancer.  Justice will prevail only if he succumbs to Obamacare in all of its current manifestations and scandals.
    Bargaining (the interview stage currently)

  • Libby

    If Holder doesn’t yet feel remorse (creeping or otherwise) over Fast and Furious, an illegal Obama administration initiative with a serious body count,  then I doubt he even has a twinge of regret over monitoring the press. He’s still in contempt of Congress for not providing Fast and Furious documents, right?

  • JohnC

    Hunters feel more remorse for the food they bring home.

  • Ymarsakar

    Every single member in good standing with the Left feels no regret. That is what makes them powerful and dedicated to the cause. Something that people who are just interested in surviving at the mall cannot contest.
    This isn’t just some old farts at the top that are incompetent or corrupt or being “fools”.

  • DL Sly

    Holder is feeling remorse only in the fact that he stepped on the wrong toes.  That’s all.  They may be lapdogs, but they are, in the end, nothing but dogs, and dogs will bite when they feel threatened.