It is a frightening thing to realize that your top law enforcement officer, the Attorney General of the United States, is a little bit of a Fredo.
But that's what we're faced with as America discovers that Eric Holder either flat-out lied to Congress, or he's too damn stupid to be the AG.
The box is this: On May 15 Holder told Congress that "In regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material -- this is not something I've ever been involved in heard of, or would think would be wise policy."
Yet, we later discover that Holder personally signed off on the James Rosen search warrant.
As the Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin correctly points out:
"If Holder never considered prosecution of journalists including Rosen, then the affidavit laying out a purported criminal case against Rosen was a ruse, a false statement under oath, directed to the court to conduct a wide-ranging dragnet. If, on the other hand, the affidavit which Holder signed off on is true in laying out the case against Rosen, then he didn’t level with Congress. In either event, he needs to come back and explain himself. If he refuses or takes the Fifth, there is no alternative but to name a special prosecutor."
You can almost hear Holder whine about his predicament like older brother Fredo Corleone did when he was judged to be over his head in managing the family business.
"It ain't the way I wanted it! I can handle things! I'm smart! Not like everybody says... like dumb... I'm smart and I want respect!"
Not too loud, Fredo. You don't want to become anymore of a liability to the White House than you already are. And for your own good, you might want to stay off the lake before your next trip under oath to Congress.