U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder may be found in contempt of the U.S. House of Representatives for failing to turn over documents related to the Justice Department’s tragically botched “Fast and Furious” operation.

Barack Obama’s embattled top prosecutor has been facing heat over the scandal for months – alternately stonewalling and alleging that racism was behind the investigation.

For those of you unfamiliar with this debacle, the federal government dumped thousands of guns into the hands of Mexican drug cartels in an effort to trace them and make arrests.  Pretty bizarre behavior for a government that’s incessantly looking for ways to limit your right to bear arms, isn’t it?

Anyway, the operation failed miserably – and even resulted in the death of a U.S. Border Patrol officer. Not only that, Holder’s Justice Department attempted to cover up the mess.

Sure, Republicans are looking to score cheap points against Obama on this issue, but Holder has given them more than sufficient rope to do that. Wait … was that analogy racist? Because God knows we don’t want to offend Holder’s delicate sensibilities.

Politics and political correctness aside, though, the facts of this case are painfully obvious: Holder’s agency concocted a boneheaded program that failed miserably (with fatal consequences). It then sought to cover its tracks, and when that didn’t work Holder played the race card.

Does he deserve to be held in contempt for all this? Yes … but more importantly he deserves to be shit-canned.

UPDATE: The Obama administration has declared the documents sought by the U.S. House to be “privileged.”

“I write now to inform you that the President has asserted executive privilege over the relevant post-February 4, 2011, documents,” Deputy Attorney General James Cole. “We regret that we have arrived at this point, after the many steps we have taken to address the Committee’s concerns and to accommodate the Committee’s legitimate oversight interests regarding Operation Fast and Furious.”