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This website hasn’t devoted a whole lot of energy to the “Fast and Furious scandal,” a botched U.S. Department of Justice sting that deliberately introduced more than 2,500 guns into the North American marketplace in the hopes of busting Mexican drug cartels.

Don’t get us wrong … we think the scandal is a very big deal, and we would echo calls for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to resign in the wake of the debacle.

It’s not just the boneheaded premise behind the operation, mind you – or the fact that a U.S. Border Agent was among the 300 people murdered with these guns – it’s the fact that Holder’s department tried to cover the whole mess up, threatening employees who blew the whistle on the scam with the loss of their jobs.

Of course in Holder’s world, there’s a simple explanation for the criticism he’s receiving over this botched operation and the attempted cover-up that followed it.

“This is a way to get at the president because of the way I can be identified with him – both due to the nature of our relationship and, you know, the fact that we’re both African-American,” Holder in a Sunday interview with The New York Times.

Wait … what? Did Holder seriously just play the race card? On his own critics as well as those of U.S. President Barack Obama?

Indeed he did …

He also singled out an “extreme segment” of angry white America – presumably the same people the professional left were itching to blame for the Tucson shooting back in January (before it became clear that the tragedy was the work of a lone nut).

Amazing, isn’t it?

Rather than accepting responsibility for a scandal that would have resulted in any otherAttorney General being crucified by the mainstream media a long time ago, Holder is seeking to shift the blame for his failure while demonizing his critics. Sadly, such an approach is par for the (golf) course for this administration.

Fortunately, it’s not as easy to play the race card these days as it once was … especially when the play is being made by someone who is clearly looking to evade responsibility for their own incompetence. In fact, all Holder’s ill-advised and unfounded allegations have done is to draw additional scrutiny on this brewing scandal.