"Now seating Holder, party of one!"
Rumors continue to compete with contradictory rumors but here are a few things I have discovered:
There will be no Fifth Amendment Theater tomorrow of the Phoenix US Attorneys being forced to say their "I-don't-wannas" in front of the cameras. There will be only one panel of one -- Eric Holder. This is viewed by many who have been following the investigation as a serious mistake. Said one, "More simple browbeating of Eric Eric Holder without dramatic new evidence to impeach his story is going to look petty, mean and impotent. If they don't present new emails or (other evidence) the average person is going to conclude that they don't HAVE any evidence, which is certainly not the case, but it's going to look like they're just a gang of white guys beating up on the poor little black guy. They'll do what should be impossible -- make Eric Holder look sympathetic, and worse, innocent."
"Not forcing (the attendance of Burke, Cunningham, Hurley and Morrissey) is a big mistake," said another source, who blamed it on "a desire by Boehner and the rest of those weak-kneed assholes (the GOP leadership in the House) to drag this out until they end up impeaching (Eric Holder) in the fall for maximum political advantage to Mitt (Romney)," adding, "but what if it doesn't work out that way?"
Insider defenders of this strategy all point to the fact that this this will not be a grilling in front of another committees such as the previous Judiciary hearing, but of Issa's own committee. Said one confidently, "Issa won't let him off the hook." But this begs the question, how big of a hook does the Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform have in his tackle box and is the GOP leadership willing to let him use it?
I'll try to have more for you tonight, folks, but in the meantime I'm heading north across the river, into the sewer of rumors to find a real turd I can report on.