Eric Holder seems to be getting more and more desperate as his testimony before a joint session of the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees on December 8th grows nearer.
Yesterday, in a move that can only be described as Nixonian, he tried to intimidate The Daily Caller into killing the story. This clearly has backfired, resulting in even more coverage - albeit in the alternative media.
Even more ominous is the increasing number of House members (now 52, plus two Senators) calling for his resignation before even hearing his testimony. It is hard to imagine that these calls will decrease after he is questioned on the 8th. It is much more likely that even more Representatives will join those now calling for Holder to go.
A wise president would have asked for Holder's resignation by now. President Obama may yet do that - but if he does not, Holder is probably headed for impeachment - and a trial before the Senate.
It is by no means certain that he would not be convicted. As we all know, 2012 is an election year - and many, many senators come from pro-gun states, and many are up for re-election. These senators cannot afford to lose the support of gun owners - and less than 20 senate Democrats voting to convict would spell the end of Holder as Attorney General.
Even if Holder is not convicted, a Senate trial would be an absolute disaster for President Obama as he is running for re-election. It would bring the entire Fast and Furious scandal to the front pages, and could easily cost him several swing states, and therefore the presidency.
We will soon find out if he is smart enough to avoid this by firing Eric Holder.