Two things were instantly predictable once we learned that Attorney General Eric Holder is stepping down: first, that conservatives would denounce anyone President Obama appoints to replace him as a liberty-loathing, terrorist-coddling radical, and that the news would bring out the stupidity and bigotry of conservative Twitter.
It took all of a few seconds for the latter prediction to bear out. Linking to a post in which he argued that controversies engulfing Holder did significant damage to the Obama administration, RedState.com founder Erick Erickson called the outgoing attorney general “Obama’s cockblocker”:
Others gleefully seized the opportunity to bring up the Black Panthers again:
In a painful reminder of how rabid right-wingers can’t do humor, many tried their hands at predicting #EricHoldersNextJob:
The derp is deep, but as Katie Halper pointed out, the reactions at least reinforced a few things about right-wing Twitter:
Of course, Holder’s departure generated speculation about who would be next to helm the Justice Department – a perfect opportunity to engage in some pre-emptive sexism and xenophobia:
“I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one,” Voltaire once quipped, 'O Lord make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it.” Holder appears to have shared Voltaire’s prayer.