The New York Times quotes Holder himself on the matter and he doesn't seem to be that concerned:
“We’ve already seen this administration dismiss one case against a political ally — the New Black Panther Party — for no apparent reason,” Mr. Issa and Mr. Smith wrote. “We remain concerned that politicization at the Justice Department once again may result in the administration’s political friends getting a free pass.”There's plenty 'there' there. As for the premise put forth by Issa and Smith, to argue that the New Black Panther Party (NBPP) is not a political ally of this administration is laughable. Forget the voting rights case for a moment. How about the recent recording of former Green Jobs Czar Van Jones and NBPP leader on December 20th talking about how Jones, who was responsible for distributing $40 Billion of the $787 Billion stimulus package? There is AUDIO of Shabazz talking about having some of that money.
Asked about the prospect of oversight hearings and subpoenas involving the New Black Panther case, Mr. Holder said, “there is no ‘there’ there.”
“The notion that this made-up controversy leads to a belief that this Justice Department is not color-blind in enforcement of civil rights laws is simply not supported by the facts,” he said. “All I have on my side with regard to that is the facts and the law.”
As for answering to Smith and Issa about how the NBPP voting rights case was handled, Holder is dismissing any accusations that it was mishandled. I find it mildly disturbing that he and Smith seem to be a little to chummy. There is a leadership vacuum the Tea Party expects to be filled by Issa and Smith and they better fill it because they're being watched very carefully.
h/t Weasel Zippers.