The Ale And Quail Club Rides Again

So, what is your “favorite” Barack Obama scandal? Don’t restrict yourself to just the latest Obama scandals. We still harken to Exelon and Obama days in Illinois and there’s always Antoin “Tony” Rezko. Go ahead. Pick a favorite. Don’t worry, you have time to decide as the Barack Obama scandals are not going away anytime soon.

The Barack Obama scandals had been scheduled by Big Media to expire this week, but alas alack, the death announcements were premature. If anything here we are at the end of May day and we feel we are on the off season train to Palm Beach with the Ale and Quail Club.



The Obama scandals were supposed to end this past week but instead at the very end of Friday we receive news guaranteed to breathe continued life into the Obama scandals for next week:

“The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) declined Friday afternoon to meet a Senate Finance Committee deadline for answering detailed questions about the origins of the IRS scandal. The questions had been submitted jointly nearly two weeks ago by Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT). [snip]

Baucus and Hatch wanted to know who at the IRS made the decision to target conservative organizations, as well as who was aware of the conduct, and what specific actions they took to address it once they found it. They demanded that the IRS respond to each of the forty-one questions asked “no later than May 31, 2013.”

Does anyone think this is going to shut down the Barack Obama IRS scandal? At the end of next week, June 7, Benghazi answers are due from the State Department in response to a subpoena. Will the stonewall continue? The stonewall will only keep the story boiling hot.

Most likely the stonewall is better than telling the truth because today we read from
McClatchy: IRS targeting of conservatives may go beyond tax-exempt applications. Say what? The IRS story is only going to get worse? Oh my:

“While the developing scandal over the targeting of conservatives by the tax agency has largely focused to date on its scrutiny of groups with words such as “tea party” or “patriot” in their names, these examples suggest the government was looking at a broader array of conservative groups and perhaps individuals. Their collective experiences at a minimum could spread skepticism about the fairness of a powerful agency that should be above reproach and at worst could point to a secret political vendetta within the government against conservatives.

The emerging stories from real people raise questions about whether the IRS scrutiny extended beyond applicants for tax-exempt status and whether individuals who donated to these tax-exempt organizations or to conservative causes also were targeted.

Former IRS leaders have apologized for inappropriate scrutiny of conservative organizations. They haven’t to date, however, divulged who developed the criteria, how they were developed or when and how they extended to groups associated with conservative causes that didn’t have “tea party,” “patriot” or similar catchwords in their names.

Widening congressional investigations and federal lawsuits are likely to reveal more about the scope and intent of the inappropriate treatment of conservative groups by the IRS. The House Ways and Means Committee plans a hearing Tuesday to allow victims to testify for the first time. In earlier hearings, one IRS official pleaded the Fifth to avoid answering questions.”

The stonewall won’t work. Maybe charm will work? This week corrupt Eric Holder gave whorehouse massages to Big Media and promised never to screw them again, promise. It was all a misunderstanding darlin’ I’ll never do that to you again. I’ll never beat you ever ever again. I was just angry and lost my temper and you know you deserved it anyway, right? Kiss me honey. Show me you love me even when I punch you in the face and brutally screw you.

Maybe the ‘I hit you but you deserved it but I’ll change, I promise’ will work. Maybe the hope to change won’t be enough:

“The first is that—unlike the IRS and Benghazi scandals—the facts of the DOJ’s press intrusions are clear and uncontested. We know Justice has seized records of reporters, that Attorney General Eric Holder himself signed onto a warrant that suggested a journalist was a “co-conspirator” in a national-security leak. We also know that government has violated its own guidelines on probing journalists.

So this is a scandal that can’t be ignored or dismissed as a Republican witch hunt. Moreover, it is a scandal that has, for once, outraged two groups that Mr. Obama deeply depends on for his political success: the press and liberal activists. [snip]

The White House’s evasiveness on the press scandal has suddenly got the press corps wondering what else this administration isn’t being straight on.

It has even led to the extraordinary sight of major media outlets this week banding together to boycott meetings planned by Eric Holder to discuss Justice’s press investigations. The organizations balked because the meetings would be off the record. Since the press is not known for resisting the spin of anonymous Obama officials, this reaction is progress.

Will it last?

Not it won’t last. The “probing” will continue and the press will adopt to the “probing”. Street whores are used to getting into novel and awkward positions when they are getting probed. No, it won’t last. But this does provide a chalk outline of the overall Obama strategy on the Obama scandals. Priority #1 is to get the press back on it’s side of the bed and into position for further probing:

“That’s why, of all the scandals, the White House is pouring the most effort into damage control on Justice.”

That’s the ticket. Get Big Media to accept the new positions on their side of the bed, give Big Media a ten cent tip post most excellent probing and that will get them to not cover the IRS and Benghazi scandals – nor the many others.



Will it work? “The particular significance of Justice’s press scandal is that it has deprived Mr. Obama of support at a time when he is vulnerable on so much else.”

If Big Media decides it wants more than a ten cent tip and a slap across the ass and face after they have been probed then hilarity ensues. Next week, the Obama scandals continue. Next up for the spotlight: Benghazi.

Obama On The Beach

Update: Why are the Obama scandals not ending on “End of Obama Scandals Week”? It’s for many reasons we discuss below and for some that are too dumb to check: Holder’s huddle with media on press freedoms will be … off the record. Yup, believe it or not that is the strategy.

We see right through the most transparent president ever and the latest stunt is to have corrupt Eric Holder corrupt the press with an off the record session to explain why it is that his lies are not perjury and why he should be allowed to investigate himself. You really can’t make this stuff up, it is strictly “made in Chicago”.

The shocker in this mess is that the New York Times refuses to go along with this off the truth off the record massage parlor trick. Jake Tapper is on the job mocking the DNC for stating that any news bureau not attending the off the record whorehouse de-briefing “forfeits your right” to gripe.

This is not the way to put down a rabid dog. The Obama scandals which were to be killed this week continue to bark and bite.

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Last week many in Big Media predicted and pre-celebrated the end of Obama scandals on this Memorial Day week. The reasoning was that with congress in recess and Barack Obama again on tour all would soon be well and the Barack Obama scandals forgotten or at least defanged of bite:

“The golden roar of the Obama scandals may whimper to an end today. As Congress adjourns for Memorial Day recess, a ten-day break from hearings, hearings, and more hearings threatens to push the various controversies out of the public eye, leaving the GOP with an urgent problem: how to maintain intensity over the scandals without any congressional machinery to do so. [snip]

But it’s questionable how far any of these narratives can go without Issa’s hearings acting as their engine. As Politico notes, with some despair, the IRS story appears to have run its course. “Congress has hauled virtually every conceivable witness before several committees to testify on their role in the debacle,” Politico wrote, and while everybody got film of themselves beating up on IRS agents for future campaign spots, no link to the White House was established. [snip]

But as the tap of new information increasingly runs dry, the villains of the scandals may start to look less like the officials called before Darrell Issa, and more like Darrell Issa himself.”

Barack Obama today attempted to demonstrate he is in command and that the skies are sunny. Obama went to the Jersey shore, playground of Snookie. But it rained.

Barack Obama on the beach reminded us not so much of a cheerful watery outing but of the apocalyptic novel/film “On The Beach” whose players await slow moving yet inescapable nuclear doom and death even as all appears pleasant and unending.



On the beach, Barack Obama and his Big Media protectors might rejoice. After all, they effusively write, the Obama scandals thus far have not hurt Obama in the polls. Big Media will acknowledge that the Obama scandals eat time and distract from Obama’s goals. Some in Big Media even advise patience because it takes time for the soup and the scandals to come to a boil. Wait About Two Months, Then Check the President’s Approval Rating.

Barack on the beach might hope the scandals will fade away especially with the planned trips to Africa and today’s moment of aw: Chris Christie wins teddy bear on Jersey boardwalk for best friend. Hanging on the Jersey shore will help Christie and his fellow Republicans in this November’s elections score a win. But for Obama the short lived good feelings will only remind him of wet clothes – if the scandals persist.

Obama on the beach thought this week, with congress in recess, the scandal tide would ebb. But it is a rip tide dragging down Obama. Today on what was supposed to be the end of scandals, Darrell Issa issued subpoenas in the Benghazi scandal. Benghazi is not going away.

It appears Republicans understood that this was not to be a week of slow down but instead they issued orders and had Congressional Staffers Work on IRS Scandal Through Recess:

“Congressional staffers continue to work on the Internal Revenue Service scandal by preparing documents and related materials for lawmakers to be ready when they return from the Memorial Day recess in June.

The Memorial Day recess gives aides time to go through hundreds of pages of documents requested by Congress from the IRS and the Treasury inspector general, as well as gather more materials, The Hill reports.

There are also several IRS staffers that lawmakers want to interview, focusing on the Cincinnati office where the targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status began.

“Right now, we’re entering this document-collection phase, interview phase,” Republican Rep. Charles Boustany of Louisiana, chairman of the House Ways and Means Oversight subcommittee, told reporters Thursday. “And then there will be more hearings in June when we get back.

Obama on the beach, already drenched, better prepare to be waterlogged. It might be that after five years the dunderheads at the GOP “leadership” might be learning something – they might even have a strategy to keep the scandals from dying this Memorial Day week:

“Congressional Republicans head into next week’s Memorial Day recess armed with a strategy designed to keep the controversies that have consumed Washington in the news back home.

Both House and Senate Republicans will focus on the Internal Revenue Service targeting conservative groups for extra scrutiny as well as the still-open questions about Benghazi. And more and more, they’ll try to tie them together into a made-for-2014 narrative of an unaccountable and out-of-control government.

In interviews on local television and radio programs and with newspapers, Senate Republicans plan to talk about the Obama administration’s “credibility gap.” They’ll throw into the mix Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s request that health industry officials help fund “Obamacare,” a move Republicans call a “shakedown” of the companies she regulates, according to a Senate GOP leadership aide.

Lawmakers will argue that a “lack of details, stonewalling,” and what they call an “ever-changing White House narrative” on both Benghazi and the IRS have led to a trust deficit with the public, a sentiment reflected in recent polls, the aide said.”

Shock of shocks it appears the Republican leadership actually understands the importance of the scandals as a POLICY ISSUE, not just a scandal issue:

“Part of the aim is to get voters to question how they can trust the administration, and the IRS more specifically, to enforce key provisions of Obama’s health care law after improperly targeting Americans.

This fits into Republicans’ emerging scandal-riding midterm election strategy—one that the GOP’s congressional campaign committees think can blend easily into their anti-Obamacare message to help the party take the Senate in 2014. [snip]

“We’re focused on getting to the bottom of this. What we saw over the last week demonstrates that we need to look further. That we need answers on the who, what, where, when, and why,” the aide said.

House Republicans are working to keep a tight lid on their talking points, emphasizing the known facts and staying out of the White House’s way as it continues to trip over its explanation of what happened at the IRS and who knew what, when.

“The message is IRS overreach,” a senior House GOP leadership aide said. “This is a problem about government inserting itself into your life.”

And right now, no matter what the inquiry finds, Republicans come out ahead. The best case scenario is that the IRS was simply “out of control.” The worst case is that someone in power was intentionally targeting conservatives, the aide said.

And don’t forget the national press. House Republicans seem sure that the other controversy—the Justice Department’s seizure of phone records from reporters and editors at the Associated Press—has as much staying power as the IRS and Benghazi issues.

It’s a “double-barreled attack on the First Amendment,” the aide said, noting that the press, always game to write about itself, is sure to keep both IRS and DOJ in the news for weeks, with little help from the GOP.”

These policy scandals are not going away even if Obama goes to every beach in the country. House committee investigating whether Holder perjured himself in testifying on DOJ leak probes is a good indicator that the Obama scandals are not going away. Holder investigating Holder will assure that the Obama scandals remain the focus of a skeptical public.



The Associated Press and James Rosen DOJ Obama scandals are an attempt to intimidate reporters. The New York Times reports that they too were targets although this appears to be more an attempt to intimidate the whistle-blowers.

This was supposed to be the week that memory of Obama scandals would be wiped clean. Instead today there are new scandals emerging. The latest one is about potential ObamaCare insider trading as reports emerge from WaPo: WH held investor talks on ObamaCare. Today we have new scandals instead of dying scandals.

The Obama scandals were supposed to be forgotten on Memorial Day.

After Oklahoma, Are The Barack Obama Scandals Already Fading Away?

Update III: Lois Lerner asserted her Fifth Amendment constitutional rights against self incrimination today. However, Lerner also asserted her innocence as well as authenticated a document. Did she waive her Fifth Amendment privilege by doing so?

CNBC and Weasel Zippers think Lois Lerner Pleading The Fifth Is Worst Possible Outcome For The White House… Yes indeedy. The more legal hubbub over the waiver question and the more attention to Lerner and the Fifth the more the public will hear what Big Media/Obama work so hard to suppress.

Our tweet today sums it up:

First they came for the Second Amendment. Second they came for the First Amendment. Now they plead the Fifth Amendment. #Lerner #IRS”

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Update II: Scandals are everywhere in the Barack Obama Mud House if you are willing to open your eyes and see the evidence right before you. Today we have a trifecta of fun – Open thread, live video: Oversight hearing into IRS non-scandal featuring official taking the Fifth. It’s not a fifth of Scotch, it’s the Fifth Amendment we’re witnessing here. It’s Chicago on the Potomac.



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Update: Many scandals in one quick video:



CHILD#1: In regards to Benghazi, what did you know and when did you know it?

CHILD#2: Mitch McConnell says you govern my intimidation. Is that true?

CHILD#3: Isn’t it unconstitutional to secretly obtain phone records of AP reporters?

CHILD#4: Are Eric Holder’s days numbered?

CHILD#5: Who inside hatched the plan to target conservatives?

And Krauthammer sings “Not Fade Away”:



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On television we are watching round the clock coverage of the tornado disaster in Oklahoma. We wish Oklahoma and its wonderful Obama-rejecting citizens well in these hours of post-disaster search and rescue.

We wish Oklahoma well and we do not begrudge the attention provided to the natural, weather induced, disaster. Still, for those of us happy at last to see some scrutiny of the Barack Obama Mud House there is some concern. The concern is that this natural disaster will cover-up the unnatural disaster which is Barack Obama and his tenure in national office.

Some might wonder, “Are the Barack Obama scandals already fading?

In our previous article we stated that our test for Big Media is how clear Big Media sees and how clearly Big Media communicates to the American public that “All the scandals erupting now have one common theme and that is the reelection of Barack Obama. Every recent crime, “lapse of judgment”, “ethically questionable action” committed has been done to reelect Barack Obama.



Some reporters such as Lisa Myers have inched perilously close, like a ballerina on a high wire, to passing our test. But that was before the winds of Oklahoma blew away Barack Obama scandal coverage from the front pages of Big Media. What has happened in Big Media since Oklahoma’s disaster? Is it already over? Is flim-flam man Barack Obama once again one step ahead of the sheriff?

Consider the latest column from one of the ugliest and persistent Barack Obama defender priests – Eugene Robinson:

“Obama administration mistakes journalism for espionage

The Obama administration has no business rummaging through journalists’ phone records, perusing their e-mails and tracking their movements in an attempt to keep them from gathering news. This heavy-handed business isn’t chilling, it’s just plain cold.

It also may well be unconstitutional. In my reading, the First Amendment prohibition against “abridging the freedom . . . of the press” should rule out secretly obtaining two months’ worth of the personal and professional phone records of Associated Press reporters and editors, including calls to and from the main AP phone number at the House press gallery in the Capitol. Yet this is what the Justice Department did.

The unwarranted snooping, which was revealed last week, would be troubling enough if it were an isolated incident. But it is part of a pattern that threatens to redefine investigative reporting as criminal behavior.

The Post reported Monday that the Justice Department secretly obtained phone and e-mail records for Fox News reporter James Rosen, and that the FBI even tracked his movements in and out of the main State Department building. Rosen’s only apparent transgression? Doing what reporters are supposed to do, which is to dig out the news.

In both instances, prosecutors were trying to build criminal cases under the 1917 Espionage Act against federal employees suspected of leaking classified information. Before President Obama took office, the Espionage Act had been used to prosecute leakers a grand total of three times, including the 1971 case of Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. Obama’s Justice Department has used the act six times. And counting.”

Obama lovin’ Robinson recognizes that the real aim of these acts is intimidation. “Every investigative reporter, however, has been put on notice.” Eugene Robinson is loathe to write even a teeny-weeney bad word about his darling Barack, but even Eugene is chillin’ on B.O.

Eugene Robinson writing something honest might be a sign of the Apocalypse but soon Robinson will be back on the Obama protection beat. One column does not dispute the possibility that the Barack Obama scandals are fading. Does it? Here we go: IRS official Lois Lerner to plead the Fifth at congressional hearing tomorrow

“Hey, remember when Steve Miller insisted there’s nothing illegal about the IRS targeting a particular political faction for extra scrutiny? He was wrong, potentially: There are civil-rights laws in play as well as the Hatch Act, plus some of the IRS’s own regulations for employee conduct. Lois Lerner and her lawyer know the score:

Lois Lerner is relying on the constitutional protections Barack Obama has been systematically destroying. Lerner wants to be excused from testifying before the House Oversight and Reform Committee tomorrow but Chairman Issa subpoenaed her and is demanding her compliance and appearance.

We might be deluded but it seems to us that this will not help fade the scandals away. Is there another indicator of potential “scandal” progress? Journalists notice “shifting” White House account of IRS scandal. Bloomberg News is watching and reporting:

“Carney said Ruemmler was informed by the Treasury Department’s General Counsel’s office April 24 that the Inspector General for Tax Administration was completing a report that found that IRS employees improperly scrutinized political organizations seeking tax exempt status by searching their applications for words including “Tea Party” and “patriot.”

The previous week, on April 16, Ruemmler had learned more generally that there were a number of Inspector General reports being finalized and an IRS investigation was among those investigations, Carney said.

Carney’s comments today are at odds with what he told reporters last week, when he said the White House counsel “only found out about the review being conducted and coming to conclusion by the inspector general.”


Politico is perplexed:

“The White House on Monday once again added to the list of people who knew about the IRS investigation into its targeting of conservative groups — saying White House chief of staff Denis McDonough had been informed about a month ago.

Press secretary Jay Carney said again that no one had told President Barack Obama ahead of the first news reports: not his top aide McDonough, nor his chief counsel Kathy Ruemmler, nor anyone from the Treasury Department.

Monday’s revelation amounts to the fifth iteration of the Obama administration’s account of events, after initially saying that the White House had first learned of the controversy from the press.

Republicans said they were on the lookout for the next installment in the White House’s ever-shifting narrative.

Notorious fishwife Howard Fineman might be the next ballerina on the highwire because he is connecting the dots in a way we applaud:

“It’s been only a week since the president told the world that he had learned about the “outrageous” actions of the IRS’ Cincinnati office from “news reports” on May 10. We now know that those reports stemmed from a disclosure the administration had planned and that, in fact, “senior officials” in the White House knew the essence of a damning inspector general’s report on the matter as early as April 24. [snip]

Last Tuesday, I asked White House press secretary Jay Carney about a passing reference he had made the day before in his briefing: that the White House Counsel’s Office had been informed about the impending report “several weeks ago.”

How did that square, I wanted to know, with the president’s own statement that he hadn’t learned about the matter until May 10? And what did the counsel’s office learn in April? Weren’t those explosive matters worth being passed on to higher-ups? [snip]

With two winning presidential campaigns built on successful grassroots fundraising, with a former White House counsel (in 2010-11) who is one of the Democrats’ leading experts on campaign law (Bob Bauer), with former top campaign officials having been ensconced as staffers in the White House (David Axelrod, who left for the reelection campaign in early 2011, and Dan Pfeiffer among others), it’s hard to imagine that the Obama inner circle was oblivious to the issue of what the IRS was doing in Cincinnati.

That may well be true. Maybe they didn’t care one whit what the IG was going to say. But they sure haven’t been behaving that way in the last week.

Shorter Fineman: something stinks.

A lot stinks. There are a lot of scandals still not getting the coverage they deserve. But thanks to Carney the Clown even the under “appreciated” scandals are getting some of the penumbral light. Carney: Asking about Sebelius fundraising for ObamaCare a lot like being a birther, or something:

“You know, a White House that just got exposed for spying on journalists probably should be doing some bridge-rebuilding, especially for an administration who needs a friendly media as much as this one does. What’s the worst possible way to get back in the media’s good graces? Accusing them of being conspiracy nuts for asking about Kathleen Sebelius’ fundraising for ObamaCare, starting with CBS’ Major Garrett, who just got done fronting the Benghazi e-mail defense demolished by Glenn Kessler today.”



Yeah, that’s the ticket. That’s how not to draw attention from the Oklahoma disaster.

Benghazi is not going away either. The recent lies by Barack Obama defenders have been debunked. Hillary Clinton will eventually be asked to testify once again and under oath. News that the Benghazi killers have been identified but not arrested due to lack of evidence is as stupefying as a Harry Potter spell. There will be new whistle blowers and new questions that will require months of investigation. Benghazi is not fading away.

For the next few days or perhaps into Memorial Day weekend Oklahoma will grab the nation’s attention and that is entirely proper. But on May 31st, it will be a real Memorial Day of Barack Obama scandals. Why is May 31st a date that will live in scandal history? Senate Finance Committee issues request for detailed information on IRS targeting scandal by May 31st.

It’s a Senate hearing, not a Republican House hearing, which will be chaired by Max Baucus. Read the letter sent by the Finance Committee to the IRS (pdf format) and you will see what amounts to an proctologist’s exam:

“1. Provide a copy of any and all questions, questionnaires and information requests used by the IRS to attempt to elicit additional information from 501(c)(3)-(6) applicants from February 1, 2010 to the present regarding their donor lists, volunteer lists, financial support for, and relationships with, political candidates, and any and all other similar information. [snip]

4. How many applications for each tax-exempt status, 501(c) (3)-(6), were filed and processed each year from FY 2005 through the present? In addition, provide the number of people in the Determinations Unit tasked with handling these applications during each fiscal year. [snip]

29. Provide copies of all documents, between any IRS employee and anyone else, including, but not limited to, individuals outside of the IRS, that were generated as a consequence of, or relate to, the letters sent by members of the Congress to the IRS since 2012 regarding the issue of inappropriately targeting organizations seeking 501 (c) (4) status for heightened scrutiny. [snip]

39. Provide documents relating to communications between any and all IRS employees and any and all White House employees including, but not limited to, the President, regarding the targeting of organizations seeking 501 (c)(3), (4), (5), or (6) tax-exempt status for full development or heightened scrutiny based on the existence of certain words or phrases in their applications, from February 2010 to the present. This includes any documents relating to communications received by any IRS employee from the White House or Treasury, whether or not the IRS employee was simply the recipient of such a communication from either the White House or Treasury.”

Still think these scandals are fading away?

A Cancer On The Presidency: Our Big Test For Big Media

Update III: To know what is going on today it might be a good idea to read something we wrote in February. It was about Hillary Clinton 2016, Bob Woodward, and Lanny Davis. Yeah, Lanny Davis.

The public hearings on the IRS scandal will grab the headlines today, but the spotlight belongs on… Lanny Davis. Yup, Lanny Davis. Lanny Davis: Did WH counsel know IRS was targeting conservatives?:

“The story itself would be huge — making a connection earlier than the IG report’s first leak, which came from Lois Lerner herself at the IRS. Don’t forget that Obama yesterday parsed his response very carefully when it came to knowing about the targeting at the IRS. He would only say that he first became aware of the IG report last Friday; he left open the question of when he first knew about the targeting.

If Ruemmler knew about it earlier than that, it becomes a much bigger problem for Obama. First, just as with the IRS chief counsel’s briefing on the matter in August 2011, it’s almost impossible to believe that the lawyers wouldn’t immediately tell their bosses what was going on, unless they had good reason to believe their bosses already knew about it. If Obama found out a few weeks before the IG report came out, why didn’t he act then to clean house at the IRS? And it then also prompts the Watergate-ish question: What did the President know, and when did he know it?

Lanny names names and names sources:

“I’ve been told today by several reporters that President Obama’s White House counsel, Kathryn Ruemmler, knew for several days — perhaps weeks —that some Internal Revenue Service officials were engaging in political targeting of conservative groups, and that she did not tell the president as soon as she knew even partial reports about the story.

With all due respect to someone who has impeccable legal credentials, if she did have such foreknowledge and didn’t inform the president immediately, I respectfully suggest Ms. Ruemmler is in the wrong job and that she should resign. [snip]

If Ms. Ruemmler did know about this IRS story and didn’t inform the president immediately, then, respectfully, that must mean she didn’t appreciate fully the mammoth legal and political implications for the U.S. government as well as the American people of a story involving IRS officials abusing power and possibly violating criminal laws.

It is also hard to understand why some people in the media who apparently knew about this foreknowledge by the White House counsel and her failure to tell the president missed this story and its significance.

Lanny Davis is lighting the path, with blazing torches, for investigators – right into the Oval Office. Lanny knows exactly what he is doing. No one believes that a White House counsel would know about criminal activity in the IRS and not tell the president. As to Big Media knowing about criminal activity and keeping quiet in order to protect Barack Obama?

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Update II: Would you eat from a kitchen run by Jeffrey Dahmer? Think about ObamaCare run by the woman who targeted Tea Party groups – will you willingly provide her with information as to your health so that information can be used against you to suppress your free speech rights or even economic rights? For her malevolent efforts to target “Tea Party, evangelical and pro-Israel groups for harassment” this tainted bureaucrat received over $100,000 in bonuses from 2009 through 2012.” That Barack Obama bonus was for a job well done – it got Obama reelected and neutralized the Tea Party.

Today is step one in cleansing the IRS from the clutches of Barack Obama. Today is step one in breaking the dirty hands of the IRS from control of the health care of Americans. Today there are public live hearings by the prestigious House Ways and Means Committee. The eyes of Americans who respect the rule of law will be on the House Ways and Means Committee today. Open thread: IRS hearings open on Capitol Hill – with Acting IRS Commissioner Steve Miller (the guy Obama supposedly forced to resign but then it turns out his job was ending anyway – score another Obama lie) and a “hero” in our constitutional drama, the Treasury Department’s Inspector General for Tax Administration, Russell George.

The Big Test today will not be about the IRS however. Today the test will be on Obama Dimocrats and whether they continue to distract and distort as they have been doing at any and all hearings that seek to get at the truth of Barack Obama’s time in the White House. As we write below – All the recent government scandals have been in the service of Barack Obama’s reelection.

Chairman Camp started the hearings on the right foot by taking the unusual step of putting the witnesses under oath. We are still going to need special prosecutors and select committees to wash the Mud House clean again and return it to a beautiful White House.



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Update: Twitter today invited comments with the hashtag #ObamaCareInThreeWords. Our tweeted answer:Internal Revenue Service“.

Our tweet was inspired not by our article from a few days ago titled “A Cancer On The Presidency: ObamaCare, The IRS, And The Need For Impeachment“. No, the inspiration for our tweet is the latest Drudge headlined ABC News report, “IRS Official in Charge During Tea Party Targeting Now Runs Health Care Office” . Yes you read that right IRS Official in Charge During Tea Party Targeting Now Runs Health Care Office:

“IRS Official in Charge During Tea Party Targeting Now Runs Health Care Office

The Internal Revenue Service official in charge of the tax-exempt organizations at the time when the unit targeted tea party groups now runs the IRS office responsible for the health care legislation.

Sarah Hall Ingram served as commissioner of the office responsible for tax-exempt organizations between 2009 and 2012. But Ingram has since left that part of the IRS and is now the director of the IRS’ Affordable Care Act office, the IRS confirmed to ABC News today.

Her successor, Joseph Grant, is taking the fall for misdeeds at the scandal-plagued unit between 2010 and 2012. During at least part of that time, Grant served as deputy commissioner of the tax-exempt unit.”

We thought the story of the day was “Obama Evades Question on When He Knew of IRS Actions“. Instead, “ObamaCare has all the honesty, care, and love you expect from the IRS” is the topper of the day.

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Barack Obama is supposed to answer questions at noon today with the Turkish Prime Minister by his side. It’s a follow-up to last night’s publicity stunt. The questions will not be about the important Turkey-America relationship even as Barack Obama has screwed that up as well – screwed up enough to be categorized as a policy scandal.

The questions will be about the growing cancer on the presidency. The questions will be what Barack Obama knows and when did he know it. For us that won’t be enough.

From here on out we will have one standard to determine whether Big Media is holding Barack Obama to account. There is one question, one “theory of the case” for us which Big Media must publicly recognize if we are to hold Barack Obama to account.

What Big Media must ask, the dots that need to be connected, are clear to those that want to see and are not willfully blind. All the scandals erupting now have one common theme and that is the reelection of Barack Obama. Every recent crime, “lapse of judgment”, “ethically questionable action” committed has been done to reelect Barack Obama.

Richard Nixon did not need to use dirty tricks or White House Horrors to destroy his political opponents but he could not help himself. It was in his nature. The boy that signed letters to his mother as “your faithful dog” had Richard III type insecurity humps which led to his downfall. Likewise Obama. We’ve discussed the Obama sperm donor dad that rejected little Barry and the trampy mother that wandered the world and dumped little Barry in Hawaii with what Barack describes as a “racist” grandmother although it is clear that she was a loving woman and Barack smeared her under a bus to get elected in 2008. Little Barry learned to get along by becoming a flim-flam man. His career was born in filth, smearing opponents.

Barack Obama has a history of dirty tricks and filth flinging to win elections. Richard Nixon had CREEP (Committee to Re-Elect the President) and Barack Obama has his OAFs (now Organizing For Action for which we employ a more accurate anagram). If Big Media wants even a hair’s-width of credibility it is necessary to tie Barack Obama’s most recent scandals to Barack Obama’s reelection.

It is well past time for an army of special prosecutors to investigate the thugs from Chicago. It is well past time to dig deep and deeper into every aspect of Barack Obama’s criminal gangland. Big Media will attempt to focus all attention on the woes the man they have protected for so long now inflicts on their AP colleagues.

But Benghazi lies and coverups must be blown up, Pigford must not be forgotten, Solyndra, Fast and Furious must not be forgotten — and we will never forget Antoin “Tony” Rezko – the man who was at the primordial pig swamps when Barack Obama was politically born.

Since 2007 we have noted that when caught either digging up the sex lives of opponents or assorted dirty tricks Barack Obama blames the staff. Barack, on matters large and small, always blames someone else. Barack’s autobiography was a load of crap and he was called out by those who had worked with him. But Big Media protected Barack. Hazel Johnson never got to tell her story in the Big Media spotlight because her testimony, like that of others, would have written a different story about Barack than the choom hallucinations in Obama’s false history autobiographies.

Unlike in 2008 things have somewhat changed as we can see in this video: IRS scapegoats not exactly taking it lying down. Tell the truth!



They did what their “bosses ordered” in order to cripple the Tea Party and re-elect Barack Obama. The return of CREEP to help reelect a creep.

The abuses of power will not end until the cancer on the presidency is removed. The cancer growing on the presidency is Barack Obama.

Obama #IRS #DOJ #Benghazi Publicity Stunt Tonight: Most Transparent President Ever – We See Right Through Him

Update III: Obama should be asked about what we wrote in Update II at tomorrow’s Turkish PM presser. Obama’s lies today about firing the temp while the temp says he is leaving as scheduled should be an issue.

Also today there is really one question that requires an answer as to the Benghazi document dump: White House releases 100 pages of Benghazi e-mails:

“…Why do the e-mails start on September 14? There’d been three days of government verbiage, some of it blaming the Mohammed video, before this. When do we get those e-mails?

Released emails may be read HERE. Special prosecutors needed, select committees needed. Sharpen the Guillotine!

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Update II: Holy cow! Did Obama also lie about firing the temp? The temp says he was leaving in June anyway and stays on the job until then:

“In a hastily called press conference in the East Room of the White House, Obama told reporters that he had asked Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew to find out who was responsible for a program that targeted tea party groups and other conservative organizations for a special level of intrusive questioning after they applied for tax-exempt charitable statuses.

‘Lew took the first step by requesting and accepting the resignation of the acting director of the IRS,’ Obama said.

‘It’s important,’ he added, ‘to institute new leadership that can help restore confidence going forward.’

But in an email to IRS employees, Miller claimed he would only be leaving next month because his assignment would be over.

‘It is with regret that I will be departing from the IRS as my acting assignment ends in early June,’ Miller wrote.”

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Update: Big News Breaking: Obama fires a temp at the IRS. But… One scrawny sacrificial lamb won’t be enough for the hungry lions. Anyone seen tax cheat Tim Geithner lately? Wasn’t he the one in charge of Treasury and IRS?

Tonight’s publicity stunt was an attempt to say “we have an investigation going so I can’t answer any more questions.” Most importantly this is to prevent something Obama fears – a special prosecutor. A special prosecutor means the Mud House, er, White House aides lawyering up and giving each other the skunk eye and squealing like pigs to prosecutors. Skunks and pigs can make a mess in a house.

Tonight’s big Obama publicity stunt is an attempt to shore up support by generating headlines in tomorrow’s papers and getting his say in the evening news shows. But it is not nearly enough. Tonight’s publicity stunt by Obama was just more Obambi Oblah-blah:



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Open thread: Obama to address IRS scandal at 6 p.m. ET. He’s already late. Obama wants to be on the evening news to lie to Americans in prime time.

We’ll have updates. Earlier there was a Benghazi news dump of emails. It’s kinda sad that Obama is using Benghazi to change the conversation from the only topic Big Media is interested in. Big Media cares most about the snooping into Big Media phone records.

A Cancer On The Presidency, Part II: #Benghazi #IRS #DOJ And The Media Whores Offline

Update: The Treasury Inspector General Report is out proving to the DailyKooks that you’re not paranoid if you really are being followed. We wanted to weep as we read it but then we pictured Michelle Obama scowling angrily at her lunkhead husband and we laughed.

Two of our favorite quotes of the day:

“For fear of stating the obvious,” Kuhnhenn began, “the White House right now is confronting a confluence of issues: Benghazi talking points, IRS reviews of political groups, Justice Department’s review of journalists’ phone records, and in every instance either the president or you have placed the burden of responsibility someplace else… But it is the president’s administration, so I wonder, doesn’t responsibility for setting tone, for setting direction ultimately rest with the president on these matters?”

and

“Before taking a few questions,” McConnell said, “let me just add one thing. As you continue to file your stories on this subject, ask yourself before you write, how would I be writing this story if this were a Republican administration?

Now that it is their interests threatened, their colleagues investigated, their god that failed – some in Big Media are bitter and full of remorse –




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It’s sad to think of all those young people who so believed in HOPE and CHANGE now so disillusioned on the political system as they discover they cast, some for the very first time, their valuable vote for a cheap hustler from Chicago with less ethics and smarts than Richard M. Nixon. Many of these young voters, Barack Obama promised, would be so proud of their first vote for Barack Obama that they would become lifelong churchgoers in the cult of Obama Dimocratic worship. To think of the heartbreak of black voters who cast content of character aside in favor of the skin color of an Obama who has destroyed in so many ways the present and future of the black community. It’s sad to think of the older, mostly white liberal voters, who so foolishly sneered at common sense to vote for an inexperienced, cheap, Chicago hustler – they said reminded them ever so much of the young and dashing John F. Kennedy of their youth. Now these old fools discover they voted for worse than Richard M. Nixon.

How sad it is to… oh… well… who are we kidding? It’s not sad at all. We’re not hypocrites. It’s not sad at all. Truth be told we are, uncorked champagne bottles at hand, luxuuuuuuuuuuriating in the mud bath swamps imported from Chicago to the nation at large. After our mud bath we’re headed to Blacks Fifth Avenue so that Olga will give us a fresh coat of Jungle Red on our fingernails.

For now, in our Chicago imported buckets of mud, bath we reminisce sweetly of our Big Media friends. We recall with fondness an ABC anchor of their then prestigious evening news telecast who once literally saved our lives in a valley in Pennsylvania. We also remember, with a smirk, that top financial reporter who pleasured a much older woman friend of ours and after every liaison with the cougar he would break off the relationship. This dance heightened as this top reporter became engaged to another woman but still he visited our cougar friend. Even when he married, the nocturnal visits continued as did the early morning breakup farewells. We would see our friend regularly and it became a regular custom to ask her “how is Mr. hump and dump?” A wan, satisfied smile would cross her lips as she lit a Dunhill Blue. That reporter eventually did leave – his job – to work for one of the most powerful broadsheet publications.

We recall another reporter who was known to have many “toys” with which to pleasure himself and the strangely beautiful “boys” he frequently had dinner with. Another prominent reporter we knew, now on a national broadcast, had some lovely leather strap garments he regularly wore on his nightly club rounds. We can’t really count how many of the boys on the bus we knew had a Jeff Chandler style proclivity for lovely undergarments even though they were indisputably heterosexual. There was also that curly haired operatic beauty that works for the widest circulation newspaper who was so anal retentive and on bitter edge her stool regularly had blood in it. Ah, memories. There are many more but we don’t have too much time as Olga is usually fully booked and we shouldn’t be late for our manicure.

We recall these lovely stories of the ladies and gentlemen of the press because of the latest Barack Obama scandal to erupt. We’re talking the AP DOJ scandal.

How sad, that the ladies and gentlemen of the press who so whored themselves in service to Barack Obama now find themselves “humped and dumped“. Or are they battered wives who crave attention from their love even if it is a beating?

In the hierarchy of Barack Obama scandals the AP DOJ scandal is without doubt the most important to the ladies and gentlemen of the press. It’s NOT because these ladies and gentlemen are concerned about their “sources” as they so loftily proclaim – suddenly awake to the importance of the Constitution (though not the Second Amendment – that’s for those “bitter clingers”).

No, what has the ladies and gentlemen who hide behind constitutional protections when it affects them is neither the Constitution nor the plight of their sources. What the ladies and gentlemen of the press are scared about is the laughably named Department of Justice having possession of their personal phone records. The phone records which contain phone numbers of their dominatrix brothels, drug dealers (you can’t stay up all night without a little blow now can you?), boyfriends/girlfriends of the paid for variety (they are ever so busy so who has the time for romance when you can hump and sign?), doctor appointments for those anal warts and herpes, and who knows what other depredations. Not that there’s anything wrong with it.

There’s also that little matter of Finlandization. If the “Department of Justice” has their phone records maybe they should be a bit careful in what they write. There’s no need for a threat, the Soviet never had to actually threaten Finland, you just know they know that you know that they know and so you keep your mouth shut.

What does the scandal cascade teach us about trust in government power? Beware of power. Beware of power because it corrupts. Beware of giving power to the corrupt because they become even more corrupt. That’s how Republics fall.

The strength of our republic is a system of checks and balances which has almost failed because of Big Media corruption. But there is still hope to rescue ourselves and our system of government.

Today on another Barack Obama scandal front we hear from Darrell Issa: No way we’re going to let Obama administration investigate the IRS by itself. That’s fine but not enough. From Eric Holder we hear has recused himself from the AP Big Media whores offline phone records scandal. That certainly is not enough.

We need special prosecutors. We need select committees from both houses of congress. For now, until after the 2014 elections, we’ll have to settle for select committees from the House of Representatives. We’re going to need a Judge Sirica. We’re going to need a Woodward/Bernstein and that entity won’t emerge from Big Media. The new Woodward/Bernstein will have to come from the internets.

We need investigations with subpoena power to follow up on what the new Woodward/Bernsteins write. The Investigations must be thorough. Don’t bother with a scapel – get a chain saw.

It’s time to savagely rip open the source of the corruption and remove the cancer on the presidency.

A Cancer On The Presidency: ObamaCare, The IRS, And The Need For Impeachment

Update III: What’s Daniel Schorr doing these days? Oh right. he’s dead. But the youngest guy on the Nixon enemies list is still alive and he has some very good advice for Republicans on Benghazi.

The guy that inspired the Tea Party to form, Rick Santelli, thinks like we do that the IRS scandal implicates ObamaCare:

“i personally think benghazi and the irs story will change health care. they will change obamacare. why? because it’s one thing to have all your receipts and be called on the carpet to hassle, and prove you’re innocent. it’s not thing like seinfeld when you walk in line and you need that stint and they say, no stint for you because you back this group, you have these thoughts, you live in this area. this is going to change the involvement of government and the irs enforcement originally designed in obamacare.”

For those who think we are too quick on the trigger with our article mentioning the “I” word – impeachment, we present for your amusement the latest Obama scandal breaking: DOJ secretly seized two months of Associated Press phone records? How will Big Media react now that their golden calf has been targeting them? It was amusing to Big Media when the Tea Party was the target but now the worm has turned.

Our favorite joke from the Nixon era came from the best Nixon impressionist of the time – David Frye. The joke was that Richard Nixon is offered a joint, a marijuana cigarette. Nixon is told to “turn on”. Nixon asks “Turn on whom?” Big Media is about to realize Obama cannot be trusted by friend nor foe and now the choom king has turned on – them.

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Update II: Latest laugh riot from Obama: I found out Friday that the IRS was targeting conservatives because I don’t know what is going on around me – I am not a crook and I am not a hands-on president – don’t blame me, blame Hillary or someone else. “Blame Republicans seeking the truth for political gain and don’t you dare remember what I said earlier”:



More video fun from the “I am not a crook” press conference:



“I know nothing.” “I know nothing about IRS intimidation of Romney supporters.” “I know nothing about what my top officials and campaign aides said or did.”

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Update: Today we saw Barack Obama’s “I am not a crook” press conference. Obama says he won’t tolerate what he has thus far encouraged. Tax cheat Tim Geithner was in charge of the IRS when the IRS targeted the Obama enemies list. Obama nominated Geithner so how can Obama complain now that the minions are as corrupt as the capo? Obama then went on to blame Republicans for the Benghazi circus of lies Obama is responsible for.

Unfortunately for Barack Obama, the scandals are too big to fail – or ignore. But we’re supposed to believe the corrupt Chicago crook White House: Well, the conduct “of a small number of IRS employees may have fallen short…” Yup, right, and the St. Valentine’s day massacre had nothing to do with Al Capone.

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ObamaCare just became more dangerous and deadly. A federal government which via the IRS can target political opponents utilizing their personal medical history is now no longer a paranoid’s delusion. It is all too real.

Years ago we began to utilize gangland references to describe ObamaCare:

“And remember this is no longer about health care, it is about health insurance and how to bring in more Americans into a bad system. The bad system is not targeted for “reform”. American taxpayers will be forced by Frank Nitti the IRS to tithe to the temples of crime for little to no benefits.”

Frank Nitti, the Al Capone gang’s brutal Chicago enforcer is a benevolent angelic figure compared to the dangers inherent in a politically corrupt Chicago gangland White House. American taxpayers under the heel of Obama will have to “report personal health ID” information to the IRS.

It will not be difficult at all for federal government officials at the IRS to gain information about herpes, AIDS, psychological illnesses of political opponents. Armed with medical histories of political opponents the federal government will not hesitate to use it for pernicious political purposes.

How easy is it for the IRS and the corrupt Chicago White House of Barack Obama to obtain medical information?:

“It contains a strong warning not in the earlier, 21-page draft: “I’m signing this application under penalty of perjury . . . I know that I may be subject to penalties under federal law if I provide false and or untrue information.” That threat may unsettle applicants already not sure they’re correctly answering complicated questions. If they don’t, the consequences could be costly. If an applicant understates his income and receives a larger health-insurance subsidy than he is eligible for, the money must be paid back. That may mean thousands of dollars.

Applicants may be further disturbed when they encounter, on the signature page, this message: “We’ll check your answers using information in our electronic databases and databases from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Social Security, the Department of Homeland Security, and/or a consumer reporting agency. If the information doesn’t match, we may ask you to send us proof.”

We now know that the IRS has and will target political enemies of the corrupt Chicago White House:

“The Internal Revenue Service’s scrutiny of conservative groups went beyond those with “tea party” or “patriot” in their names—as the agency admitted Friday—to also include ones worried about government spending, debt or taxes, and even ones that lobbied to “make America a better place to live,” according to new details of a government probe.”

There is a cancer growing. Both the cancer and the causes of the cancer must be removed from the body politic.



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The IRS does not yet have access to the medical records of American taxpayers or the growing ranks of its political opponents. But once such information is obtained the Chicago Obama White House will have a powerful weapon against its political opponents. The IRS already has been turned into a political weapon to protect Barack Obama in election year 2012.

Thus far we know very little about who ordered the IRS to attack. But attack Obama political opponents is exactly what the IRS has done:

“At various points over the past two years, Internal Revenue Service officials targeted nonprofit groups that criticized the government and sought to educate Americans about the U.S. Constitution, according to documents in an audit conducted by the agency’s inspector general. [snip]

But six months later, the IRS applied a new political test to groups that applied for tax-exempt status as “social welfare” groups, the document says. On Jan. 15, 2012 the agency decided to target “political action type organizations involved in limiting/expanding Government, educating on the Constitution and Bill of Rights, social economic reform movement.,” according to the appendix in the IG report, which was requested by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and has yet to be released.

The new revelations are likely to intensify criticism of the IRS, which has been under fire since agency officials acknowledged they had deliberately targeted groups with “tea party” or “patriot” in their name for heightened scrutiny.”

This is a most dangerous development and threatens our very democracy. The revelations the IRS targeted conservatives as early as 2010: WSJ should make even Obama Hopium Guzzling liberals demand removal of this cancer. Presidents get impeached for this.


Resignation or Impeachment

Presidents get impeached for this corruption of our democracy:

“WILL: But they said a) it was inadvertent, just some odd underlings out in Cincinnati and who did this. And there was no political motive whatever involved. Now the question is, how stupid do they think we are? Just imagine, Donna Brazile, if the George W. Bush administration had IRS underlings, out in Cincinnati of course, saying, we’re going to target groups with the word “progressive” in their title. We would have all hell breaking loose.

May I read you something from an ancient document?

RADDATZ: Yes you may. I would be surprised if you didn’t.

WILL: This is the 40th anniversary of the Watergate summer here in Washington. “He has through his subordinates and agents endeavored to cause in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, income tax audits or other income tax investigations to be initiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner.” Section 1, Article 2, the Impeachment Articles of Richard Nixon. (This Week, May 12, 2013)”



This IRS corruption threatens something cataclysmic we have sometimes thought was about to happen but we are always disappointed because it has yet to happen. What is this cataclysmic event we have awaited? A schism in Big Media.

Jonathan Karl of ABC News and other Big Media outlets remember Watergate and are providing appropriate coverage of this latest Obama threat to our democracy. Other Big Media outlets such as Nancy Cook at National Journal belittle the cancer:

“IRS Blunder Gives Republicans Ammunition in Effort to Defund the Agency

The admission that the IRS improperly investigated conservative political groups only means more trouble for the roll-out of the health care law.

The Internal Revenue Service’s admission that it inappropriately targeted conservative political groups for special scrutiny during the 2012 presidential election only gives congressional Republicans more ammunition as they try to defund and weaken the agency. [snip]

But, more importantly, the IRS is also one of the key agencies that will implement the Affordable Care Act. Much of the funding stream for the incoming health care law, arguably the president’s signature legislative achievement, comes from two tax increases: a 3.8 percent hike on investment income for wealthy individuals, estates, and trusts, as well as an additional Medicare tax.

By stripping the IRS of money, the Republicans are indirectly trying to attack the roll-out of the health care law that begins in 2014.

Now, the news that rogue, low-level IRS agents in Ohio investigated conservative groups improperly just adds fuel to the Republicans’ bashing. The agents investigated these organizations to see if they had miscast themselves as tax-exempt groups while actually doing political work. About 75 groups were targeted, according to the Associated Press.”

According to Nancy Cook this is all just a “blunder” of “rogue agents” investigating evil groups illegally doing “political work”. Nancy Cook is not alone.

The Journolister in Chief, Ezra Klein sees the danger to Barack Obama and he is on duty protecting Barack Obama. The IRS, writes this corrupt Journolister, only erred in not attacking all 501(c)4 groups.

James Taranto at the Wall Street Journal takes note of how most in Big Media have responded to this latest corruption:

“The New Nixon

This time, the press cheered as the IRS investigated the president’s opponents.

The likelihood is that the political corruption is deeper than anyone yet knows and that in election year 2012 political donors to Mitt Romney were targeted with leaked IRS information. The extortion of money from private individuals by government official Kathleen Sibelius to save the ObamaCare abomination is another dangerous corruption which threatens our democracy and a clear violation of the Anti-Deficiency Act.

Jewish groups have been targeted as well by the IRS. The attacks on Jewish groups are ominous:

And at least one purely religious Jewish organization, one not focused on Israel, was the recipient of bizarre and highly inappropriate questions about Israel. Those questions also came from the same non-profit division of the IRS at issue for inappropriately targeting politically conservative groups. The IRS required that Jewish organization to state “whether [it] supports the existence of the land of Israel,” and also demanded the organization “[d]escribe [its] religious belief system toward the land of Israel.

The danger to our democracy is real. The response must be forceful. The House Ways and Means Committee is demanding answers. Tea Party groups are demanding justice. Darrell Issa is promising hearings on this in the Government Reform Committee. But none of this is enough.

The IRS and the Treasury Department cannot be trusted to investigate themselves. Congress is too unwieldy and political an institution to investigate these abominations. A special prosecutor is needed.

The House of Representatives as we recently advocated must organize a Watergate style select committee to investigate in the same way the Senate Select Committee on the White House horrors during Nixon’s presidency investigated.


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As in Watergate a select committee’s work will have to be followed by a Judiciary Committee committee inquiry into the possibility of impeachment and removal of the cancer on the presidency.

We know, and have warned in the past of overreach. Republicans must be careful in their use of this type of “impeachment” language. As we wrote, Republicans must be about fact gathering. But those of us who stand by constitutional government, the rule of law, must be prepared to overturn the majority in the United States Senate in next year’s elections and demand a full vetting of Barack Obama and the corruptions in the White House and the federal government.

The cancer on the presidency must be removed. The doctor, if necessary, must be impeachment and removal.

Republicans In Clover Watching Barack Obama Versus Hillary Clinton 2016

Update: Immediately after we published, news breaks directly related to our topic of the day. We now know: White House holds Benghazi briefing with reporters — off the record:

“If there’s one thing you want to do when accusations are flying about an attempted cover up and a disinterested, collusive media, it’s holding an off-the-record briefing. [snip]

Were they discussing troop movements or something? What reason could there be to go off the record, and why would the press agree to it? If there’s classified material involved, just redact the bits that can’t be publicized. Or maybe I have this wrong; maybe the reason Carney wanted to huddle is because Ron Fournier was onto something this morning in sensing that the White House is trying to point a finger at Hillary and the State Department for redacting the first draft of the CIA’s talking points. For obvious reasons, if Carney wants to steer them in that direction, he wouldn’t want to do it on the record. Then again, there’s no reason to task the White House press secretary with that; if Team O wants to push Hillary under the bus, they’ll do it the old-fashioned way, through anonymous leaks. So again, why is this briefing off the record?

Why this briefing? Because old fashioned anonymous leaks just won’t do. Just wait until the subpoenas start flying. Can we please get a small select committee of former prosecutors with subpoena power and funding? Please!

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We’ve been writing about the war from the Obama White House against Hillary Clinton for a long time. We’ve written repeatedly that there is no way the crackpot Obama left is going to let Hillary Clinton be their nominee thereby turning Barack Obama into a footnote to the quadrennial Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton candidacies. We’ve also written that the biggest obstacle to Hillary Clinton 2016 will be Barack Obama and his record of boobery and unpopular “achievements”:

In 2016 the greatest threat to Hillary Clinton is once again Barack Obama – and his legacy of weakness and profligacy. Tie Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama and she loses.

This week is the week that Big Media is reporting some of what our regular readers knew years ago. Ron Fournier at National Journal is warning HillaryLand to buy some metal plates for Hillary’s back:

Throw Hillary under the bus? In a statement to ABC, Carney notably insulates the West Wing and not the State Department by saying “the only edits made by anyone here at the White House were stylistic and nonsubstantive.” And, with no apparent regard to hypocrisy, Carney criticized the GOP for attempting to “politicize the talking points.”

Keith Koffler makes the warnings to HillaryLand as explicit as can be, with Bumblin’ Joe as the foil:

“Vice President Joe Biden is already staking out his own territory apart from the Obama White House, ground he will need to occupy if he wants to have a chance to be the Democratic nominee for president in 2016.

Biden, a longtime liberal firebrand, will almost certainly seek to portray himself as the candidate of the Party’s left-wing base, stigmatizing Hillary as the cautious standard bearer for husband Bill’s New Democrat moderates. [snip]

A couple of days ago, Biden told a local South Carolina Sierra Club activist that he opposes the Keystone pipeline, lamenting that he is in the “minority” at the White House.

And in a move that set him clearly apart from Obama and which could help cast him as a no-nonsense battler of terrorists, Biden went to Boston and declared that, yes, the marathon bombers were Islamist extremists and that we are indeed confronting a “doctrine of hate and oppression.”

Looks like there will be two political campaigns within the White House: One designed to take back the House in 2014, and another to elect Biden president in 2016.

Joe Biden is not acting independently of Barack Obama. Joe Biden is being advised by the Obama thugs that smeared Hillary in 2007/2008 and has a ‘get out of jail free’ card from Obama’s thugs. Bumblin’ Joe Biden is preparing to run against Hillary as the Obama acolyte, heir apparent, and the chief warrior of the DailyKooks left. Biden will battle others (such as Martin O’Malley) for that title.

The DailyKooks left once despised Biden as the bankers best friend in the senate. But if Biden bows to the DailyKooks left they will support him if only to get rid of the bane of their existence – Hillary Clinton.

This situation of course puts Republicans/conservatives in a field of clover. For many years we advised Republicans/conservatives to use Hillary Clinton as a weapon to remind the electorate of Obama’s race-baiting ways and nasty disposition. But now?

Well now it is clearly in the strategic and tactical interests of Republicans/conservatives to attack Hillary Clinton, pause for a few minutes, attack Obama, then attack Hillary Clinton, then back to Barack. HillaryLand better wake up to this new dynamic.

HillaryLand better do as we suggested and begin to separate Hillary Clinton from Barack Obama. Hear that Hillary Clinton supporters in the grassroots?

Big Media pretended to be on board the Hillary Clinton 2016 train but that support was contingent on Hillary Clinton being the third Barack Obama term. If Hillary Clinton 2016 was to be the vassal to Lord and liege Barack Obama then Big Media was all on board. But this week the Hillary hate in Big Media came out like acne on a dirty teen.

At Matthews O’Tingles Mudball show, the knife was given to Lisa Myers who declared Benghazi Hearing “Reopens” Case Against Hillary Clinton.

The dependably foolish Joe Scarborough muses This has the DNA of a Clinton scandal more than it does an Obama scandal, does it not?” Somehow Joe does not realize that it was Barack Obama that was up for election in 2012 and needed to suppress the truth.

Somehow Joe does not know that Tea Party groups were targeted by Obama’s IRS in election year 2012 (complaints from Tea Party groups were airily dismissed by the New York Times). Somehow Joe missed the suppression of an Afghanistan whistle blower and protection of the son of a powerful lobbyist but prosecution of secret service agents. The pattern is there but Joe Scarborough is blind.

At the Washington Post a long time Hillary hater (see, Nexus of Nuts from 2007 to read about this Hillary hater. We wrote that article when we were dutiful Democrats.) by the name of Melinda Henneberger continues her work:

Back to the 90s with Hillary Clinton [snip]

But the longer I listened, the more I realized that the moment evoked by both the questions and the answers was quite a specific one — the 90s, by name. Once again, Republicans smelled blood. But also once again, we were hearing about a give-no-quarter response from Hillary Clinton that seemed to have created more problems than it solved.

In the 90s, it was First Lady Hillary Clinton, with the help of deputy White House counsel Cheryl Mills, who so steadfastly refused to cooperate with investigators looking into the legality of an Arkansas land deal that she looked like she was hiding much more than she actually was.

Even many Democrats came to feel that if only the first lady had been more forthcoming, there would never have been an independent prosecutor in the person of Ken Starr. But, both her legal training and her personal impulse was to give no grain of sand without bloodshed. And it was in that mode — aggrieved, certain, and right in one sense but mistaken in another — that she uttered her infamous remark about the “vast right-wing conspiracy“ against her husband. [snip]

Wednesday’s hearing, however, raised questions about whether she really has learned the management lessons of her time in the White House. Perfectly legitimate issues still on the table include why her State Department didn’t address known security problems despite repeated requests, and why a respected diplomat seems to have been made to pay for asking unwelcome questions. [snip]

Once again, we heard about how ferocious Cheryl Mills was in getting out ahead of any trouble for her boss, angrily phoning Hicks about why he’d met with a Congressional Republican without a State Department lawyer present. [snip]

I could actually see this helping Clinton politically if her critics, who in the past have overplayed their hand, don’t get a grip. But there is clear political danger here for her, too, which this week’s testimony suggests was evident to Team Hillary from Day One.

Her political adversaries are indeed ready to spring back into action as if the years they spent comparing her favorably to Barack Obama never happened. [snip]

And if there’s nothing to hide, then even some belated transparency would help Clinton put the less savory aspects of the 90s behind her for good.

As we repeatedly write, we think Hillary will come out smelling like a rose once the entire story is told. If not, we still want the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth – under oath.

But Republicans, conservatives, have to be careful as Henneberger writes. Already they are as confident as they usually get before Hillary or Bill El Kabongs them.



Because of a convergence of interests a temporary alliance exists. The temporary alliance between Republicans, conservatives, DailyKooks, Bumblin’ Joe Biden, O’Malley, Barack, and the White House henchmen will have a longer, more profitable, lifespan as long as HillaryLand holds its fire against Barack Obama and his Chicago gang.

For Republicans/conservatives it’s popcorn time.
Open warfare erupting between the Clintons and the Obamas, not to mention Bumblin’ Joe regularly shooting himself in the feet, will bring many afternoons of delight. The dangers to Republicans are that certain of their members overplay their hands, again, and El Kabong appears – turning sure profit into loss. A select committee of smart former prosecutors to investigate Benghazi and assorted lies, given appropriate funding and subpoena power, would solve this problem before it sure as shootin’ happens.

In short, Republicans are in clover. They can sit back and ask “so, who changed the Benghazi talking points?” It’s all profit from there. If Republicans are smart and they authorize a well funded select committee of former prosecutors with subpoena power they can begin to force testimony and get answers not suspicions.

Imagine a bushel load of subpoenas to White House personnel who then have to lawyer up and become suspicious of other White House thugs. Soon Tarentino will be able to film a remake of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in the West Wing. Call it Benghazi Unchained.

Hillary Clinton 2016 And Why The #Benghazi Hearings Will Be A Flop

Update II: There are many quotable quotes of the day about the coverup at Benghazi. We think the analysis in our article below is still correct: appoint a select committee with a few members (no more than seven) all with prosecutorial experience to get to the bottom of this Benghazi coverup. 41 hams do not an investigation make especially when they make false charges which undercut their investigation.

As to Hillary Clinton, we have some observations in defense of her January testimony. Hillary’s “what’s the difference” quote has been taken out of context and is entire reasonable.

And today’s Benghazi hearing clears Hillary Clinton of several accusations made against her this weekend and after her January testimony, by hammy members of the committee. Yes we’re referring to the Mark Thompson accusations which he himself refuted today as well as the “signature” issue which was completely refuted as well.

We need a select committee with subpoena power and smarts to investigate the Benghazi coverup.

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Update: We argue below that only a small select committee with experienced prosecutors has a chance to unravel the Benghazi knot. But John Boehner says “no” to a select committee and instead wants the 41 hams on the Oversight Committee to fight for the TV kleig lights.

Most of the testimony and witnesses have already been leaked by some of the hams on broadcasts so expect no bombshells from the place that the bombshells should’a taken place. Obama Dimocrats will do their best to distract and deny.

A clue as to whether these hearings will be step one on the road to a select committee or whether they will be successful in getting facts will be if the Republicans continue to give hammy speeches or do the smart thing which is give their time to one person (such as Trey Gowdy) with prosecutorial experience who knows how to interrogate and ask questions to elicit facts.

Another clue as to whether these Benghazi hearings succeed in getting to the bottom of this scandal comes from the Open thread: Benghazi hearing in House Oversight Committee article at HotAir:

“Greg Gutfeld warns that regardless of the answers, the questions will become irrelevant if the media decides to ignore it

Big Media will do what it has to do to protect Barack Obama. The Oversight Committee today will focus on talking points and other after the fact cover-up lies. To us the central question of Benghazi is why on a September 11 anniversary there was no preparation against attack. It is indeed the central FAILURE OF LEADERSHIP.

As we wrote on January 23, 2013, “People died, Obama lied.” The witnesses today are credible and have standing to accuse and whistle-blow. But we’re gonna need a bigger boat to get to the lies and blow up the cover-up. We’re gonna need a small group of prosecutors in a select committee.

The Benghazi hearing can be seen on C-SPAN.

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The Benghazi hearings slated for this Wednesday are already a flop. We’re sorry that is our conclusion. We think that getting to the bottom of the disaster of September 11, 2012 – the same day Tdouchbag Tsarnaev became an American citizen – is important and necessary.

Uncovering the truth about what happened in Benghazi on September 11 is important because even if Big Media and Obama Dimocrats don’t think it is important – the terrorist killers of Americans in Benghazi know the truth and they are emboldened when our political system denies the truth.

What contempt for the American way of government these terrorist killers must have as they witness the lies and corruption that our political system cannot uncover, or rather, works like sleepless rust to keep covered.

These terrorist killers must laugh at American power and American “justice” as they see the apparatus of the “government of the people, government by the people, government for the people” protect them and shift the blame for terrorist murders of American officials on an American who exercised his rights and produced a Youtube video Innocence of Muslims. That American is now in prison even as the friend of Boston terrorist killer Tdouchebag Tsarnaev is free on bail.

Our hope is that Prince Hamlet was correct when he declared “Foul deeds will rise, Though all the earth o’erwhelm them, to men’s eyes.”

We fear however that our hope is as misplaced as the fools who in 2008 thought Barack Obama was the herald of “hope and change”.

So why are we so pessimistic that the Benghazi truth will rise? Why do we think the Benghazi hearings on Wednesday will flop or have already flopped? It’s because we know the difference between a good investigation and a foolish investigation.

Consider a successful investigation: The Watergate Hearings. There are five reasons why the Watergate Hearings were successful:

(1) The Watergate Hearings held to investigate Richard M. Nixon were conducted under the auspices of a Senate resolution authorizing a Senate select committee comprised of only seven members which in one year issued a report;

(2) the Watergate select committee had subpoena power to acquire witnesses and materials needed for its investigation into the Watergate break-in as well as any other criminal activity – along with the authority to investigate “all other illegal, improper, or unethical conduct occurring during the Presidential campaign of 1972, including political espionage and campaign finance practices”;

(3) the Watergate hearings had a smart leader in a wily “country lawyer” that had in fact graduated from Harvard Law School (a respected institution at the time), was considered a constitutional law expert, served as a Supreme Court Justice in his native North Carolina, and was interested in getting to the bottom of what had happened at the Watergate and the “White House Horrors” as expeditiously as possible;

(4) the public hearings themselves featured an extensive period of time wherein the majority counsel was able to interrogate the witnesses without interruption or distraction;

(5) the Watergate select committee developed a smart media strategy which mostly prevented leaks to the media in favor of dropping “bombshells” from the mouths of witnesses which had the effect of riveting viewers to their televised investigation.

The Senate select committee on Watergate provided a final report on June 27, 1974. On July 24 the Supreme Court ruled that President Nixon had to surrender the tape recordings he fought to keep secret from the special prosecutor. The tapes proved President Nixon participated in a cover-up of White House links to the Watergate burglary. A House Judiciary Committee voted three articles of impeachment against President Nixon and sent them to the full House for a vote. Before the House of Representatives voted Richard Nixon on August 9, 1974 resigned.

Media at the time was not friendly to Richard Nixon, more like it hated him, but Richard Nixon was overwhelmingly reelected in 1972 and the media was not as corrosive a force as it is today. This meant that Watergate was at first mostly ignored. The Washington Post was alone in its reports until eventually the New York Times joined in. It was the Senate select committee that focused attention on Watergate and convinced the American people that the Watergate break-in was a serious enough issue to remove a twice elected president who had a remarkable set of skills and many successes yet to be matched.

The Watergate Senate select committee was a success. By comparison the Benghazi investigation is an embarrassment.

We can already hear the whelps of pain and screams of “idiots” at us for suggesting that the Benghazi investigation is “an embarrassment”. We are sure the defense against our “embarrassment” charge is that this past weekend has been a festival of revelations about what is to come this Wednesday at the Benghazi hearing before Darrell Issa’s House Oversight Committee.

But all those weekend revelations are exactly why we are concerned and believe that the Benghazi hearings will be or are already – a flop. Why did those leaks occur? Does anyone think those leaks are helpful? Really?

We’ve all heard the sensational charge that the military was politically blocked from helping the besieged in Benghazi. That charge is refuted and we get that information from the Republican/conservative website AceOfSpades:

“One note I’ve been wanting to make and it’s related…despite the stuff from Fox this week about how a military response was possible, it wasn’t.

Even the scathing report from the House said there was no timely military rescue/support option (pdf).

Although responsible military officers and civilian officials within the Department of Defense reacted quickly to the attacks in Benghazi, the effectiveness of their response was hindered because U.S. military forces were not properly postured to address the growing threats in northern Africa or to respond to a brief, high-intensity attack on U.S. personnel or interests across much of Africa.

You can fault the DoD for not being properly set-up that night but given how they were deployed and their alert status, there was simply no way to get military assets to Benghazi in time that night.

There’s plenty to go after Obama on over this, making up stories about potential rescue missions doesn’t help.”

The incorrect speculations don’t help. Providing heads up leaks don’t help. Just get the facts first and let the conclusions conclude the investigation.

The leaks are fun and all, but speculation is not fact. And if the speculations are wrong, the advertisements don’t live up to the product, then real harm to the investigation is done. Behold fun speculation that is probably irresponsible, counterproductive, and just plain stupid to “leak”:

“A source with intimate information about the events that happened on the ground in Benghazi the night the U.S. Consulate and the CIA annex was attacked by terrorists told Breitbart News that, ultimately, only the President of the United States, or someone acting on his authority, could have prevented Special Forces either on the ground or nearby from helping those Americans who were under deadly assault.

That call may have been made early in the engagement. Both Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey testified in January that they had no further communication with President Barack Obama after an initial briefing in the early hours of the Benghazi crisis, which continued through the night.

But what about then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton?

I have a hard time thinking it was Hillary alone. Hillary may have tried to circumvent the counterterrorism board and deal with this. I think in order for her to tell General Ham, ‘No, you’re not going to get involved,’ she would have had to talk to the president. The president would have had to say, ‘No, take your commands from Hillary.’ He would have had said something, because Ham does not work for the Department of State; he works directly for the president,” the source explained.”

The Watergate hearings worked in large part because of the bombshell factor. On July 16, 1973 the world was stunned when Alexander Porter Butterfield testified as a witness before the Senate select committee that a White House taping system existed which recorded all of President Nixon’s conversations. That wasn’t leaked. The impact was akin to a massive meteor striking the Earth.

So why did we have so many revelations this past weekend about what is going to happen on Wednesday? We know who the “secret” whistle blower witnesses are going to be and what they are going to say. Why? Why were these bombshells not exploded together for maximum effect on Wednesday at the public hearing?

All the leaks do is help the White House prepare itself for a response at a time of its choosing. The leaks give away the tactical advantage to the Obama White House goons.

Unlike the Watergate select committee which was small and had smart leadership the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is not a select committee but is a sprawling mess with 41 members many of limited intelligence and to make matters worse its chairman is a bit of a show horse who makes promises he can’t seem to keep:

“After becoming Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Issa has become a vocal advocate for investigations into the Obama administration, including the Troubled Assets Relief Program, the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, corruption in Afghanistan, WikiLeaks, and the Food and Drug Administration, among other issues.[41] In 2010 he told the press that he wanted the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to hold investigative hearings “seven hearings a week, times 40 weeks.“‘

We really don’t see much of a record of success. Is it the fault of Chairman Issa? Chairman Issa has unilateral subpoena power but somehow we don’t seem to see much action. We know that there are Benghazi survivors in Washington who have never been publicly heard from but somehow Chairman Issa has not seen fit to subpoena them.

Perhaps the problem is not Chairman Issa but the mess of a committee he heads. With 41 members we know that every Obama Dimocrat will take their turn at bat to subvert the job of investigating what happened in Benghazi. But the Republican members will take their turn to posture, preen, and pose, all the while ignoring the previous questions from their Republican colleagues. It would be best if Republicans on the committee gave up their time to one person with prosecutor conditionals, such as Trey Gowdy, to ask all the questions for the majority.

We are not the only ones concerned; Jim Geraghty at National Review Online:

“Dear Republicans on the House Oversight Committee:

Please do not grandstand. Please do not take the time before the television cameras to tell us how outraged you are, even though what you are investigating is, indeed, outrageous. There will be plenty of time for that after the hearing. All day Wednesday, give us the facts, and then more facts, and then more facts.

Just ask the questions of the witnesses. Let them speak and don’t cut them off. Do not give the Obama administration any cover to claim that this is a partisan witch hunt from unhinged political opponents. Don’t waste time complaining about the media’s lack of interest or coverage so far. Just give them — and us — the facts to tell the story, a story that will leave all of us demanding accountability.

Sheryl Attkisson’s excellent reporting for CBS gives us a sense of what to expect, with three big issues.

First: Leading up to September 11, why did the State Department keep reducing the amount of security protecting diplomatic staff in Libya, in light of the increasingly dire requests from those in country? [snip]

Second: Precisely what happened that night? Was there a time when a rescue could have been authorized, but wasn’t? Were any forces told to “stand down” and not attempt a rescue? [snip]

Third, what happened afterwards, and was there an effort to lie to the American people about what happened? [snip]

Finally, did the previous efforts to investigate this amount to a cover-up?

Get the facts. Don’t give speeches. Get the facts with clear, simple questions. And as Geraghty warns:

“In short, what we don’t need is a bold, expectation-setting, agenda-hinting prediction like this:

Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said on his radio show Monday that President Obama “will not fill out his full term” because he was complicit in a “cover-up” surrounding the attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in Libya.

“I believe that before it’s all over, this president will not fill out his full term,” Huckabee said. “I know that puts me on a limb, but this is not minor.”

Just the facts Ma’am. Just the facts.

After Wednesday, may we please get a select committee of the House… please? Appoint members with prosecutorial experience such as Trey Gowdy to the committee and weed out the show boats and the squishes to finally pull out corruption by its grey haired roots.

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Back in 2008 we called for a special prosecutor to investigate Barack Obama.

As the Benghazi attack Big Media blackout continued we wrote:

“We want answers as to what happened in Benghazi. On this issue politics should be put aside and let the chips fall where they may. As we have repeatedly written we believe if the entire story is told Hillary will come out smelling like a rose. But we doubt the entire story will be told while Barack Obama is in office.”

We wrote that as Hillary Clinton was preparing to testify before the House and Senate committees on January 23, 2013. We did not expect much before that hearing and we did not get much from that hearing:

“As we wrote below Republicans have caved on Benghazi like they have on the fiscal cliff and the debt ceiling. Perhaps this afternoon the House Republicans will ask some pertinent questions.

Most ridiculous “question” came from Durbin of Illinois who spent his time remembering Bush era “weapons of mass destruction” stories which at the time even Al Gore thought were true. Somehow Durbin forgot Hillary voted for the authorization on that Iraq issue. Even if Durbin has a point on the weapons of mass destruction issue, shouldn’t everyone of every political stripe be against misinformation and lies in situations such as Benghazi? People died, Obama lied.

We know that many will assume we are insincere when we state we want the truth and that we do believe that at the end of the Benghazi investigation Hillary Clinton will come out smelling like a rose. Some will get their hopes up and call us “shills” for “Shillary” the crook, criminal, lesbian, liar, killer, rape enabler, thief… all the insults that bring temporary emotional gratification but not much else.

Consider, if Hillary Clinton is the horrible criminal and evil mastermind some allege, then how has she gotten away with it for so long and do you really think that Darrell Issa and his committee are the ones that can do what hasn’t been done?

Unlike Barack Obama whose sole defense is to have his goons race-bait in order to protect him, Hillary Clinton cannot race-bait – but she does have decades of experience surviving attacks and profiting politically from them. Today Jonah Goldberg writes “Hillary is no Barack” as if that is a bad thing.

Goldberg whose mom did everything she could do to destroy Bill Clinton failed in her task as Bill Clinton left the White House with 65% approval from the American public. Of course, after Barack Obama’s election it is tough for us to argue about the wisdom of the American electorate. But we certainly can argue that Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton will survive Benghazi and much more.

Goldberg should consider our analysis that Hillary will have more difficulty getting the nomination than winning the general election in 2016. And Hillary’s biggest challenge in the general election 2016 is scraping the Barack off her shoes:

“In 2016 the greatest threat to Hillary Clinton is once again Barack Obama – and his legacy of weakness and profligacy. Tie Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama and she loses.”

With Benghazi many Republicans/conservatives and assorted Hillary haters or just plain ol’ political opponents who honestly and fairly disagree with her on many issues believe that they can “get her” before she runs for president in 2016. In other words Benghazi 2013 stops Hillary Clinton 2016. We don’t believe it is going to be so easy and many Republicans/conservatives who don’t want Hillary Clinton 2016 wisely agree with us.

Ed Morrisey at HotAir discussed a WaPo fact checker: Who rewrote the Benghazi talking points?:

“Give Glenn Kessler credit; he was almost alone among the mainstream media in immediately calling Susan Rice’s explanation of the attack on the Benghazi consulate fishy, awarding her two Pinocchios at the time. (Perhaps not too much credit, says Ann Althouse, via Instapundit.)  Should that get bumped up now that whistleblowers are prepared to blow the Obama administration’s fairy tale on Benghazi out of the water?  Kessler argues, correctly, that the better question is who crafted the four-Pinocchio lie, and to what purpose: [snip]

Kessler’s right, but his scope is too narrow. The rewrite has always appeared to be a cover-up from the White House and/or State Department — and make no mistake, the CIA wouldn’t be carrying water for Hillary Clinton and State. The big question is: what were they trying to cover? In my column for The Week, I argue that the context is much broader, and it’s perhaps even more relevant today than ever: [snip]

The point of the cover-up wasn’t just to preserve the argument that Barack Obama had fatally weakened al-Qaeda, which few really believed anyway. It was to preserve the foreign-policy expertise argument in the 2012 presidential election, and to keep American voters from seeing the true scope of the disaster of Obama’s intervention in Libya. And that matters even more now, with the same administration considering another 30,00o-foot intervention that would end up once again benefiting al-Qaeda affiliates on the ground.”

[emphasis added]

Our operating theory is that Benghazi was a CIA operation in a State Department compound for who knows what. Possibly an Iran/contra type operation to get munitions and supplies to Syrian “rebels” is what was going on. Maybe it was about Chad, who knows? That’s what we need an thorough investigation for.

Let’s hope we’re wrong and that this Wednesday we finally unravel the Benghazi knot of lies. Investigate, investigate, investigate.

ObamaCare: Repeal It, Don’t ‘Repair’ It; Nix It – Don’t ‘Fix’ It

In the coming months, as in the past few weeks, some opponents of ObamaCare will be tempted for various reasons to attempt repairs on the Frankenstein monster that is ObamaCare. But, like a gangrenous limb that must be amputated in order to save the body, Barack ObamaCare must be removed from the body politic.

No attempt should be made to “repair” the irreparable. No lure should be accepted to “fix” what must be nixed.

The contours of the fight to come are clear from recent events: Obama Dimocrats who rammed the Obama health scam through congress even as the public opposed Obamacare see the coming train wreck and want to redistribute blame to include Republicans who unanimously opposed Obama’s health scam legislation; foolish Republicans who think their party needs to once again be rebranded as “compassionate conservatives” are looking for tactical refinements to ObamaCare.

Thus far those foolish Republican “leaders” have been rebuffed. The ranks of Obama Dimocrats desperate to share the blame for the coming life killing train wreck grow in numbers. Today we hear from Obama Dimocrat Harry Reid: We’re gonna need a lot more ObamaCare money to stop the train wreck. You’re gonna need a bigger boat.



Republican “leader” Eric Cantor went looking for a bigger boat to donate to Harry Reid recently:

GOP at Cross Purposes on ‘Obamacare’

To repeal or dismantle? That is the internal debate roiling House Republicans as they plot their strategy on the landmark 2010 health care law, as its implementation accelerates.

Recognizing that neither President Barack Obama nor the Democratic Senate will entertain legislation that fully repeals the Affordable Care Act, House GOP leaders are pushing their conference to embrace a series of messaging bills altering or dismantling pieces of the law to publicize for voters what Republicans argue are the statute’s many failed and damaging policies. Their goal is to turn the law into an issue they can use against Democrats in the 2014 midterms.

But rank-and-file Republicans, particularly freshmen and sophomore members, worry that any legislation to repeal a portion of the law could be interpreted by their constituents as strengthening it. Or worse, many Republicans fear that repealing broadly unpopular parts of the Affordable Care Act, such as the medical-device tax, might strengthen voters’ opinion of the law, decreasing the possibility that political pressure for full repeal will mount as a predicted messy implementation progresses.

Cantor was rebuffed by his own party caucus but not before Big Media had a chance to continue to attack Republicans on ObamaCare:

“In February, Cantor proposed a variety of initiatives to move the party “beyond the fiscal debate” and toward the “millions of Americans who just want their life to work again.” His proposals included changing comp and flex time, revising worker training, and helping people with preexisting medical conditions.

But Wednesday’s rebellion shows a flaw in the plan. In this case, Democrats opposed the bill because it proposed changes to Obamacare, which they considered an attempt to undermine the program. That meant the measure would pass only with near-unanimous Republican support, which seemed unlikely because conservative groups such as the Club for Growth and the Heritage Foundation spinoff Heritage Action opposed it, arguing that it wouldn’t repeal Obamacare.

At the conservatives’ luncheon, the nine lawmakers dutifully parroted these arguments. “We’re shifting money from one part of Obamacare we don’t support to another part of Obamacare we don’t support. That’s a non-starter for me,” Amash said.”

From ObamaCare supporters the argument is that “implementation” is the problem and that it might be a political problem because ObamaCare will be implemented in an election year.

Admirer of Obama pants leg crease, David Brooks, thinks it is “Health Chaos Ahead”:

“Health Chaos Ahead

It was always going to be difficult to implement Obamacare, but even fervent supporters of the law admit that things are going worse than expected.

Implementation got off to a bad start because the Obama administration didn’t want to release unpopular rules before the election. Regulators have been working hard but are clearly overwhelmed, trying to write rules that influence the entire health care sector — an economic unit roughly the size of France. Republicans in Congress have made things much more difficult by refusing to provide enough money for implementation.

By now, everybody involved seems to be in a state of anxiety. Insurance companies are trying to put out new products, but they don’t know what federal parameters they have to meet. Small businesses are angry because the provisions that benefited them have been put on the back burner. Health care systems are highly frustrated. They can’t plan without a road map. Senator Max Baucus, one of the authors of the law, says he sees a “huge train wreck” coming.

I’ve been talking with a bipartisan bunch of health care experts, trying to get a sense of exactly how bad things are. In my conversations with this extremely well-informed group of providers, academics and former government officials, I’d say there is a minority, including some supporters of the law, who think the whole situation is a complete disaster. They predict Obamacare will collapse and do serious damage to the underlying health system.

Obama protector and endorser David Brooks thinks in the end things will be “shambolic messiness” but then we will be in a “new normal”. What is the “new normal”? For Brooks this means that “The law’s biggest defenders will then become insurance companies and health care corporations. Having spent billions of dollars adapting to the new system, they are not going to want to see it repealed or replaced.” But first come the problems:

“The experts talk about the problems that lie ahead in cascades. First, there is what you might call the structural cascade. Everything is turning out to be more complicated than originally envisioned. The Supreme Court decision made the Medicaid piece more complicated. The decision by many states not to set up exchanges made the exchange piece more complicated. The lines of accountability between, for example, state and federally run exchanges have grown byzantine and unclear.

A law that was very confusing has become mind-boggling. That could lead people to freeze up. Insurance companies will hesitate before venturing into state exchanges, thereby limiting competition and choice. Americans are just going to be overwhelmed and befuddled. Many are just going to stay away, even if they are eligible for benefits.

Then there is the technical cascade. At some point, people are going to sit at computers and enroll. If the data process looks like some 1990s glitchmonster, if information doesn’t flow freely, then the public opinion hit will be catastrophic.

Then there is the cost cascade. Nearly everybody not in the employ of the administration agrees this law does not solve the cost problem, and many of the recent regulatory decisions will send costs higher. [snip]

Then there is the adverse selection cascade. Under the law, young healthy people subsidize poorer, sicker and older people. But the young may decide en masse that it is completely irrational for them to get health insurance that subsidizes others while they are healthy. They’ll be better off paying the fines, if those are even enforced, and opting out. Without premiums from the young, everybody else’s costs go up even higher.

Then there is the provider concentration cascade.”

We won’t quote further from Brooks regarding the problems of ObamaCare. The point that Brooks and others are loathe to admit is that the problems with ObamaCare are not just “implementation”. The problem is that ObamaCare is a Chicago scam that loots the economy to pay for worse health care.

Some ObamaCare gurus think the problem is not even implementation. Can you guess what they think the problem is? It’s that old standby: messaging. But even Obama protecting Politico writes that ObamaCare 2.0 is “shaky like 1.0″.

Some of the most ardent ObamaCare supporters have gone public with complaints:

“Democratic Senators Tell White House of Concerns About Health Care Law Rollout

WASHINGTON — Democratic senators, at a caucus meeting with White House officials, expressed concerns on Thursday about how the Obama administration was carrying out the health care law they adopted three years ago.

Democrats in both houses of Congress said some members of their party were getting nervous that they could pay a political price if the rollout of the law was messy or if premiums went up significantly. [snip]

Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Democrat of New Hampshire, who is up for re-election next year, said, “We are hearing from a lot of small businesses in New Hampshire that do not know how to comply with the law.”

In addition, Mrs. Shaheen said, “restaurants that employ people for about 30 hours a week are trying to figure out whether it would be in their interest to reduce the hours” of those workers, so the restaurants could avoid the law’s requirement to offer health coverage to full-time employees. [snip]

Senator Tom Harkin, Democrat of Iowa and chairman of the appropriations subcommittee on health care, said he was extremely upset with Mr. Obama’s decision to take money from public health prevention programs and use it to publicize the new law, which creates insurance marketplaces in every state.

“I am greatly disappointed — beyond upset — that the administration chose to help pay for the Affordable Care Act in fiscal year 2013 by raiding the Public Health and Prevention Fund,” Mr. Harkin said.

The administration said it had transferred $332 million from the prevention fund to pay for “education and outreach” activities publicizing the new insurance markets, or exchanges.

To express his displeasure, Mr. Harkin has blocked Senate action on Mr. Obama’s nominee to be administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Marilyn B. Tavenner. [snip]

Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, Democrat of Maryland, said he told White House officials on Thursday that he was concerned about big rate increases being sought by the largest health insurer in his state. [snip] The company said the higher premiums reflected costs of complying with the new law. [snip]

Congressional leaders wrestled at the same time with a more parochial concern, health insurance for members of Congress and their aides.

A provision of the 2010 law, sought by a Republican senator, says members of Congress and many of their aides must get their health benefits through the new insurance exchanges. Some lawmakers and their aides are worried that the government may not continue to pay its share of the premiums.

Michael Steel, a spokesman for Speaker John A. Boehner, said this was the “Democrats’ problem to solve.”

Recently the crisis of ObamaCare messaging and implementation hit home. The lawmakers who passed ObamaCare wanted an exemption from ObamaCare.

The problems with the ObamaCare health scam are not merely a matter of implementation or messaging. John A. Boehner might be learning, if reports are to be believed:

“The fact that Democratic leaders want to opt themselves out of the Obamacare exchanges shows that Sen. Baucus isn’t the only one who realizes the president’s health care law is a ‘train wreck,’” said Boehner spokesman Michael Steel.

“The speaker would like to see resolution of this problem, along with the other nightmares created by Washington Democrats’ health law, which is why he supports full repeal,” Steel added. “In the meantime, it is Democrats’ problem to solve. He will not sneak any language into bills to solve it for them — and the Democratic leadership knows that.”

There might be hope for Mitch McConnell too:

“McConnell spokesman Brian McGuire told Breitbart News, “Senator McConnell does not support, and is not involved in drafting, legislation that would do special favors for Congress when his constituents are still facing the increased premiums and taxes, the mountains of red tape, the loss of health care plans they like and want to keep and fewer jobs under Obamacare.”

“It’s no surprise that Democrats would want to exempt themselves from the train wreck they created in Obamacare,” McGuire continued, “but Sen. McConnell believes the entire country should be exempt from this historic mistake. The law is a disaster and needs to be repealed.

That must be the answer. Repeal. Ram it right down Barack Obama’s throat in 2014. Kill ObamaCare before it kills you.