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.
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.