I need five thousand sweaters this afternoon . And by the way it’s time to reassess your property
Boston Mayor James Michael Curley
I must say the Chris Christie George Washington Bridge Scandal and been telling. I’ve been amazing at what it’s revealed concerning the administration’s use of raw political power against its foes.
Mind you it hasn’t told us much, so far, about NJ but its been critical in terms of what it’s told us about the Obama administration & the IRS. Think of what we’ve discovered in the last 10 days during the “Bridgegate” scandal that the media has covered non-stop.
First just as the Christie Story got off the ground we discovered that the person the administration put in charge of investigating the IRS a longtime political donor:
The Justice Department selected an avowed political supporter of President Obama to lead the criminal probe into the IRS targeting of tea party groups,
Doug Powers had an excellent line:
Eric Holder’s Justice Department is ensuring their choice to lead the IRS probe won’t have any unfair pro-Tea Party bias:
Stacy McCain had a great tweet (for those old enough to remember Nixon)
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) January 9, 2014
But not to worry on my own show our friend in the Bob Beckel chair said we can’t conclude that a political donor or supporter would not be unbiased.
That being the case I’m sure Lynda Pagliughi the current acting chair of the GOP would be a perfect selection to investigate Bridgegate and get to the bottom of it. I’m sure the media would agree.
The FBI finally has begun to contact some of the tea party groups targeted by the Internal Revenue Service for inappropriate scrutiny in the first public signs that the administration’s criminal investigation is progressing.
A lawyer representing some of the tea party groups that battled the IRS for tax-exempt status told The Washington Times that a “small number” of his clients were recently contacted, seven months after the investigation was supposed to have begun.
The progress was revealed a day after The Times reported that the Justice Department lawyer who is leading the investigation into the IRS, Barbara Kay Bosserman, has donated more than $6,000 to President Obama’s presidential campaigns — a move that, for many Republicans, has called into question the entire investigation.
Well I’m glad the FBI finally was able to clear time out of its busy schedule to make sure they started interviewing some of the people targeted after all. The President & the AG both referred to the IRS scandal as an outrage so it’s good to see that it only took the FBI seven months to get around to talking to some of the victims, particularly with all the extra help they’ve had from the IRS:
John Koskinen, the new head of the IRS, said Monday he believes the agency is “on the home stretch” of completing the congressional investigations into possible political targeting of Tea Party groups.
In order to expedite the investigations, the IRS has enlisted a team of 150 full-time employees, many of whom are lawyers, working to produce more than 500,000 pages of documents requested by congressional oversight committees.
I’m sure the Christie People will be just has helpful in NJ.
The Next thing we discovered, right after the Chris Christie press conference, was how much the Christie Scandal highlighted the contrast between his actions and the president’s when it came to the IRS Rudy Guilani noticed it:
You know, Martha, that’s always kind of simplistic after some like this happens, you know, how could it happen, how could you not have known? How did President Obama not know about the IRS targeting right wing groups? You know, massive numbers of right wing groups…
He stood there for 111 minutes, in an open dialogue with the press. Now only if Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton would give us 111 seconds of that would we find out some things we want to find out about Obamacare, Benghazi, the I.R.S.. I mean Chris Christie’s– (Gregory Interrupts) –been (CHUCKLE) totally open here.
Nobody wants the power of government to be used against somebody just cause you lost. A good example of this is the IRS scandal President Obama used the IRS or is alleged to have used the IRS to go after conservative groups and tea party groups…
Which brings us to the Obama Administration, which quickly leaked to the media that the U.S. Attorney is investigating the lane closures as a criminal matter. Well, that sure was fast, and nice of Eric Holder’s Justice Department to show its typical discretion when investigating political opponents.
This is the same Administration that won’t tell Congress what resources it is devoting to the IRS probe, and appears to be slow-rolling it. It has also doubled down by expanding the political vetting of 501(c)(4) groups seeking tax-exempt status. Lois Lerner, who ran the IRS tax-exempt shop and took the Fifth before Congress, was allowed to “retire,” presumably with a pension. Acting IRS commissioner Steven Miller resigned under pressure but no other heads have rolled. Yet compared to using the IRS against political opponents during an election campaign, closing traffic lanes for four days is jaywalking. We raise this mostly because our media friends have been complicit in dismissing the IRS abuses, and for that matter every other legal abuse during the Obama years.
And even MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski noticed it too
These were OK because even at the start of the tax season they were inside the conservative blog “bubble” so to speak.
What got people so upset was that message was getting out to the MSM via conservatives like Paul, Rudy and Reince right at Tax Time. It reached the point where even the MSNBC audience was hearing it daily via Joe Scarborough & Morning Joe.
And that’s when we found out the true meaning of coincidence.
Just as the Tax Season was starting and just as the comparison and the contrast of the IRS Scandal was being firmly established as background to the Chris Christie Scandal, lo and behold after only a few days of talking to witness we suddenly saw this out of the FBI:
While the case is still being investigated and could remain open for months, officials familiar with its progress said it is increasingly unlikely any criminal charges will result. That could change, the officials cautioned, if unexpected evidence is discovered that alters their thinking.
With this year’s midterm elections heating up, the FBI’s decision will feed both parties’ stories about why—or whether—the IRS scandal mattered. …
Now some people who know the time line might consider it quite amazing after IRS officials take the fifth,after investigators stonewall congress f, and after apparently only a week of starting to actually talk to witnesses the FBI finds itself able to say criminal charges were “increasingly unlikely”.
If we weren’t dealing with the most open and transparent administration in history one might conclude from the time line of events that while starting as a convenient cover for a news dump, Bridgegate’s parallels to the IRS scandal and the unwanted attention it produced outside of conservative media necessitated a carefully worded leak saying it’s “unlikely” that criminal charges will come to give the media a handy talking point if GOP members continue to draw that parallel on camera to low information voters in an election year..
Some might say this isn’t the act of a transparent administration. I disagree these are entirely the actions I expect from an administration so transparent that anyone can see right through them.
Update Cue Frank Drebin:
It’s Wednesday and January 2014 continues to be the worst month the Tip Jar has seen since I started using it toward the mortgage.
Yesterday the combined take from the since January 1st finally passed the goal for a single pay week.
As for this week, we are not even 22% of the way to a full paycheck on a Wednesday. and we are on the pace for our third consecutive shortfall.
Hopefully a late surge will change that, but it can only change with your help because if we fail to meet the weekly goal
Then the monthly goal and the Mortgage becomes in doubt.
Now if we can get 57 1/4 more subscribers @ at $20 a month the bills the problem will be solved on a more permanent basis.
It won’t cover CPAC but it will do all the base bills and that’s what counts
Can you be one of them?