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)

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 very next day we found out on just how busy the FBI has been since May of 2013. We discovered they were SO busy that they only got around to talking to targeted tea party groups last week.

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…

Renice Priebus noticed it

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.

Rand Paul noticed it

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…

The Wall Street Journal noticed it:

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

And that’s when I noticed our friends on the left became very upset at the comparisons not because of stuff like the AF Branco cartoon on Legal Insurrection that we’ve already shown you

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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:

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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

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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

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While the media,  as opposed to the rest of the country, continues to be shocked SHOCKED at the political culture in NJ this  story from Tip O’Neill’s autobiography Man of the House seems remarkably relevant.

In the chapter “The Kennedys” Tip tells about the Democrat convention of 1960 and the process of lining up delegates for Kennedy.  He was talking to four delegates from the Virgin Islands one of whom was for Kennedy while the other three supported three different candidates.  As he buttonholed them  Congressman Mike Kirvan came by and took over the conversation.  Tip tells the story on page 93:

“Do you know who I am?” he asked.

“You’re Mr. Kirwan.” said one of he delegates.

“And do you know what I do?”

“You’re the chairman of the Subcommittee on Public Works.”

“That’s right,” said Mike:  “Now if I’m not mistaken you could use a new school in St. Croix.  And I’ve heard something about a new power plant. And wasn’t there talk of a new sewage system?”

The delegates just nodded.

“Now I’m with Kennedy,” said Mike, “and if Kennedy wins I can get you those things.  If Kennedy doesn’t win, I can’t.  Now who did you say you were supporting?”

“Kennedy.”

“Kennedy.”

“Kennedy.”

“Kennedy.”

“Good,” said Mike, “That’s what I thought you said.”

I’m shocked SHOCKED that the sainted Democrat pols of Camelot would make the power, school and sewage needs of an island’s populace dependent on a primary endorsement.  I’m sure the media that worships the Kennedys would be all broken up about it too.

I think we are really going to have to question the culture of these Democrats of the sixties and re-examine all the dollars spent on the war on poverty and more to see if there were political motives behind them.

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It’s Tuesday and the 2014 doldrums continue apace.

We are coming up to the half way point of the month and the half way point to the week and , and we have so far moved the ball only $22 dollars toward a full paycheck.

Now statistically January is traditionally a bad month here. January of 2011 & 2012 both rank in my bottom 6 months since I moved the blog to its current site.

But no matter what like a Baseball game there is no clock so if we get those 12 tip jar hits of $25 we’ll be back where we ought to be

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Once we manage that then we’ll worry about catching up on the ground we’re behind.

That new subscriber means we’re now only 57 1/4 more subscribers @ at $20 a month the bills will be paid every week and 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

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Robin: Those I kill die from misusing the trust that Richard left with them. And the worst of these is Richard’s own brother.

King Richard (in disguise): Oh! Then you blame Prince John.

Robin: No, I blame Richard.

The Adventures of Robin Hood 1938

But I want to say one thing to the American people, I want you to listen to me, I’m going to say this again.  I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss. Lewinsky.  I never told anyone to lie, not a single time, ever.  These allegations are false and  I need to go back to work for the American People.  Thank you!

President Bill Clinton

Yesterday on DaTechGuy on DaRadio during Da Magnificent Panel we were (surprise, surprise) discussing Chris Christie and the bridge business. The subject of the neverending press conference came up and the question became what this the right move.  It created an incredible contrast to the president so much so that Media Matters literally argued that the GOP would use that contrast to attack the president, which by an odd coincidence is exactly what I had already advised them to do.

The consensus was that politically Christie did what he had to do. A strong denial and  answering questions to the point where no member of the press could pretend he was ducking.

 

In the middle of the discussion a terrible thought occurred to me. What Christie did was clearly the right political move if he was wasn’t involved, but what if he was up to it to his neck?

What if Christie is just a self centered bastard who only wants to save his job and his possible prospects for a White House bid at all costs?  If that was the case and his goal then politically, what is the right move?

I asked the question and the general agreement was the right political move was exactly what he did..

The move would be to do what he did, use the power of his office to delay any disclosure, insist he already answered all the questions (and point to the length of the press conference in his case to back it up) and count on any party officials who know otherwise to keep silent and aides to do so to on the theory that pols don’t hire people who sell them.

Now there was a time when such a brazen dishonorable calculation was extremely rare.   James Curley for example used that calculation to keep Tip O’Neill quiet after stealing a party election from him.  That silence paid off for Tip.  It launched O’Neill rise in leadership first in Massachusetts, turning it blue and then in the House leading to his speakership.

But even in Curley’s case his actions (he arranged for the numbers in a party election to be transposed so O’Neills results were reported as Curley’s & vice versa) wasn’t public knowledge, O’Neill dropped the fight before it became public knowledge, Curley was never put in the position to lie directly to the general public over his acts.

Instead of grand denials those under suspicion tended to keep silent to see if the evidence would come out or a party leaders or big donors would approach the person privately  and say something like:

“Listen you can’t take the party down with you, make your apologies, resign and at best we can slowly rehabilitate you and at worse will take care of you.”

Maybe that conversation would come at the start of the scandal if the party knew there was some there there, maybe it would come father down the road when it became clear that the press or investigator would find the truth or,  maybe like with Nixon when the smoking guns proving direct lies to the people came out backers would approach him and say bluntly:  Sorry we just can’t back you up anymore …

…then came Bill Clinton.

Bill Clinton for those too young used an impressionable young intern for sex in the white house abusing his position as president (what in the private sector would be considered sexual harassment).  When it came out he lied directly to the American people, lied under oath in court and even lied to his advisers (if you believe his advisers that is).  When Kenneth Starr was appointed to investigate his and his advisers obstructed the investigation at every turn the party energized activists to defend him (That where Move on.org came from) and you actually had the Newsweek blog (sorry I mean magazine, it wasn’t just online then) sitting on evidence that was eventually leaked to Drudge.

Yet when the Starr Report came out and the vote for impeachment was coming, while republican after republicans took the time to read the report and the evidence that was submitted to them but not the public at the time,  not a single democrat in the house did the same.  They didn’t want to know.

And when the impeachment vote came and went against him in the house ( coincidentally the president decided that was a perfect time to launch a missile strike on Iraq)  Democrats en masse lined up behind Bill Clinton as Al Gore pronounced him “One of our greatest presidents” in a press event at the while house.

The party didn’t tell him to leave, the Democrats many still in congress didn’t reject him and he not only survived his trial in the Senate but is still celebrated by the left and the media to this day.

Remember this was the president.  If sexual harassment in the White House lying to the American people’s face and doing the same under oath to a grand jury doesn’t disqualify you from the White House or the support of your party & activists why would any such behavior disqualify a person from any lesser office.

And people wonder why folks like Filner & Weiner figured they could get away with it and why the occupant of this White House doesn’t worry about the scandals from Benghazi to the IRS?

I don’t know if Chris Christie was directly involved in those lane closures in New Jersey.  His decision to fire principles involved rather than like Nixon in Watergate becoming involved via a coverup  would suggest otherwise.

But if he was involved, and got up and lied through is teeth to the American people and you wonder why he thought he could get away with it, you need to look no father than President Bill Clinton and all those who enabled him, including the American People.

Update:  The video for those too young to remember:

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It’s Sunday, a new week which is a good thing because the last two weeks have not been very successful.

Well that’s not entirely true, we’ve had fair traffic but not only have we failed to make goal to secure the mortgage and pay DaMagnificent Seven plus our new villager the first two weeks combined didn’t manage to come up to a single week’s goal

But we’re back again, with a $345 goal for the week to try and start to move the ball forward toward getting the mortgage and the writers paid this month.

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Once we manage that then we’ll worry about catching up on the ground we’re behind.

Of course if we can get 58 1/4 more subscribers @ at $20 a month the bills will be paid every week and the problem will be solved on a more permanent basis.

What do you say?