So the answer is simple…ABOLISH THE IRS. Watched the hearings today and it seems like it’s time to consider this seriously.
Whereas the week’s media entertainment has been entertaining I must confess (now that we are in the “scandal” era officially – even MSNBC is oozing queasiness.) that having 3 scandals (or is it 4? 5?) erupt at once is rather ingenious. It keeps one from focusing too long on any one scandal.
Fox News – led by what is often certifiable, foaming (and yet still whiney) coverage by Hannity – is over hyping every “revelation”. The result being that nothing is startling or damning – it’s just a D.C. mess that can be swept away with whatever next week’s media drama turns out to be. (North Korea? A wider war in the Middle East?, A wildfire in the Kardashian’s backyard?) Many on the Right are so smugly livid in their allotted 5 minutes of air time that they neglect to tell a story, connect the big dots (The “story” is: Chicago Politics Are How Obama‘s Government Works.)
MSNBC is doing due diligence – reporting, commenting, and playing defense – waiting for some GOP gas bag to say something shockingly dumb – which a GOP gas bag will do – at which time they can return to form: adulation for Obi, contempt for the racist rabble who doesn’t adore Obi.
Unless the I.R.S. scandal can be brought into the White House (and it might just go there) I doubt any of this will matter in 2 months. The GOP is so driven by an addiction to fury at Obama – they are neglecting to weave a narrative. These 3 scandals can and should be thematically connected. It’s about abuse of power and arrogant contempt. (Eric Holder embodies both.) Obama’s White house is running rough shod over reporters, political opponents, and the truth in the pursuit of power. Again, look at Chicago politics for the template.
Telling the broader story takes dispassion. (Think John Dean.) So far no one on the Right can get past their screaming resentments long enough to lay out the over arching narrative….which, BTW, is pretty damning.
Mayor McCheese meet Mayor…WEINER!
The scandal gods are out in force this week. Late today we learned this. My, oh, my.
Which current Obama scandal is more disturbing? Chilling, indeed. Or, if you will, this - which appears more and more like the grossest of political shamelessness. After four Americans were killed did higher ups really insist on an absurd story to protect a sitting President‘s election prospects? If so it’s amoral in a way that rivals Dick Cheney‘s grossest lies that sent the country to war.
(Now the GOP is insisting Clinton is not a target of the probe, which means, of course, that she is. )
This blog was clear early that the “video caused the attack” excuse was nonsense. That this horse shit kept being slung remains the most disturbing aspect of the story. The political reality is that Obama probably won’t go down over this. Hillary will. Is that fair? You decide. And the media won’t take the hit it deserves either. I seem to remember Candy Crowley running interference for Barry O. in a debate. But the entire media apparatus shucked and jived one last time for their darling in the weeks before the election. Fair or not, in order to make amends they will bury Clinton and merely bruise Obama.
Of course, the GOP will overplay their hand….which is Clinton’s political hope here.
The I.R.S. scandal is meaty and could end up being alarming. Giving some groups a hard time with paperwork is upsetting…will this scandal become something more? It may well. Already our Tax Police have awakened a fading giant in the Tea Party by proving them right. However high the malfeasance goes I assure you those who “went too far” felt they were doing the right thing in going after out tea party groups. This is how the current Prog mind works. They are “stupid racists” (MSNBC said so!) so we can bend the rules. Will this reach into the White House? Almost certainly not. But it will piss off legions of recently depressed anti-Obama groups and pave the way for the likes of Rand Paul…or, God save us, Ted Cruz.
We’ll all be libertarians in the end. Watch.