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Busted Republicans Try to Skulk Away from Their Fake IRS Scandal

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Wednesday, February, 5th, 2014, 3:33 pm

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Republicans

were

poutraged

today

that

President

Obama

had

the

nerve

to

call

them

on

their

scandal

mongering

during

his

href=”http://www.politicususa.com/2014/02/02/obama-slams-fox-news-pushing-conspiracy-theories-super-bowl-interview.html”>Super

Bowl

“interview”

with

Fox’s

Bill

O’Reilly.

They

urge

Americans

to

not

follow

their

example

of

jumping

to

conclusions.

Remember

when

Republicans

were

accusing

Obama

of

a

cover

up

like

Watergate?

They

called

him

Nixon,

which

while

it

may

have

been

a

nice

break

from

calling

him

Hitler

and

demanding

his

birth

certificate,

was

woefully

inaccurate

and

sadly

revealed

Republicans’

deep

desire

to

find

something

they

could

pin

on

this

President

something

that

rivaled

one

of

the

major

Republican

Presidential

scandals.

This

has

caused

them

to

hyperventilate

on

a

daily

basis

over

a

constantly

replenished

buffet

of

accusations

that

Obama

is

Bush

and

Nixon.

No

one

bothers

to

ask

them

what

this

suggests

about

their

party

that

in

order

to

smear

Obama,

they

accuse

him

of

acting

like

a

Republican

President.

So

Representative

Mike

Kelley

(R-PA)

urged

caution

at

a

Committee

hearing

today,

saying,

“The

truth

of

the

matter

is,

we

don’t

know

yet

what

the

answer

is

in

the

investigation

of

the

IRS.”

The

translation

for

this

is

“We’ve

been

busted,

the

evidence

actually

suggests

that

we

deliberately

misled

people,

so

let’s

do

a

big

pivot.”

All

summer

long,

the

editors

at

Politicus

told

you

the

IRS

“scandal”

was

not

real.

There

was

no

evidence

of

targeting

conservatives,

in

fact,

both

“sides”

were

“targeted”,

also

known

as

the

IRS

attempting

to

do

its

job.

Then

came

the

endless

hearings

during

which

Darrell

Issa

only

allowed

the

soundbites

that

furthered

the

GOP

narrative

to

air.

All

of

this

was

assisted

along

by

a

press

happily

willing

to

play

possum

and

pass

along

Republican

aides’

interpretations

of

alleged

documents

and

events

as

fact.

Then

Democrats

called

Republicans

on

deliberately

burying

evidence

that

proved

their

conspiracy

theory

wrong

from

the

beginning.

href=”http://www.politicususa.com/2013/08/20/definitive-proof-republicans-irs-lied-congress-public-irs-scandal.html”>Democrats

presented

irrefutable

evidence

of

this

fact

that

Issa’s

investigation

had

redacted.

Yet

Republicans

had

no

problem

making

accusations

back

then,

knowing

that

they

were

misleading

people.

Cut

to

February

2014,

nine

moths

later,

and

there

is

no

IRS

scandal.

The

evidence

that

came

forward

only

revealed

one

scandal,

and

that

was

Darrell

Issa

suppressing

evidence

that

did

not

correspond

with

the

Republican

story.

And

maybe

it

was

scandalous

that

the

press

laid

down

and

played

dead

once

again

in

their

desperation

for

some

kind

of

scandal

the

public

could

latch

onto,

because

it

was

summer

and

news

was

slow.

Republicans

excel

in

crafting

a

cynical

circus

show

during

slow

news

periods

when

it

will

get

the

most

play

and

the

least

questions.

So

now

what

do

we

hear

from

Republicans,

who

have

moved

on

with

nary

a

moment

of

reflection

or

shame,

into

pretending

there

is

an

Obamacare

scandal?

Now

we

hear

that

we

should

not

jump

to

conclusions

on

their

other

accusations

(if

you’re

keeping

track,

their

Benghazi

accusations

were

also

a

bust,

and

once

again,

the

facts

actually

point

the

finger

at

them

for

failing

to

fund

security).

Yes,

the

very

people

who

jumped

to

conclusions

and

urged

you

to

jump

of

the

reality

cliff

with

them

or

rather

for

them,

now

urge

caution.

Now

that

the

facts

are

out,

and

the

facts

make

Republicans

look

like

shameless

con

artists

busted

selling

snake

oil

at

a

tent

revival,

now

they

urge

you

not

to

jump

to

conclusions.

The

Ways

and

Means

Committee

Democrats

noted

some

facts:

“The

IRS

has

150

employees

working

full-time

to

accommodate

the

investigations.

Since

May,

the

agency

has

turned

over

more

than

500,000

pages

of

documents

to

Congress.

Five

dozen

interviews

have

been

conducted

with

current

and

former

IRS

employees.

And

yet,

as

the

President

noted

Sunday,

not

a

single

piece

of

evidence

has

emerged

showing

any

political

motivation.”

The

Ways

and

Means

Committee

Democrats

were

kind

enough

to

offer

a

rather

striking

contrast

in

the

stance

of

Republicans

before

they

were

busted

and

after:

Chairman

Darrell

Issa,

May

14:

“This

was

the

targeting

of

the

president’s

political

enemies

effectively

and

lies

about

it

[sic]

during

the

election

year,

so

that

it

wasn’t

discovered

until

afterwards.”

(

href=”http://washington.cbslocal.com/2013/05/14/issa-this-was-a-targeting-of-the-presidents-political-enemies/”>CBS).

Chairman

Dave

Camp,

May

17:

Accuses

the

White

House

of

a

“culture

of

cover-up”

and

“political

intimidation,”

and

adds,

“It

seems

like

the

truth

is

hidden

from

the

American

people

just

long

enough

to

make

it

through

an

election.”
(

href=”http://waysandmeans.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=334380″>W&M

Hearing)

Chairman

Hal

Rogers,

June

3:

“Of

course,

the

enemies

list

out

of

the

White

House

that

IRS

was

engaged

in

shutting

down

or

trying

to

shut

down

the

conservative

political

viewpoint

across

the

country—an

enemies

list

that

rivals

that

of

another

president

some

time

ago.”

(

href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzXaJF09A1c”>Fox

News)

Chairman

Mike

Rogers,

June

16:

“You

have

IRS

that

clearly

showed

some

criminal

behavior

that

at

least

we

know

was

back

at

1600

Pennsylvania

Avenue.”

(

href=”http://www.cbsnews.com/news/face-the-nation-transcripts-june-16-2013-mcdonough-and-rogers-on-nsa-surveillance/”>Face

the

Nation).

REPUBLICANS

NOW:

Don’t

jump

to

conclusions

Rep.

Mike

Kelly,

Feb.

5:

“The

truth

of

the

matter

is,

we

don’t

know

yet

what

the

answer

is

in

the

investigation

of

the

IRS.”

(

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Hearing)

Rep.

Tom

Reed,

Feb.

5:

“There’s

no

way

to

come

to

a

conclusion

at

this

point

in

time.”

(

href=”http://mms.tveyes.com/PlaybackPortal.aspx?SavedEditID=3a276e80-5046-4d61-b694-ff6cd7d6e16b”>W&M

Hearing)

Having

covered

this

manufactured

IRS

story

from

its

birth

to

its

destruction,

I

can

tell

you

that

it

was

completely

surreal

when

I

got

my

hands

on

the

documents

Democrats

were

referring

to.

The

number

of

relevant

facts

being

omitted

from

almost

all

coverage

of

this

bad

fiction

simply

blew

my

mind.

It

was

also

surreal

to

see

the

press

pass

off

a

conservative

group

that

had

recently

been

found

guilty

of

illegally

aiding

Republicans

in

an

election

as

being

persecuted

by

the

IRS

for

being

conservatives,

with

no

mention

of

their

very

recent

history.

I

found

all

of

this

highly

troubling.

While

Democrats

are

far

from

perfect,

Republicans

have

reached

a

level

of

malfeasance

and

deliberate

deception

that

is

truly

disturbing.

Now

that

they

are

busted,

Republicans

want

to

play

high

minded

reasonable

types,

and

urge

Americans

not

to

jump

to

conclusions

about

the

fact

that

they

deliberately

wasted

millions

of

your

tax

dollars

pursuing

something

they

knew

was

bull

crap

from

the

beginning.

They

did

this

as

they

ignored

the

real

crises

facing

Americans

today.

It’s

simply

morally

unconscionable

but

this

is

exactly

what

I

would

expect

from

a

party

that

is

still

bending

itself

over

backwards

to

deny

that

the

mistakes

made

in

the

Bush

years

have

anything

to

do

with

their

platform.

Until

Republicans

hit

bottom,

we

can

expect

more

of

this

disgraceful

behavior.

They’re

addicts,

who

refuse

to

face

the

reality

of

their

party

and

their

platform.

And

just

like

an

addict,

they’d

love

to

bring

us

all

down

with

them.

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