[Ezra] Klein is analyzing this in terms of ordinary political gamesmanship. But he has it backward. Suppose the IRS’s abuses were not ordered or explicitly encouraged by the White House. That would mean, as Commentary’s Jonathan Tobin puts it, that the agency “has so thoroughly absorbed the views of its political masters that it doesn’t even recognize when it has crossed the line into illegal activity.”— James Taranto
In other words, if this is the case, the left’s hateful and slanderous campaign against its political foes, especially the Tea Party—the demagoguery of Obama, his fellow Democrats and their supporters in the media, led by the New York Times editorial page—was sufficient to prompt the IRS agents to cast aside their professional obligations and embark on a campaign of political abuse whose effect was to ease Obama’s re-election.
In his testimony to the Senate Watergate Committee—whose hearings opened 40 years ago today—John Dean famously called that scandal “a cancer on the presidency.” If Obama, his campaign or his White House aides are directly implicated in the IRS’s abuses, this will be another cancer on the presidency, remediable by resignation or impeachment.
But if the IRS acted without direction from above—if it “went rogue” against the Constitution and in support of the party in power—then we are dealing with a cancer on the federal government. That, it seems to us, is a far direr diagnosis, one whose treatment is likely to be radical and risky.
…into the arms of America
Can we stop voting for 1%ers, already??
I don’t get why this is so hard to understand.
I’ll be the first to admit this is not an argument, but it’s funny nonetheless.
But where does this leave contemporary liberalism, the liberalism of the ever-expanding welfare state? If politicians are a bunch of liars, why should anyone trust the government? Faced with a choice between two candidates who are both far from perfect, Shafer’s cynicism about politicians—and Obama’s, too—seems to us an excellent argument in favor of whichever one has a less expansive vision of the ideal government’s size and scope.— James Taranto
I hope and pray Obama loses. I believe Romney would be lots better than Obama, in the same way that Stage I cancer is lots better than Stage IV cancer. I just cannot bring myself to put up a Stage I cancer yard sign. It’s probably just me.—
Nope, it’s not just you.
Wow. This is one of the most damning (i.e. best) anti-Obama ads I’ve seen.
This is freaking hilarious.
4:00 PM - Opening Flag Burning Ceremony - sponsored by CNN
4:05 PM - Singing of “God Damn America ” led by Rev. Jeremiah Wright
4:10 PM - Pledge of Allegiance to Obama
4:15 PM - Ceremonial ‘I hate America’ led by Michelle Obama
4:30 PM - Tips on “How to keep your man trustworthy & true to you while you
travel the world” - Hillary Clinton
4:45 PM -Al Sharpton / Jesse Jackson seminar “How to have a successful
career without having a job.”
5:00 PM - “Great Vacations I’ve Taken on the Taxpayer’s Dime Travel Log”
5:30 PM - Eliot Spitzer Speaks on “Family Values” via Satellite
5:45 PM - Tribute to All 57 States - Nancy Pelosi
6:00 PM - Sen. Harry Reid - 90-minute speech expressing the Democrat’s
appreciation of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and George Soros for
sparing no expense, for all that they have accomplished to unify the
country, improve employment and to boost the economy.
8:30 PM - Airing of Grievances by the Clintons
9:00 PM - “Bias in Media - How we can make it work for you” Tutorial -
sponsored by CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, the Washington Post and the New York Times
9:15 PM - Tribute Film to Brave Freedom Fighters incarcerated at GITMO
9:45 PM - Personal Finance Seminar - Charlie Rangle
10:00 PM - Denunciation of Bitter Gun Owners and Bible readers ,
10:30 PM - Ceremonial Waving of White Flag for IRAQ , & Afghanistan
11:00 PM - Obama Energy Plan Symposium / Tire Gauge Demonstration / You too
can get rich with Green Investment bankruptcies
11:15 PM - Free Gov. Blagovich rally
11:30 PM - Obama Accepts Oscar, Tony, and Latin Grammy Awards
11:45 PM - Feeding of the Delegates with 5 Loaves and 2 Fish - Obama
12:00 AM - Official Nomination of Obama by Bill Maher and Chris “He sends a
thrill up my leg” Matthews
12:01 AM - Obama Accepts Nomination as Lord and Savior
12:05 AM - Celestial Choirs Sing
03:00 AM - Biden Delivers Acceptance Speech
I don’t mind the president taking a victory lap [about killing Osama Bin Laden] but this was, well, unpresidential. With the Dems’ recent history of being defense pushovers, the folks in the White House are acting like a geek everyone thought would never lose his virginity but unexpectedly did. And, with the hottest chick in school. “That’s right, I nailed Osama.” “Here’s the room where it happened.” “That was the chair I was sitting in.— A reader of James Taranto’s column.