“Politicization”?… Well, Duh!

Obama and his minions are mired up to their eyeballs in scandals, what with Benghazigate, the IRS targeting of conservative groups for harassment, and the Justice Department’s secret grab of Associated Press phone records, not to mention the lingering Operation Fast & Furious debacle.

thCA03K8S0I’ve been watching the so-called “testimony” of outgoing IRS Commissioner Steven Miller (that’s him sweating in the picture) as he tries to weasel his way around actually having to answer very pointed questions directed to him by the congressional committee investigating the IRS’s malfeasance. Highly entertaining.

Even more entertaining are the howls of protest from Obama’s apologists who bleat that these investigations are merely some kind of “politicization” and that those pursuing these issues are simply trying to “score political points against Obama”.

Well… what’s wrong with that? Obama was elected to office – a “political” process – and I’d think it’s certainly a perfectly valid and rational question to ask whether or not that political process ended up putting into that office a man who is corrupt, or at the very least allows and even encourages corruption to permeate the ranks of government, all to achieve his own “political” purposes.

th[3]Isn’t that what the “political” process is about? Giving the people the information they need to make “political” decisions about the people they’re electing to public office? Is a person in office somehow magically immunized from having any further “political” responsibilities for his actions anymore? Really? Is that the same standard the leftists applied when Bush was in office? Not to mention Reagan, when they spent eight years setting their hair on fire?

Or are we simply watching another exercise of standard leftist hypocrisy?

I know where I place my money on that question…

© Brian Baker 2013

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50 comments on ““Politicization”?… Well, Duh!

  1. Christ, the Left pissed themselves into a severe case of diaper rash over Iraq, which THEY voted YES on and criticized Bush 43’s every move, from dawn till dusk. If the shoe was on the other foot, every liberal moron in America would be screaming for impeachment, and they damn well know it.

    They can go suck eggs for all I care now.

  2. Buck says:

    The only reason they voted for Iraq so they could wait a minimal time and then start their anti-war Viet Nam type stuff all over again.
    Yeah, they politicize everything.
    Just screaming about politicizing the scandals politicizes them.

  3. clyde says:

    This bunch certainly didn’t START the “politicization” process, but they DAMN SURE perfected it. In answer to your question, I’ll take “standard leftist hypocrisy”, for a $1000 ,Alex. I’ll expound on Gunny’s comment, of “they can all suck eggs now”. I would go with “they can all ingest feces and expire”.Good post, BTW.

  4. CW says:

    The democrats whining about “politicization” of an issue is like Lance Armstrong complaining that other cyclists are using performance-enhancing drugs in competitive races. Democrats really WROTE THE BOOK on making everything about scoring political points, and there is no way to beat them expect to play by their rules, which is the reason why they are such an evil force upon this nation. They lower the bar for everyone. But having said that, if there’s politicizing going on here, at least it’s based on accusations that are clearly true. There WAS a security failure and cover-up in Benghazi; The IRS DID abuse its power by targeting people on a political basis; and by all accounts the “Justice” department FAILED to follow the rules when it snooped on the AP. And you’re so right, Brian. Why SHOULDN’T there be a political consequence for their actions?

    I’m not a great fan of Marco Rubio but he called this one exactly right. The strategy of Obama & cohorts is to get out there right now and define a “scandal” as only something that has Obama’s DNA directly on it, knowing that a direct tie is unlikely to be uncovered. Rubio displayed a rare understanding (by a republican) of liberalism when he said that Obama is involved by virtue of the fact that his entire presidency, candidacy & career have been all about creating the very culture that led his followers at the IRS to believe they were entitled to target people whose politics they disagreed with. I hope all republicans get on board with this important message.

    BTW, I was stunned by the testimony and attitude of Steven Miller. If he represents the management at the IRS, then he’s revealed them to be the worst combination of arrogance and ignorance. I don’t understand why anyone would come out on national TV and embarrass themselves the way he did and I can only say this – if republicans are smart they will use this opportunity to make a law which says that anyone who is fired by the federal gov’t or who resigns under threat of being fired cannot work anywhere else in the federal gov’t, ever. And oh yes, let’s stop the golden parachutes for these bums.

    • BrianR says:

      Absolutely outstanding comment, CW. Thank you for taking the time. I can’t add to it.

      As to Miller, in watching his performance — and that’s what it was, a “performance”, like a dancing bear — it was pretty clear to me that he had utter contempt for the venue and his questioners, thought he was the smartest guy in the room, didn’t care what they asked or said, CLEARLY thought he wasn’t answerable to them, and basically REFUSED to answer any pointed questions. If for nothing other than his refusal to respond, he should be brought up on criminal charges.

      THAT is what’s going to break down this wall of silence: once these drones who are willing to fall on their own swords for Obozo start actually facing some prison time. THEN we’ll start getting some real answers.

      THAT’S why the Watergate conspiracy fell apart: people started getting arrested, with potential prison time. Then the rats deserted the sinking ship, the truth started coming out, and the whole house of cards collapsed.

      • CW says:

        >>”…it was pretty clear to me that he had utter contempt for the venue and his questioners, thought he was the smartest guy in the room, didn’t care what they asked or said, CLEARLY thought he wasn’t answerable to them, and basically REFUSED to answer any pointed questions. If for nothing other than his refusal to respond, he should be brought up on criminal charges.”

        AMEN! You summed it up superbly. Republicans could not have asked for a better personification of the problem at the IRS.

        Don’t forget that Nixon had ruthless thugs for enemies and a public that was listening to day after day of Watergate hearings on the radio while they stood in line for gas. This notion that Obama “is no Nixon” is laughable. Nixon had NOTHING on Obama and cohorts. But republicans don’t have what it takes to go for the jugular (nor should they), and republican voters are not nearly as bloodthirsty as democrats. Also, there are no secret tapes in the oval office now. Can you imagine????

      • BrianR says:

        Well, we don’t know whether or not there are tapes of White House conversations or not, at this point. And in this digital era it really doesn’t matter as much, because just about anything can be faked.

        But you wrote this: “… republicans don’t have what it takes to go for the jugular (nor should they), and republican voters are not nearly as bloodthirsty as democrats.”

        I have to disagree with the “nor should they” part. The idiots in the GOP are always the fools taking a knife to a gunfight, when they’re not showing up completely unarmed. That’s their problem. I had a drill sergeant once who gave me a great piece of advice. He said, “If you ever find yourself in a fair fight, you didn’t plan properly.”

        Great advice, which I’ve always tried to follow.

      • Nee says:

        Oh.YES!! That’s what I couldn’t put my finger on. The utter contempt!! Indeed.

  5. Nee says:

    Man…I got scolded for using a “comparison”!!! But we know it’s true. Go read John Ransom’s TH today and scroll down to the comment by Nana (within column). And today we have the minions demanding apologies and whining that the PiedPiper is offended??? Argh!!!!!

    • BrianR says:

      “Nana” nailed it. Was that you?

      Who scolded you, and where?

      Yeah, the socialists’ SOP is to set their hair on fire, get all sanctimonious, take great umbrage, wail and gnash their teeth, all in an effort to distract everyone from the reality that they got caught with their pants down.

      Hell’s bells, I don’t care if I “offend” those doofi. If I HAVEN’T offended the leftists, I always wonder what I’m doing wrong. I WANT them to be offended, because, frankly, they’re offensive, so it seems completely appropriate to me.

      • Nee says:

        No, Nana was not me, but she’s been around TH for as long as you and I have. It was an awesome post.
        I don’t care if I offend either. The weekend of the NRA convention I got into it with those “compassionate” liberal types over the ZombiesInc company calling a target Zombie “the ex”. Was it in poor taste? Yeah, I think so. But they cried how it was indefensible!! Friggin’ Zombie targets that are not real were going to make people into killers…it was an outrage! (HA!). So I said, “Really? I wonder why you are not as outraged over Kermit Gosnell and the killing of babies born alive? Now that is indefensible.” They started wussing about how offensive *I* was!! I just laughed and thought about Rush’s designation of the “low-information” voters.
        As to the comparison, I did exactly what you did with Bush and how he was railroaded and someone said, “That’s not relevant, we need to mover forward.” I went nuts. I basically said that the truth hurts and it’s time for the truth to be outed.That there are no adults in the room while Obama and his minions are playing games and pretending outrage,etc…Not one damn democrat is calling for his feet to be held to the fire and the pretense that this was all made up by Republicans. Jay Carney had a “great week” by the way! His golden parachute is probably getting deployed….

      • BrianR says:

        Ooooh, yeah. I remember “Nana” now.

        Yep, it’s funny how nothing’s “relevant” to the nimrods if it conflicts with their official story. I was just reading a TH piece about how Obozo’s “spokesman” made the rounds of the news shows yesterday taking exactly that approach: http://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2013/05/20/white-house-spokesman-the-details-of-these-scandals-are-irrelevant-you-know-n1600739

        Funny… Would it have been acceptable if Nixon had said the Watergate tapes were “irrelevant” now that the election was over? Just askin’…

        THEY don’t get to determine relevance. If people want answers, it’s “relevant” BY DEFINITION. That’s the purpose of the First Amendment Free Press, not just so they can be Obozo’s cheerleaders when it’s convenient for the clowns in the White House and Foggy Bottom.

        Their arrogance really is boundless.

  6. Hardnox says:

    Good post Brian. I can’t add a word that hasn’t already be said.

    Loved CW’s comment.

  7. Buck says:

    Talk about those folks getting offended when caught with their hand(s) in the cookie jar.
    Acting offended is a natural reaction of anyone getting caught doing what they’re not supposed to.
    I’ve seen it with non political folks as well.

    • BrianR says:

      You bet, Buck. It’s human nature. Obfuscation, misdirection, smoke screen, anything that might work to derail the discussion off tangent.

  8. Grey Neely says:

    Gee Brian, I don’t know that “jail time” will even open the mouths of some of Obama’s drones. I watched with utter amazement as some of Clinton’s drones went to prison and stayed there for years. If memory serves me correct, one of them even died in prison, And none of those who went to prison really opened their mouths and spilled the beans.

    So what is the answer? Perhaps the politicians and their drones in the US (especially those who are already on the “Dark Side”) need a reminder of the French Revolution’s solution to this problem. Perhaps I am getting “cranky” in my old age, but I could certainly learn how to knit. And perhaps, these politicians and drones would tell the truth when faced with certain death if they didn’t.

    • BrianR says:

      LOL, Grey!

      Well, let’s remember a couple of other of history’s lessons. What happened to France after their Revolution? Napoleon. Not so good a result, methinks. And they never really recovered as any kind of meaningful world power again. The damage was just too great.

      Good point on the Clinton minions; one or two did go to the Graybar Hotel, and at least one — some woman, as I recall — did keep her yap shut. But look at Nixon; once HIS guys started looking at wearing prison gray, everything fell to pieces. The only one who refused to cooperate was Liddy, and he was always kinda weird anyway.

      And none of these Obamaites look to me as being the kind of strong people who would be able to stand up to the reality of jail time. They’re the kind of self-serving rats who always try to cut deals when they’re looking at doing time, at least based on my own experience. We’re not talking stand-up Mafiosi here; more like street-level corner drug pushers. Those guys always fold like laundered sheets.

      • Nee says:

        Brian-
        Chicago thugs always go to jail…it’s a badge of pride, doncha’ know…and I don’t think they’re scared at all….

      • BrianR says:

        Nee, there are a LOT of people involved who AREN’T Chicagoites. They’re the weak links. And once a couple of weak links fail, the whole house of cards comes down.

      • Grey Neely says:

        So Brian, your opinion is that I don’t need to do a Madame Defarge imitation? (Damn! Nancy even said she would teach me how to knit.)

        All kidding aside, I hope you are correct (i.e., once prison is staring them in the face the drones will sing like canaries). If these scandals keep getting more traction, I do expect the possibility of jail time for some of these drones.

        But from my vantage point, I do not see how or why they are lying to protect Obama in the first place. If I am going into “combat”, I want to be lead by the most morally good person I can find. Someone I don’t have to lie for. Someone who I am willing to follow into Hell with nothing but a mouthful of spit.

      • BrianR says:

        Well, Gray… YOU have a set of ethics and moral values. These toads don’t. It really is that simple.

        BTW, all the more reason to think Obozo’s house of cards can collapse once a few weak links start breaking. These simply AREN’T a bunch of dedicated Obambiites in the mid-levels who are the ones who are going to be thrown to the wolves. They’re a bunch of mid-level career bureaucrats who are going to worry about their careers and pensions and families and jail time, and THOSE are the guys who will be the breach in the dam. Same way the Mafia is always broken: the mid-level guy who makes a deal to save his own hide. Just like every other criminal enterprise.

        The biggest danger to action, IMO, comes from the GOPers themselves. That just like they usually do, they’ll let yet another golden opportunity pass them by through ineptitude or lack of balls. Boehner will drop the ball… again.

        Plus we’ve got a REAL attention-grabber coming up, again through the courtesy of the GOP nimrods; the upcoming fight — and it WILL be a FIGHT — over amnesty. So, while Obozo & Company are busy shooting themselves in the foot, the GOP is loading up to start doing the same thing. And that has the real potential to take all the wind out of the sails of activity directed against Commissar Obozo.

  9. AfterShock says:

    The Leftist has but one tried and true PR tactic: Always accuse thine enemy of the crime you are committing. To the left that’s not hypocrisy it’s just nature. The Right, on the other hand, has an inexplicable problem accusing the Leftist enemies of Liberty of anything at all, for fear they may have to endure public ridicule by the press. I do not believe as you say Brian, that the Obamino house of cards will collapse because Republicans will not –beyond perhaps a little dog-and-pony-show– demonstrate any real outrage, people will not pick up torches and pitchforks to storm the gates of this corrupt Administration and any righteously indignant outrage from the media/press will come to a screeching halt once they get to the partisan edge.

    • BrianR says:

      Well, I wrote my own caveat to that, too, in my response to Gray:

      The biggest danger to action, IMO, comes from the GOPers themselves. That just like they usually do, they’ll let yet another golden opportunity pass them by through ineptitude or lack of balls. Boehner will drop the ball… again.

      Plus we’ve got a REAL attention-grabber coming up, again through the courtesy of the GOP nimrods; the upcoming fight — and it WILL be a FIGHT — over amnesty. So, while Obozo & Company are busy shooting themselves in the foot, the GOP is loading up to start doing the same thing. And that has the real potential to take all the wind out of the sails of activity directed against Commissar Obozo.

      • AfterShock says:

        Brian, I’ve given this a lot of thought, and we need to limit the magazine capacity of the GOP to 1. No better yet, we need to deny them carry permits.

      • BrianR says:

        Yeah, no kidding. They actually need to be issued rubber guns, and leave the REAL shooting to people who have a clue.

  10. Buck says:

    The problem with the high placed politicians, of either party, going to prison is the Holiday Inn they call a prison. When Nixon’s …Attorney General… I believe went to prison we learned it was located on an Air Force base, had a smal golf course, tennis courts and swimming pool…. Not exactly my idea of punishment…

  11. thedrpete says:

    Anyone else notice that the scandal parade has lots and lots of boxers and briefs in a bunch and thongs in a wad and the talking heads atwitter, but meanwhile the PPACA implementation and all its new taxes and rules and regulations are rolling out relentlessly under the radar, that while small business continue to close or never open, employment continues to decline, especially from full-time to part-time, AND that Republican and Tea Party fundraisers can’t get ANYONE to write a check?? The progressive/liberal/communist/fascist-implode-America oligarchy is winning the war masterfully.

    • BrianR says:

      Well, I’m certainly not writing any checks to the pathetic GOP. But I’m not so sure about who’s “winning”. Obamacare’s not under the radar at all. As a matter of fact, even the MSM lapdogs are publishing a lot of stories highlighting its flaws as they become apparent; over the last couple of days several of the big unions, including the Teamsters, are raising hell about it, and the House again passed a repeal measure (which, of course, will vanish in the Senate, but will STILL be a big issue in the mid-terms next year).

      Meanwhile, these IRS hearings are getting big play in the media — because the Obamites look so ridiculously arrogant and inept, with no one taking any responsibility — and the press’s hair is still on fire over the AP phone records grab.

      Carney keeps having to walk back his absurd statements of the day before virtually EVERY day, and his Pinocchio nose is so long that no one can ignore it anymore.

      Not lookin’ so good for the Left right now…

      • Nee says:

        We know nobody is going down unless the latest Benghazi whistle blowers have something to shake. The thing we should do now is to pound home the fact that this kind of stuff doesn’t happen unless Liberals are controlling the government and using it against the people. The LIV folks don’t give a shit, cause it’s not their taxes–hell, they don’t pay why should they care? Yesterday I heard a woman say we were over the top with all the finger pointing of The Pied Piper, we were “mean”!! They really don’t have a clue. Look at the headlined words of top demorcrats and what they say. They are treating it as if they’ve stubbed a toe for God’s sake.

        Like I am fond of saying: A dem can talk all kinds of shit and get away with it and apologize, but the true colors get revealed…Lois Lerner…pleading the fifth…Hilary- what difference does it make? Carney “Benghazi was a long time ago” and so many more. When the truth actually knocks them to their knees, we can protect the Liberty of our Country again…it’s gonna take going Galt, and going Breitbart!!

      • BrianR says:

        Yeah… well, the real problem for the Obamites is the coverup, just like it was for Nixon with Watergate.

        Everyone screws up. That’s simply part of being human. Benghazi was a disaster, but if Obozo et al had simply stepped up AT THE TIME and admitted their mistakes, it wouldn’t have been so bad. Frankly, I don’t think it would have even affected the election outcome, because Romney was such a piss-poor candidate.

        But they didn’t. They insisted on blaming that silly video, and then they were stuck with it, like grabbing the Uncle Remus Tar Baby. See, that was the difference between Obama’s Benghazi and Reagan’s Beirut Marine Barracks disaster. Reagan didn’t try to make excuses or dodge the issue. He simply accepted that he’d made a mistake, took responsibility, and moved the Marines out. End of story.

        Same deal with the rest of these fiascos. The IRS, the DOJ grabbing the AP’s phone records, Fast & Furious: what are people to think? Obozo either knew and/or approved of these actions, or he’s an AWOL President who doesn’t know or control anything the people around him do. That’s the corner they’ve painted themselves into. It’s absolutely fatal for a President who claims to be “the smartest guy in the room” and all the rest of their BS.

  12. clyde says:

    This turned out to be an excellent thread. some damn good comments. CW sure as shit nailed it. Got a new one up about our BRILLIANT C-in-C fighting terrorism with lawyers?? WTF,over?

  13. Buck says:

    Clyde: Tell me how to access your site.

  14. Buck says:

    …well…duh.
    uh
    thanks

  15. clyde says:

    Shameless plug. Got one up about a “journalism” professor. Thinks the NRA needs to be tried, shot, drawn, quartered and hung. Take a peek if you can.

  16. jevica says:

    Brian;

    If the House sells out on immigration too, it might be time to leave the GOP, also known as the PSP.

    I’m so moved by Chuck Schumer’s concern for the GOP

    The PSP better step up and not try to be Democrat lite or else it will be Hillary in 2016.

    This goes with one of your other posts; “Critics say Supreme Court’s Prop 8 ruling takes power from voters, gives it to state officials”

    Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jun/30/critics-say-supreme-courts-proposition-8-ruling-ta/#ixzz2XqPAUlFm

    If citizens [according to SCOTUS] don’t have the standing then “The ruling on standing, while seemingly technical, has alarmed critics on both ends of the political spectrum, who worry that the decision effectively gives state officials the unchecked power to nullify ballot initiatives they dislike by refusing to enforce them or defend them in court.”

    If the Dems keep the Senate and get the House in 2014 BHO will do whatever he wants [not having to stand for elecftion again], and the MSM and “progressives” will love it

    All the posts are great as usual.

    “American Way of Birth, Costliest in the World” In this article they say how it’s
    “In most other developed countries, comprehensive maternity care is free or cheap for all, . . . ” FREE someone has to pay FREE it’s OPM, are they crazy?

    “Just a reminder from the WSJ: ObamaCare will make premiums skyrocket”

    • BrianR says:

      Thanks for the kind words, Jev. As to the PSP… well, I left them years ago. I’ve been an Independent since 2008.

      As to that article: yep, it makes exactly the same point I did, and why the SCOTUS ruling is so incredibly terrible.

  17. jevica says:

    Brian;

    BTW how are/is grandchild and your daughter? Hope all are well.

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