Arrogance, Personified

Take a look at this man’s face.


Is this Monte Burns from “The Simpsons”?


This is John Koskinen, the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), arguably the most powerful and feared bureaucracy in the Federal Government.

Who does he remind you of? Doesn’t he bring to mind the character of Mr. Burns in the long-running TV series The Simpsons? Sure does to me. And like that character, he has the ability to destroy people’s lives through the wanton exercise of raw, sheer power, in his case via his agency’s ability to direct the force of government against individuals and organizations.

The only check against such naked power is the Congress.

We all know about the scandal surrounding the IRS’s illegal targeting of conservative organizations for harassment, and the efforts by the House of Representatives to get to the bottom of that mess. And those acts took place before Koskinen’s assumption of the reins of that agency.

But when he took over the agency six months ago he vowed to be proactive “in restoring public trust” to that institution (

So… how’s he doing?

I think the latest development sums it up pretty well. It seems the IRS has “lost” several years’ worth of emails that Lois Lerner – the miscreant at the center of this whole fiasco – sent out to her minions, emails that anyone with half a brain realizes could prove to be very incriminating, not only to her but to others farther up the political food chain. Quite possibly as high as the Oval Office itself.

Bear in mind, this is the exact same agency that won’t accept YOUR excuse that you lost your receipts for some tax deduction you claimed.

And how has Koskinen reacted when asked about these “lost” emails by Darryl Issa’s House committee members?

With absolutely smug sanctimony, contempt, arrogance, and a rigid refusal to even offer any kind of apology for the malfeasance of his agency. Way to go in “restoring public trust” in the IRS, John-Boy!

This, my friends, is what the face of arrogance looks like.

When Nixon was President the Watergate scandal took center stage. Members of the House from both parties set aside partisanship to ensure the rule of law prevailed. Nixon resigned, and several members of his staff – including Attorney-General John Mitchell – went to prison for acts that were utterly benign compared to the level of outright corruption we’re seeing from this administration.

The ongoing IRS mess; Operation Fast & Furious; the Benghazi affair; the NSA spying on civilians; the illegal “rewriting” of laws, such as all the Obamacare extensions and exceptions; the imperial imposition of “rules”, such as through the EPA, that far exceed presidential authority; the failure of the Justice Department and the FBI to pursue action based on political considerations; the outright refusal to enforce immigration law and border security; the Veterans’ Administration letting vets die on secret “waiting lists”; the list goes on and on and on. This President and his minions have absolutely no regard for the rule of law that I can see. The level of corruption in this administration is simply staggering and unprecedented.

Koskinen’s is only the latest face in a Rogue’s Gallery of arrogance, personified.

Further, this corruption of our system is being willfully abetted by the Democrat members of Congress who are facilitating the destruction by not only standing idle, but actively supporting the administration’s efforts. I’m talking about people like Harry Reid, Elijah Cummings, Nancy Pelosi, and far too many others to name.

Jonathan Turley is a well-known professor of law at George Washington University Law School with a self-described “socially liberal agenda”, often seen on various news shows as a commentator and expert analyst, and has had many of his works published. On his own blog he’s written a couple of essays that are well on point. In one, “How Nixon Won Watergate”, which was also published in USA Today (how-nixon-won-Watergate) he states, “…the painful fact is that Barack Obama is the president that Nixon always wanted to be”. He expands on that topic in his essay “A Question of Power: The Imperial Presidency”, which was also published last month in American Legion Magazine (the imperial presidency), in which he writes, “The shift of power to the presidency certainly did not start with President Barack Obama. To the contrary, this trend has been gaining ground for decades. But it has accelerated under Obama, who has succeeded to a degree that would have made Richard Nixon blush.”

If Nixon would be blushing, Obama and his acolytes have exceeded all bounds. The scandals pile up so fast you need wings to stay above them. It’s absolutely dizzying.


©Brian Baker 2014


(6/30/2014: My local newspaper published an edited version of this essay today:


35 comments on “Arrogance, Personified

  1. Hardnox says:

    Good piece.

    The reason the prick is so arrogant is because he knows he’ll get away with it. Not one scandal has stuck, mostly thanks to the press and the nutless R’s in the House.

    Finally, the Supremes have checked Zero’s overreach.

    Personally, I believe that even the left are beginning to realize that Zero is a failure.

    • BrianR says:

      Thanks, Nox.

      I believe you’re right. According to the polling data I’ve seen, the vast majority of the American people believe the IRS should be investigated until the questions are answered, and that includes over 60% of DEMS!

  2. gunnyginalaska says:

    As a former network chief and IT weenie, the emails are not lost, they’re on a back up tape, a server platter(s) (RAID)/Mail server, and in other people’s accounts that she replied to, cc:d, etc.

    As for this puke, gimme 5 minutes alone with him, he’ll sing like a canary.

    Meanwhile, crybaby drunken bum Boehner is suing Obama. Just red meat for the base, it won’t go anywhere.

    • BrianR says:

      Hey, Gunny!

      The thing is, they’ve had enough time to find and destroy all the backups. It may well be that they’re going to have to find some low-level drone, grant him immunity, and force him to sing.

      I think there may actually be something to Boehner’s suit. It was the same kind of suit that led to SCOTUS tossing out Obazoz’s NLRB “recess” appointments a few days ago.

      Without Senate cooperation in this stuff, about the only way the House CAN act unilaterally is to file a lawsuit.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I’m only 70 but in my short time on this earth I have never in my life, seen anyone so arrogant as Koskinen. If I was on the committee to investigate him I would cross the aisle and smack that SOB’s face so hard. I wouldn’t be able to help myself.

    • BrianR says:

      Thanks for taking to time to comment, sir or ma’am.

      I have to say, I am DEFINITELY with you on that one!

  4. garnet92 says:

    Aptly described Brian. The man had a constant smirk on his face as if he knew that he was above it all and none of his feckless questioners could lay a glove on him – until Trey Gowdy lit into him. The smirk left his face and he stuttered and uhhh’d and lost his control as Gowdy skewered him. I loved every minute.

    I would have preferred to see Koskinen leave the hearing room bruised and bandaged, limping and on crutches. Gowdy didn’t inflect physical damage, but he sure wiped that smirk off his face and that alone was priceless.

    Good one, Brian.

  5. AfterShock says:

    It’s all so depressing, especially since establishment Repubs are as complicit in the chaos of this corruption as any Democrat. During the Clinton admin, good people were kept in their place in large part due to their (the Clinton’s) acquisition of FBI dossiers on hundreds of Republicans. Is there any doubt that NSA dragnets have provided Obama the same capability and that he has in fact used it? This regime has potential whistle-blowers afraid to breathe let alone blow, unless they first leave the country for safe-haven.

    • BrianR says:

      Yep, AS, they do. They’ve also got plenty of True Believers perfectly willing to fall on their own swords to protect that buttbrain in the Oval Office.

  6. clyde says:

    Great essay. Nixon, unlike the smug, arrogant asshat we currently have, had SOME honor. At least HE resigned. This clown will NEVER go away on his own volition. Boehner’s lawsuit will not get past the judge’s wastebasket.

    • BrianR says:

      LOL, Clyde!

      Well, I’m not sure about that last part. As I mentioned earlier, SCOTUS’s decision bouncing Obozo’s NLRB appointees arose from exactly that kind of lawsuit, so we’ll see.

      As much as I’m not a Boehner fan either, I don’t really see alternate courses of action.

  7. CW says:

    I think you hit on a lot of critical points here, Brian. The most important of these, IMO, is the fact of democrats’ complicity in the abuses of power that are taking place. Worse yet is that the complicity extends further, to that part of the American public that cheers them on or sits by in silence. All have in essence declared that they will no longer abide by the rule of law, and they are daring us to try and do something about it. They believe they are untouchable, and this fuels their arrogance. We are nearing a critical juncture where we’ll find out if we are able to defend our liberty by civil means – in the voting booth and in the courts. I hesitate to say out loud what it means if we can’t.

    • BrianR says:

      CW……. great thoughts!

      I have to admit, I’ve been thinking the same things myself lately, and find it very disturbing on a couple of levels. First is that I well remember back in the late 60s, when all the radical leftists were always rioting about “the establishment”, and how they wanted to destroy it all. I absolutely despised them, yet here I am, 50 years later, having a LOT of the same kind of thoughts, except from the opposite side of the political spectrum.

      Highly ironic.

      The second, of course, is that those “other means” are highly destructive to a society in general, and are to be avoided if at all possible.

      Of course, the flip side is that if that society is being destroyed anyway from within, by politicians usurping the rule of law… well, then the die’s already been cast.

  8. captbogus2 says:

    Garnet, the man has a smug look on his face because he knows nothing will happen.
    Holder would never prosecute.
    If Holder was, somehow, forced to prosecute he would probably find the most bumbling inept assist. da in the DOJ.
    If he was, somehow, convicted, Obama would get out his phone, his pen and his tablet of pardons all printed up and ready for signature.
    And he would end up with his retirement checks for life…

  9. Grey Neely says:

    Brian, I believe that both sides of the aisle are involved in all of this. John Koskinen is just a part of the DC establishment that is supported by both the DNC and the GOP. The DC establishment knows that the politicians will never do much more than “point fingers” at them or give them a slap on the wrist. I am afraid that it will take a revolution to clean up this mess.

    Look at the GOP primaries for the US Senate that took place in Mississippi. The incumbent (Thad Cochran) actually asked for and used registered Democrat voters to win. (Cochran also took money from Bloomberg to fund his re-election efforts.) And although the TEA Party challenger (Chris McDaniels) is challenging the election, who knows what will happen?

    I am afraid that we have gone beyond the “point of no return”. Personally, I am arming up and buying ammo like no tomorrow. I am also making sure where my old friends are, politically. The young men I know (ages ranging from 20’s to 40’s) are doing the same thing.

    Frankly, I don’t expect all this to end well.

    • BrianR says:

      Grey, I sure understand your frustration. Hell, I share it.

      And even though you know how much I despise the Establishment GOP, I also believe there ARE GOPers who have credibility, and aren’t just Establishment hacks. Issa’s a good example. Trey Gowdy’s an excellent example. Rand Paul, Michelle Bachmann, Sessions, a bunch of others.

      Even the rest who aren’t good “fighters” for principle aren’t anywhere near as bad as the Dems, who don’t just stand there and “point fingers”, but actually aid and abet Obozo in his criminal (in my opinion) actions.

      Are there some truly bad bananas in the bunch? Hell yes! And top of the list is asshat McCain. I read about your Senate race down there, and it sounds like Cochran earns a place, too.

      But for the most part, I think the Establishment hacks are more fools than knaves, whereas the Dems are outright villains.

      This is actually kinda introductory to my next essay, which writing this one gave me the idea for. I won’t say more, but stay tuned. Maybe in a week or so.

      (BTW, I never wait to be “stocked up” on gun goodies. Any time I’m down to under a thousand rounds of any caliber, it’s time to re-order!……..LOL)

  10. captbogus2 says:

    Somebody in the House has a bill authorizing 1.5 Mil to anyone who has the tapes. Uh…. did I say ‘tapes’?
    That will bring results if the emails are out there anywhere.
    The 1.5 comes out of the IRS budget…

  11. Nee says:

    As of today, SCOTUS basically confirmed the P2 and his lawlessness. He has had 14 defeats with his own appointees. At what point will Congress do thier job or is this lawlessness going to continue unchecked? It simply should not and cannot stand, FFS!!!

    • Née says:

      Oops! Thank you, Sir. I’ll have another!!

    • BrianR says:

      Hey, Nee, good to see ya.

      Well, in their defense, there’s not much the GOP-held House can do with Reid and the Dem pirates holding the Senate hostage. I think Boehner’s doing all that’s possible at this moment by filing another lawsuit.

      That’s why it’s so important that the Dems lose the Senate this November. THEN something more meaningful can happen.

      • Nee says:

        So, maybe you’re all in for voting against incumbents and choosing all new people? I just cannot believe THIS guy is allowed to continue on with his pen power unchecked! It’s unfathomable that anyone finds this acceptable.
        Someone made a point over at RedState: That Obama was going to merrily throw out things to the SCOTUS just to see which ones would stick because he wasn’t interested in winning. All it would take was one win…we are boned if this stuff keeps up. My spouse was saying that he thought with the Hobby Lobby ruling that the House could bring up the repeal again based on the fact that all of these strikedowns have merit to do bust it, but the Senate still won’t move forward. How can this piecemeal shit stand? You are absolutely right. Dizzying.

      • BrianR says:

        Nee, we’re starting to get into the subject matter of my next essay, but his “unchecked” power is a huge issue, even — and maybe especially — after the next election.

  12. captbogus2 says:

    Hopefully after the next election he won’t have his Senate collaboration.

  13. captbogus2 says:

    So quit teasin’ us and bring it out…..

  14. Mrs. AL says:

    Great post, BrianR and the comment thread is enlightening as well.

    My first thought after reading was, you get what you vote for. Unfortunately, the rest of us suffer too. I tend toward Grey’s comments.

    • BrianR says:

      Thanks as always, MrsAL.

      The problem here goes beyond voting, though, IMO. This is a naked power grab, just like Caesar declaring himself Emperor. The only thing missing is the laurel wreath.

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