Issa: Obama administration conducted propaganda campaigns for agenda

posted at 8:45 am on August 16, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, will release a report today that claims that the Obama administration has created propaganda using federal funds to promote the agenda of Barack Obama and the Democrats.  The charges would violate laws intended to separate politics from governance, which if substantiated would create a big problem for President Obama — assuming Congress wants to take this up as an issue.  The report’s summary lays out the charges clearly:

Since the beginning of the Obama Administration on January 20, 2009, ordinary Americans have financed and been exposed to an unprecedented number of public relations and propaganda efforts. Federal spending for public relations contracts rose to historically-high levels during the Bush Administration. Under one-party rule in 2009, the White House used the machinery of the Obama campaign to tout the President’s agenda through inappropriate and sometimes unlawful public relations and propaganda initiatives. Congress buoyed the Administration’s propaganda efforts by increasing federal spending on public relations for the first time since 2005.

The Obama Administration frequently used federal resources to promote the President’s agenda. In many cases, the Administration relied on the reach and resources of federal agencies and their personnel to promote certain of the President’s favorite programs. The White House also leveraged ties to the arts and entertainment community to embed propaganda in the content of television programming and artwork. These propaganda efforts violated appropriations riders and federal law prohibiting the use of appropriated funds for publicity or propaganda purposes.

The White House also used its inherent visibility advantages to multiply the effectiveness of websites containing misleading and controversial information. The White House used its resources to push visitors to websites that urge grassroots activism based on false and misleading information. The President’s right to sell his policy recommendations to Congress and the public is not disputed; however, using the resources of the federal government to activate a sophisticated propaganda and lobbying campaign is an abuse of office and a betrayal of the President’s pledge to create “an unprecedented level of openness in Government.”

Instead of facilitating openness, the public relations and propaganda activities of the White House have had precisely the opposite effect. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has historically deemed activities involving “covert propaganda” to be unlawful. In those cases, the source of the public relations or propaganda materials did not disclose his or her identity as a federal employee or contractor. Many of the Obama Administration’s propaganda activities are unlawful because they are covert. Furthermore, several programs closely resemble those decried by Democrats and ruled unlawful by GAO during the Bush Administration.

This report examines several of the most visible public relations and propaganda efforts during the first year of the Obama Administration. Viewed collectively, these activities reveal an Administration better suited to campaign-style self-promotion than to providing transparent and honest leadership.

Issa’s report looks at past propaganda from Republican and Democratic administrations, including those of Ronald Reagan, FDR, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush, and concludes that the scope of Obama’s efforts far outstrip anything seen in modern administrations.  He starts with the NEA controversy, which blew up last year and ended with Yosi Sargent’s resignation as NEA Communications Director.   But Issa doesn’t stop there; he also specifies charges of propaganda from the Department of Justice:

In October 2008, the Justice Department’s Office of Public Affairs (OPA) added Tracy Russo to direct the Department’s “new media efforts.” Russo, the Chief Blogger and Deputy Director of Online Communications for the John Edwards for President Campaign,58 was given the title “New Media Specialist.”59 Since October, Russo has served as the author of the Justice Department’s official blog.60

Shortly after Russo was hired, reports surfaced that indicated she was covertly attempting to shape public opinion by searching online for articles, blogs or other entries critical of the Administration and then anonymously, or through the use of a pseudonym, posting comments to those sites attacking the author or contents.61

The blogging and campaign communities refer to this propaganda tactic as “astroturfing.”62 Astroturfing is the action of using fake and anonymous postings on message boards and blogs to push a point of view or to create the appearance of grassroots support for a particular agenda.63

On that score, the problem may be more of a waste of taxpayer funds than propaganda, although clearly this would qualify as both.  Bloggers and blog readers know what a ridiculous exercise this would be in any event.  It would have been better to build relationships with sympathetic bloggers and feed them information for rebuttals rather than spend time entering comments that front-page-only readers would be unlikely to ever read.

Issa also specifies an effort at the Department of Education to turn DoE workers into shills for the White House:

On the morning of April 24, 2009, U.S. Department of Education (DoEd) Deputy Assistant Secretary for External Affairs and Outreach Massie Ritsch distributed an e-mail to colleagues notifying them of President Obama’s intention to promote his Direct Loan student financial aid program during a meeting later that day. Ritsch explained the rationale for the President’s timing by noting that Congress was beginning to work to resolve differences between House and Senate versions of the Fiscal Year 2010 Concurrent Budget Resolution.

The stated purpose of the e-mail was to help recipients “communicate the merits of the President’s proposal with your members and other audiences….” To help recipients do so, Ritsch attached a two-page white paper to the body of the e-mail message. The document included promotional information highlighting DoEd’s reasons for supporting the President’s plan.

Ritsch’s “colleagues,” to whom the message was sent, are not identified. The information provided to them by Ritsch includes eight bullet points, each touting the President’s direct federal student loan plan. Ritsch tells recipients to tell their “members and other audiences” that the President is “trying to eliminate a wasteful program that only benefits the banking industry” and that the President’s plan “will help the middle class, stimulate our economy over the long term and provide an appropriately trained workforce for essential public-service industries.”

That wasn’t entirely unusual for this administration, Issa claims, because the Obama White House has repeatedly attempted to use its connection to the federal bureaucracy in an attempt to transform them into political activists for Obama’s big-government agenda:

In March 2010, media reports surfaced that revealed White House Office for Health Reform Director Nancy-Ann DeParle sent overtly partisan, unsolicited health reform e-mails to career civil servants in Executive Branch agencies. The DeParle e-mails were not transmitted by the ordinary official White House staff e-mail handle “who.eop.gov” but through the mass mailing handle “messages.whitehouse.gov.”

At least three emails were objectionable: 1) an e-mail dated March 11, 2010 that begins with the line: “625 – that’s the number who lost health insurance every hour in 2009;” 2) an e-mail dated March 12, 2010 railing against the perils of “do[ing] nothing to reform our broken health care system;” and 3) a March 16, 2010, e-mail subject line: “There but for the grace of God go any one of us.”66

These e-mails implored recipients to “help raise awareness by sharing this e-mail with your friends, family and online networks.”67 According to one report posted online by CBS News.com, several career federal employees at the U.S. Department of State received these e-mails and believed they required them to take some sort of action to further the President’s agenda.68 DeParle’s e-mails featured raw partisan rhetoric in an apparent attempt to stoke the fears of recipients.

Bob Owens at Pajamas Media notes that the worst of it comes from the use of Obama’s campaign website for official business:

The worst abuse of propaganda is directly connected to the White House. BarackObama.com, run by the Democratic National Committee, has been featured during the president’s speeches. It has been used by the administration and the DNC as a mechanism to lobby Congress, again apparently illegally, and to use the president’s high profile to solicit funds for the DNC as part of what has been mocked by some as the president’s “permanent campaign.” Additional efforts by First Lady Michelle Obama, detailed in the report’s reporting on the “iParticipate” initiative, find that the administration skirted the Hatch Act and and federal anti-lobbying laws by using Mrs. Obama to support the presidents social and health care agendas with $240 million worth of free advertising.

The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s report contains enough information to warrant an official investigation of inappropriate and sometimes unlawful use of propaganda by the Obama administration. A committee spokesman indicates that they will be requesting a GAO investigation of the report’s findings.

Democrats could block that request — but probably not for long.  If the Democrats lose control of the House, Issa will hold the chair of the Oversight Committee and will have subpoena power.  He then will also have the ability to ask for a formal GAO investigation of the White House’s activities in politicking rather than governing, and that will put a dent in Obama’s allegedly-illegal reach for his re-election campaign.  It’s one of the ways that losing these midterms will mean difficult days ahead for this administration, which will be entirely self-inflicted.


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The only thing transpaerent about this administration is the continuous lies and deceptions that seem to flow continuously from every person in this in this gang of thieves. Hard to know reality if their is nothing to base it on. When the president looks the American people in the eye and lies so convincingly, the ignorance of the American people is no match. Obama is the biggest scam ever perpetuated on the country.

volsense on August 16, 2010 at 8:51 AM

Issa will hold the chair of the Oversight Committee and will have subpoena power.

As the Wilford Brimley character says in the film Absence of Malice, “Wonderful thing, a subpoeny.”

Wethal on August 16, 2010 at 8:52 AM

Finally! At last, someone is speaking up. Thank you, Rep. Issa!

petefrt on August 16, 2010 at 8:54 AM

The investigations will continue right through 2012. Yay!

JimK on August 16, 2010 at 8:56 AM

note…if you see this anywhere else but here be scared in 2012

tomas on August 16, 2010 at 8:56 AM

He has halted his evening prime time sloganeering fests. Obama. Rational people do NOT believe you.

seven on August 16, 2010 at 8:56 AM

Democrats could block that request — but probably not for long. If the Democrats lose control of the House, Issa will hold the chair of the Oversight Committee and will have subpoena power. He then will also have the ability to ask for a formal GAO investigation of the White House’s activities in politicking rather than governing, and that will put a dent in Obama’s allegedly-illegal reach for his re-election campaign. It’s one of the ways that losing these midterms will mean difficult days ahead for this administration, which will be entirely self-inflicted.

In other words, get out and vote in November!

Doughboy on August 16, 2010 at 8:57 AM

I’m torn. After November, I want Congress to get on with the business of fixing the country. Then again, impeachment would be a fitting end to Obama’s reign of incompetence.

All of the above sounds good, but I’m not that much of an optimist.

ElectricPhase on August 16, 2010 at 8:59 AM

This is exactly how they did business in Chicago. They did not not even think that they might just be held accountable for breaking the rules in Washington though.

Johnnyreb on August 16, 2010 at 9:00 AM

A regime better suited to self promotion than providing leadership. Well, this could certainly explain Zero’s still high poll numbers. Issa needs to keep blowing the smoke away from this bunch of crooks while we still have some freedoms and money left.

Kissmygrits on August 16, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Shortly after Russo was hired, reports surfaced that indicated she was covertly attempting to shape public opinion by searching online for articles, blogs or other entries critical of the Administration and then anonymously, or through the use of a pseudonym, posting comments to those sites attacking the author or contents.

Some of us have long suspected that this sort of thing has been going on at certain sites (Gateway Pundit comes to mind). Nice to see confirmation of our suspicions.

Aitch748 on August 16, 2010 at 9:02 AM

assuming Congress wants to take this up as an issue

I am not going to hold my breath.
After all, they all impeached Clinton, but left him right there in office, though he was a proven liar.
These people can & will continue to get away with whatever they want until a tidal wave hits them.

Badger40 on August 16, 2010 at 9:04 AM

Until I see a document that contains something akin to “the President has been charged with violating US Code XXX” color me unimpressed.

Color me? Is that racist?

turfmann on August 16, 2010 at 9:05 AM

At least we know where GrowFins, crrap6, & Drywall came from.

Badger40 on August 16, 2010 at 9:05 AM

Some of us have long suspected that this sort of thing has been going on at certain sites (Gateway Pundit comes to mind). Nice to see confirmation of our suspicions.

Aitch748 on August 16, 2010 at 9:02 AM

And I am willing to bet my next paycheck that she was not the only one doing this from this administration.

Johnnyreb on August 16, 2010 at 9:05 AM

ElectricPhase on August 16, 2010 at 8:59 AM

I understand your concerns. Best case scenario would be that the chance of long drawn out investigations would put an end to the behavior.

Cindy Munford on August 16, 2010 at 9:08 AM

Nice post Ed.. This administration has no fear of proper protocol, nor do they fear our laws. It’s amazingly over the top watching these politicians act as if our laws don’t apply to them. We had better see heads roll and people paying serious prices due to this behavior. Restoration of our laws must take place.

Keemo on August 16, 2010 at 9:08 AM

Badger40 on August 16, 2010 at 9:05 AM

You forgot Jimbo.

They’ve been pretty scarce lately.

Even the trolls are deserting this collapsing bridge of an “administration”.

NoDonkey on August 16, 2010 at 9:09 AM

At least we know where GrowFins, crrap6, & Drywall came from.

Badger40 on August 16, 2010 at 9:05 AM

Yep… Spot on.

Keemo on August 16, 2010 at 9:10 AM

It’s about f*cking time.

Felonious Monk on August 16, 2010 at 9:10 AM

Let’s not forget Shipley… MIA

Keemo on August 16, 2010 at 9:11 AM

Cindy Munford on August 16, 2010 at 9:08 AM

That’s all well and good for future behavior, but their past behavior should be punished.

Impeachment proceedings would be the first time tax $$ would actually go to good use under this current POtuS. I look forward to the proceedings & CJ Roberts presiding

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on August 16, 2010 at 9:13 AM

Nicely stated Aslans..

Keemo on August 16, 2010 at 9:15 AM

Shortly after Russo was hired, reports surfaced that indicated she was covertly attempting to shape public opinion by searching online for articles, blogs or other entries critical of the Administration and then anonymously, or through the use of a pseudonym, posting comments to those sites attacking the author or contents.61

Is that how crr666 has used her “internship”?

Isn’t Organizing for America another abuse and blurring of campaign propaganda with government communications?

onlineanalyst on August 16, 2010 at 9:15 AM

These propaganda efforts violated appropriations riders and federal law prohibiting the use of appropriated funds for publicity or propaganda purposes.

PBS

Endowment for the Arts

Tax funded grants for non-profits

maverick muse on August 16, 2010 at 9:15 AM

When you read the headline

Obama administration conducted propaganda campaigns for agenda

The first thing you think is “Duh!”. As Obama lives and breathes.

Paul-Cincy on August 16, 2010 at 9:17 AM

Oops, did strike instead of strong, my bad.

Paul-Cincy on August 16, 2010 at 9:18 AM

Under George W. Bush, public relations contract spending increased exponentially, reaching an all-time high of $161 million in 2003.

Don’t miss this! Bush was the first socialist and Pravda-ish, pro-captive-big-business and anti-free-enterprise president we’ve had in my lifetime. Obama is just following hard in his steps, and is just being more competent – which isn’t saying much.

dtestard on August 16, 2010 at 9:18 AM

All the more reason to: Get out and VOTE!!!!!!!

SayNo2-O on August 16, 2010 at 9:18 AM

The charges would violate laws intended to separate politics from governance, which if substantiated would create a big problem for President Obama — assuming Congress wants to take this up as an issue.

This Congress? Fat chance.

Nothing has happened with Walpin firing, Black Panthers, Sestak job offer, Romanoff job offer, “Tickle Fight” Massa, etc.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 16, 2010 at 9:18 AM

Paul-Cincy on August 16, 2010 at 9:18 AM

Hey, those slips add emotion to the text.

maverick muse on August 16, 2010 at 9:18 AM

Let’s not forget Shipley… MIA

Keemo on August 16, 2010 at 9:11 AM

Tom was much funnier at Captain’s Quarters.

Del Dolemonte on August 16, 2010 at 9:19 AM

I like this guy. I can’t wait until we give him Subpoena powers!

RarestRX on August 16, 2010 at 9:19 AM

This is Cass Sunstein’s work.

In 2008, while at Harvard Law School, Sunstein co-wrote a truly pernicious paper proposing that the U.S. Government employ teams of covert agents and pseudo-”independent” advocates to “cognitively infiltrate” online groups and websites — as well as other activist groups — which advocate views that Sunstein deems “false conspiracy theories” about the Government. This would be designed to increase citizens’ faith in government officials and undermine the credibility of conspiracists.

Sunstein advocates that the Government’s stealth infiltration should be accomplished by sending covert agents into “chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups.” He also proposes that the Government make secret payments to so-called “independent” credible voices to bolster the Government’s messaging (on the ground that those who don’t believe government sources will be more inclined to listen to those who appear independent while secretly acting on behalf of the Government). This program would target those advocating false “conspiracy theories,” which they define to mean: “an attempt to explain an event or practice by reference to the machinations of powerful people, who have also managed to conceal their role.”

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 16, 2010 at 9:24 AM

RarestRX on August 16, 2010 at 9:19 AM

First on the dock – Henry Waxman.

Second on the dock – Nancy Pelosi.

Thorough investigations and indictments to follow.

It’s going to be a beautiful winter.

NoDonkey on August 16, 2010 at 9:26 AM

Bloggers and blog readers know what a ridiculous exercise this would be in any event.

Not necessarily. I recall a Moby creating some problems right here on HA not too long ago.

Now, you may claim this is all ridiculous, but just look around at how much the the network of Right bloggers has changed since his election….most of you know exactly what I’m talking about. Coincidence? Maybe.

TheBigOldDog on August 16, 2010 at 9:27 AM

This wasn’t a new development – many administrations have used propaganda for various purposes going back through many administrations (as the report indicates).

This one, however, has been much more underhanded and slimy about trying to blur the line between legitimate advocacy that’s normal SOP and using their positions and public money to do things like use govt websites to drive traffic to liberal advocacy groups’ sites (and then pretend when asked that they have no idea what you’re talking about – the “I did NOT have sex with that woman” defense.

Fire them all.

Good Lt on August 16, 2010 at 9:28 AM

It would have been better to build relationships with sympathetic bloggers and feed them information for rebuttals rather than spend time entering comments that front-page-only readers would be unlikely to ever read.

You ignore the demoralizing effect an army of relentless trolls have on your audience. After a while all you have left are the trolls, and you have lost your audience.

You can see it on the telly, debates between opposite sides turn into shouting matches; the producer thinks it’s dramatic TV while the audience turns the noise off and does something else.

Skandia Recluse on August 16, 2010 at 9:28 AM

Keep in mind that the Democrats do control the House. I predict their response will be something akin to “…move along now, nothing to see here.

Henry Bowman on August 16, 2010 at 9:28 AM

At least we know where GrowFins, crrap6, & Drywall came from.

Badger40 on August 16, 2010 at 9:05 AM

You’re Trolls have been sponsored by….The Obama Administration. Out of control since 2008.

portlandon on August 16, 2010 at 9:30 AM

The charges would violate laws intended to separate politics from governance, which if substantiated would create a big problem for President Obama — assuming Congress wants to take this up as an issue.

Thanks for the morning laugh, Ed. Violating the law is what they do before breakfast — violating the Constitution is what they do after breakfast.

rbj on August 16, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Restoration Enforcement of our laws must take place.

Keemo on August 16, 2010 at 9:08 AM

That’s all we need.
They’ve got enough on them to be put in jail for life if this were to occur.

Badger40 on August 16, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Why worry? It certainly hasn’t worked.

AnninCA on August 16, 2010 at 9:31 AM

portlandon on August 16, 2010 at 9:30 AM

I have noticed they’ve all been suspiciously absent for a while.
Could it be the IOUs from the govt weren’t paying the bills for them?
Now they’re having to get to mom’s SS check before she does so they’ve got some spending cash.

Badger40 on August 16, 2010 at 9:32 AM

I sniffed to soon.
Looks like one showed up.

Badger40 on August 16, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Can this be true? How reliable are these sources? Just found this.

“Obama admits to being a Muslim”

http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/06/report_obama_said_i_am_a_musli.html

jazzmo on August 16, 2010 at 9:33 AM

You actually think that Biden would be worse than Obama. Biden is only an apprentice of the Chicago way.

burt on August 16, 2010 at 9:37 AM

DO NOT IMPEACH OBAMA – YET!!!

Obama is done. It is very doubtful that he will be re-elected and he is our best poster boy for what’s wrong with Liberal/Progressives.

Go after EVERYONE ELSE in his administration. Make them all take the 5th and ruin their futures in politics and commentary.

Typically, when a Congressional Committee is told that someone will take the 5th they don’t call them to testify in front of the cameras. HELL NO.
“So you and the President and the DNC cooked up this illegal scheme together?” “On the advice of counsel, I plead my 5th Amendment right against self incrimination.”

Save that until he wants to run for office or works for a polititian or the DNC. Let his new boss explain why they hired them.

barnone on August 16, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Aslans Girl on August 16, 2010 at 9:13 AM

If they have a great case, go for it. I thought lying under oath was a big deal but apparently not so much.

Cindy Munford on August 16, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Don’t miss this! Bush was the first socialist and Pravda-ish, pro-captive-big-business and anti-free-enterprise president we’ve had in my lifetime. Obama is just following hard in his steps, and is just being more competent – which isn’t saying much.

dtestard on August 16, 2010 at 9:18 AM

What is not covered here are the purposes of the promotion Bush did; “We are OK” after 911. “Americans are Good” in the middle east, especially Iraq. “Spend to help the Economy” again after 911.

It wasn’t for “Re-Elect Me and the Progressives” or “Vote for my @#$ Spending Bill.”

barnone on August 16, 2010 at 9:41 AM

You ignore the demoralizing effect an army of relentless trolls have on your audience. After a while all you have left are the trolls, and you have lost your audience.

Skandia Recluse on August 16, 2010 at 9:28 AM

They must understand that at some level otherwise they’d have open registration.

TheBigOldDog on August 16, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Is that mealy mouthy annoying voice I hear now days every time I log onto hotair one of these astroturfers?

Sounds like my high school English teacher talkin about rising up or something! Shut it off hotair!

dhunter on August 16, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Biden definitely would be bad if Obama was removed. But also, wouldn’t Biden be able to run in 2012 and 2016?

jazzmo on August 16, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Under George W. Bush, public relations contract spending increased exponentially, reaching an all-time high of $161 million in 2003.

Don’t miss this! Bush was the first socialist and Pravda-ish, pro-captive-big-business and anti-free-enterprise president we’ve had in my lifetime. Obama is just following hard in his steps, and is just being more competent – which isn’t saying much.

dtestard on August 16, 2010 at 9:18 AM

dtestard’s “competent”? Rather than appropriate to Obama, himself but a puppet, the word applies to his owners. Not that we’d argue, since it is he getting the credit.

The GWB criticism should be put into context, not that it is incorrect. After 9/11, Bush’s and CONGRESS’ efforts to “fix” national security were obtuse. Ironically, Bush’s neoconservative-socialist moves were what the news fixated on “warning” the public of executive branch abuse of powers. Given a Democrat-Marxist Obama in office, those same abuses of power are lauded by the MSM.

Though Bush kept his nose clean, unlike Obama groveling in absolute corruption, the Patriot Act and DHS were a poor excuse for the Republicans’ best efforts to protect our CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC, those entities being the root cause enabling Marxism to rule America. Goes to show where neoconservatism goes wrong when implemented in governance.

Bush’s supporters would sing the chorus that federal propaganda was necessary given the irate opposition to Bush’s decisions that not only begat the Patriot Act and DHS, but instituted futile wars in Islam to “nation build” Muslim allies (futile given the context of radical jihad and the Quran being the cornerstone of Islamic Theocracy).

Besides, whatever came of Bush’s administration’s propaganda that Iraq would pay war reparations with oil, and that the US would have permanent military installations in Iraq ready to buffer/attack Iran? All that disappeared like a mirage as the war dragged on, and the only rhetoric coming from the White House narrowed on simply “nation building” and “free elections” because “all people want liberty” regardless of outcomes that included the annihilation of the indigenous Iraqi Christian population.

NAFTA, open borders and amnesty for illegal aliens is merely scratching the surface of Bush’s “legacy”. It was Bush who sold Congress on TARP bailout for international industries. It was Bush who executive ordered the Sec./Treasury to be AUTONOMOUS and beholden to no one (neither Congress or the President or any Court), because Paulson happened to be the most corrupt Treasurer EVER–Paulson the Fraudster of global mortgage investments via Goldman Sachs that made the global economy bleed out.

Americans grasp at straws in order to feel better about our circumstances. With Bush, I supported him because he was our president, and I hoped for the best though I disagreed with his decisions. But there are many who still express how much they miss him, as if America needs more Bush neoconservatism rather than a Constitutional Conservative POTUS.

maverick muse on August 16, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Uh… they just figured this out? I mean… uhm. Haven’t folks on our side o’ da fence been saying this since the advent of the “office of the president elect?”

Mad Mad Monica on August 16, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Just another example of the Obama administration spending money they didn’t have to spend.

Why go to all that trouble when you have the biggest propaganda machine, the MSM, in your back pocket?

fogw on August 16, 2010 at 9:47 AM

Badger40 on August 16, 2010 at 9:04 AM

That’s a Ditto on that. Until we get rid of the RINO’s in congress, we won’t see any changes. Vote out the bums in November and continue to get rid of every RINO!

flytier on August 16, 2010 at 9:48 AM

jazzmo on August 16, 2010 at 9:44 AM

As of “Bite Me” could effectively oppose a Republican Majority.

Impeach Obama.

Why nip a leaf here and there if the point is to remove the poison at its root? How else to effective destroy the growth pattern of Marxism?

maverick muse on August 16, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Beyond death and taxes, there only one other constant in the universe.

Liberals cannot follow the law, even the one’s they write.

BobMbx on August 16, 2010 at 9:52 AM

barnone on August 16, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Does that include Hillary? As discredited as she is, there are way too many that think she is a credible Democrat.

BetseyRoss on August 16, 2010 at 9:53 AM

barnone on August 16, 2010 at 9:41 AM

STYLE. As if that’s enough when content dissolves clarity of Constitutional Governance.

It isn’t as if STYLE is not appreciated. Style was all that mattered in the French Court. But then, look what happened to the French monarchy.

maverick muse on August 16, 2010 at 9:54 AM

Its a dilema. Even if he was to be impeached, he could refuse to resign. At that point not much could be done except to defeat him in 2012.

jazzmo on August 16, 2010 at 9:54 AM

Does that include Hillary? As discredited as she is, there are way too many that think she is a credible Democrat.

BetseyRoss on August 16, 2010 at 9:53 AM

You missed Obama’s media limiting Hillary’s options to VP’12?

maverick muse on August 16, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Shortly after Russo was hired, reports surfaced that indicated she was covertly attempting to shape public opinion by searching online for articles, blogs or other entries critical of the Administration and then anonymously, or through the use of a pseudonym, posting comments to those sites attacking the author or contents.61

Jeepers, I wonder if any of us around here have been subjected to this????

trolls, care to comment?

ted c on August 16, 2010 at 9:58 AM

It would have been better to build relationships with sympathetic bloggers and feed them information for rebuttals rather than spend time entering comments that front-page-only readers would be unlikely to ever read.

shows where we stand in Ed’s world. we are only here to fill the comment quota—the void under the blog post–no one ever reads our comments, and, when we get out of line, THE BAN HAMMER COMES A CALLING.

what an existence…..

ted c on August 16, 2010 at 10:01 AM

jazzmo on August 16, 2010 at 9:54 AM

Perhaps we understand the impeachment process differently.

You think that resignation is the only legal way to be rid of a POTUS? Thank Nixon for that false memory.

There are two processes. First, the impeachment. THEN THE PROSECUTION. To date, the only impeached presidents (Nixon quit rather than face impeachment) were not subsequently found guilty after prosecution. Clinton wasn’t even prosecuted after his impeachment. NO GUTS, NO GLORY to his Congressional loyal opposition consisting mostly of bipartisan neoconservative Republican wimps who opted for STYLE as if an impeachment hurt Clinton. By not having prosecuted Clinton, those wimps negated the fear factor of “being impeached” that was Nixon’s worst nightmare. Lincoln’s VP who became POTUS was impeached, but barely was not found guilty after prosecution, left lame duck. No?

maverick muse on August 16, 2010 at 10:01 AM

Issa will hold the chair of the Oversight Committee and will have subpoena power. He then will also have the ability to ask for a formal GAO investigation of the White House’s activities in politicking rather than governing, and that will put a dent in Obama’s allegedly-illegal reach for his re-election campaign.

I hope Issa has the tenacity of a pitbull and the gentleness of a Doberman when he gets a hold of that chairmanship.

ted c on August 16, 2010 at 10:03 AM

Liberals cannot follow the law, even the one’s they write.

BobMbx on August 16, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Even the one’s they don’t write, but make up as they go along.

We know the Emperor Has No Clothes story. That essence permeates our Government as well.

maverick muse on August 16, 2010 at 10:04 AM

Take a moment right now to say a prayer and send blessings to the truthtellers, big and small, ordinary and prominent.

pjean on August 16, 2010 at 10:06 AM

Maverick, your knowledge is not in question and I am in agreement. But, consider this. The public would see impeachment as a political move and it would be very damaging to conservatives. It would be an extremely long drawn out process and who knows the result. I think Republicans would cave on it in the end. All of this during a time when unemployment is so high and the economy is struggling. Its the last thing people would want Congress to be involved in. If Republicans come to power in Congress and push impeachment proceedings, the public would take out their frustrations on the Republican party in 2012.

jazzmo on August 16, 2010 at 10:09 AM

I won’t say I told ya so. heh.

Dear Rep. Issa,

Sic ‘em!

Dog

dogsoldier on August 16, 2010 at 10:10 AM

He then will also have the ability to ask for a formal GAO investigation of the White House’s activities in politicking rather than governing

Not understanding the difference between politicking and governing will not be a valid defense, right?

forest on August 16, 2010 at 10:12 AM

jazzmo

I’ve been around long enough to know that ignoring encroaching Marxism only makes things worse.

see impeachment as a political move and it would be very damaging to conservatives.

I absolutely disagree since impeachment would be very encouraging for the American citizenry, 80% of whom see themselves as conservatives.

For impeachment and prosecution to succeed, constituents must elect Constitutional Conservatives given that neoconservatives salivate at the opportunity to usurp for themselves the unconstitutional governance they’ve already established and Obama’s administration is augmenting. Plunder and rape America. That’s political. Save, protect and USE the Constitution is the only way to keep it the supreme law of the land. Deciding not to impeach is extremely politically correct, never being conservative when inconvenient. THAT’S seen as a political move.

maverick muse on August 16, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Deciding not to impeach is extremely politically correct, never being conservative when inconvenient.

I agree. But in reality, would conservatives be able to do it, and would the public see it as the right thing to do especially at this point in time. If you knew ahead of time the effort would not be successful, which is a possibility, would you pursue it? I don’t think we can elect enough true conservatives this year to make it a reality.

jazzmo on August 16, 2010 at 10:31 AM

I want to see Washington awash in so many subpoenas they will think it is snowing. I want there to be a 25 ring non stop hearing circus – I want to see stocks brought back – and a huge pile of rotten tomatoes to throw at the offenders of both parties!

Queen0fCups on August 16, 2010 at 10:49 AM

All that propaganda… now is anyone bothering to watch it, read it, listen to it?

As far as I see no one pays much attention to whatever message comes from government agencies and the MFM in the way of pro-program items. It is easy to know the propaganda: cue up children, the elderly, happy music, and then bring on some sweet voice over to tell you what good extra federal regulations will do you. Instant MUTE button or zip/zap it. Those who actually believe what the government is doing is actually worthwhile is dwindling to the die hards… and the only real message from the federal government anyone pays any attention to is the IRS.

When we start withholding our taxes via continual extensions, then even that will go.

Nice government you have there.

Be a shame if no one paid any attention to it and didn’t bother to pay for it any more, huh?

ajacksonian on August 16, 2010 at 10:54 AM

He starts with the NEA controversy, which blew up last year and ended with Yosi Sargent’s resignation as NEA Communications Director.

Last year, when I read the reports of the NEA with Yosi Sargent clearly (caught on tape!) overstepping the rules of seperating the government from political arm of the DNC, I was expecting someone (Buffy/Yosi) to be in handcuffs, yet no one in the media is interested. No one in the Democrat controlled congress has asked for hearings.
Thank you Rep. Issa!!!

TN Mom on August 16, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Impeachment would make even the radical collectivist Obama into a martyr, initiating another round of 24-7 media and ruling class hatefest combined with some public remorse, not the best scenario.

Not that he hasn’t harmed the nation and doesn’t deserve it.

Speakup on August 16, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Let’s take a few small things and blow them out of proportion so that the president can play victim and say that the GOP is more interested in talking about a website or a blogger instead of actually promoting good legislation!

That worked great in 1996.

cpaulus on August 16, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Shortly after Russo was hired, reports surfaced that indicated she was covertly attempting to shape public opinion by searching online for articles, blogs or other entries critical of the Administration and then anonymously, or through the use of a pseudonym, posting comments to those sites attacking the author or contents.61
Jeepers, I wonder if any of us around here have been subjected to this????

trolls, care to comment?

ted c on August 16, 2010 at 9:58 AM

Our tax dollars are funding the trolls who attack us. Demand a hearing, let the truth come out. I want a REFUND of my tax dollars!!!!

TN Mom on August 16, 2010 at 11:16 AM

Step 1: Investigate
Step 2: Develop cases
Step 3: Hearings and Punishment.

Run a long stream of defendents through the system. Evict 20-30 from the big brother house (aka Congress) and then, if there is a trail that connects all of them to the president, and the people of America want to remove him, do it. Watergate is a better model than the clinton years. The overwhelming case was built and presented to the american people and the actual impeachment was unnecessary since members of the presidents own part turned on him. THAT should be the goal, bring some democrats back into the fold, give a path that leads back to America for the Democratic Party. Let them purge the evil.

WashingtonsWake on August 16, 2010 at 11:19 AM

It is amazing to me – with the mainstream media in his pocket and a catalog of cultural icons in his corner, that this man needs to go so far as to break the law to promote his agenda. Did he think he wouldn’t get caught? Or is smarter than us and realizes that even if he gets caught no one will care?

tflst5 on August 16, 2010 at 11:25 AM

I still blame the state run media…they have been a willing accomplice.

d1carter on August 16, 2010 at 11:29 AM

Aside from telling everyone to leave his family alone (keeping the monopoly on their exploitation for himself), perhaps Obama’s administration is PAYING his daughter for the latest publicity stunt in the Gulf. Naturally, Michelle’s on the payroll at taxpayer expense. Easy peasy direct tax funds to corporations that provide kickbacks.

maverick muse on August 16, 2010 at 11:37 AM

I want a REFUND of my tax dollars!!!!

TN Mom on August 16, 2010 at 11:16 AM

Not a neoconservative tax rebate that every recipient must repay.

maverick muse on August 16, 2010 at 11:38 AM

I agree. But in reality, would conservatives be able to do it, and would the public see it as the right thing to do especially at this point in time. If you knew ahead of time the effort would not be successful, which is a possibility, would you pursue it? I don’t think we can elect enough true conservatives this year to make it a reality.

jazzmo on August 16, 2010 at 10:31 AM

“Would the public see it as the right thing to do especially at this point in time”?

Definitely a political consideration, not statesmanship, checking polls to determine whether to support the Constitution or let the Marxists shred it. Separation of government branches is so inconvenient for authoritarians. One’s own vain perception of popularity being the only thing that matters, wimps and sods refuse to pursue impeachment without a guaranteed win. Thanks for nothing, RINOs.

Admit the revisionist definition of a vain attempt: NOT EVEN TRYING, too smart to get involved due to being excessively proud of or concerned about one’s own appearance, qualities, achievements, etc.; too conceited to care beyond a shrug.

It is the business of constituents to make the demand of their candidate prior to support via ballot, and to hold the elected official’s feet to the flame in order to maintain integrity in office.

There won’t be ANY impeachment unless a grassroots uprising demands one. And I’ve already stated that given Clinton, an impeachment without prosecution is meaningless.

There are conservative elected legislators who would carry on the nation’s business even as the sods and wimps clog up the impeachment process. EVERYONE has an agenda. The impeachment process would hurt the Leftists, draining THEIR efforts to pursue more aggressive national destruction.

Better to curtail Obama’s powers than endure more years under his Marxist thugs dismantling Constitutional Governance. How any non-leftist can’t see that proves how stuck on stupid American Leftists are. Leftists certainly know how to make demands, unconstitutional demands at that.

WHY INDULGE THE LEFT with complacency? If you can’t beat them, join them hardly applies when you don’t even TRY.

maverick muse on August 16, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Do not give any who testify immunity.

Establish coordination against the rules of the agencies involved.

The charge is not impeachment: it is conspiracy.

It is a RICO case that needs an independent prosecutor, and the daily drip, drip, drip of findings, testimony, hearings, grand jury indictments…. please give me a few years of that!

ajacksonian on August 16, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Obama is Chavez’ brother.

Our media is the former Pravda, with apologies to the current Pravda.

Issa is a one tough good cookie!

Schadenfreude on August 16, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Defense from the democratics: all Presidents do it.

True, but Bammie takes it to outrageous extents. This is not unlike his campaign finance scam, where small donations (<$50?) do not have to report personal details. They used that loophole to pile up millions in dirty cash from questionable sources like the Gaza phone banks and Donald Duck.

This is textbook Alinsky -learn the opponent's rule book well and use it to beat him over the head.

slickwillie2001 on August 16, 2010 at 12:18 PM

assuming Congress wants to take this up as an issue.

They’ll get right on it.

listens2glenn on August 16, 2010 at 1:29 PM

Issa is the congressman who led the charge against Davis and got him recalled. Then Ahnuld rode in at the last minute on his celebrity horse and the idiot Ca voters sent him to Sacramento as the “Governator”. I wonder what shape Ca would we be in now if Ahnuld hadn’t gotten elected and Issa had…

CCRWM on August 16, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Go Issa! I used to think he was kind of wacky, but now I think he’s a very courageous man.

p.s. Would it be appropriate to let us know if there have been any Tracy Russo postings here?

LASue on August 16, 2010 at 3:11 PM

though nothing will come of this until the Republicans win the house and gain subpoena power and even then there is no guarantee they will actually investigate anything.

Daemonocracy on August 16, 2010 at 3:23 PM

entries critical of the Administration and then anonymously, or through the use of a pseudonym, posting comments to those sites attacking the author or contents.61

Tracy Russo, an official White House paid troll?
Any chance of exposing this trolls “name” here on Hot Air?

DSchoen on August 16, 2010 at 3:37 PM

At least we know where GrowFins, crrap6, & Drywall came from.
Badger40 on August 16, 2010 at 9:05 AM

crrap6 on Drywall and GrowFins? Sounds like 12 yearolds, Tracy Russo?

DSchoen on August 16, 2010 at 3:54 PM

It would have been better to build relationships with sympathetic bloggers and feed them information

Ah, you mean something like the Journolist?

chickasaw42 on August 16, 2010 at 7:21 PM

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