Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on May 12, 2013 by Allahpundit

It’s a cliché, of course, but it really is true: in Washington, every scandal has a crime and a coverup. The ongoing debate about the attack on the United States facility in Benghazi where four Americans were killed, and the Obama Administration’s response to it, is no exception. For a long time, it seemed like the idea of a coverup was just a Republican obsession. But now there is something to it.

[T]he mere existence of the edits—whatever the motivation for them—seriously undermines the White House’s credibility on this issue. This past November (after Election Day), White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters that “The White House and the State Department have made clear that the single adjustment that was made to those talking points by either of those two institutions were changing the word ‘consulate’ to ‘diplomatic facility’ because ‘consulate’ was inaccurate.”

Remarkably, Carney is sticking with that line even now…

This is an incredible thing for Carney to be saying. He’s playing semantic games, telling a roomful of journalists that the definition of editing we’ve all been using is wrong, that the only thing that matters is who’s actually working the keyboard. It’s not quite re-defining the word “is,” or the phrase “sexual relations,” but it’s not all that far off, either.

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein says the talking points used on the Sunday news shows following the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, were wrong, adding that the administration should have been quicker in calling it a terrorist act.

“I think the talking points were wrong,” the California Democrat who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I think the talking points should not be written by the intelligence community.”

“Unfortunately,” she added, “the word extremist was used which isn’t not as crystal clear as terrorist.”

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“For the president’s spokesman to say, ‘Well, there was only words or technical changes made in those e-mails’ is a flat-out untruth,” McCain told Martha Raddatz in an interview on This Week. “I’d call it a cover-up. I would call it a cover-up in the extent that there was willful removal of information which was obvious. It was obvious. Mr. Hicks said in his testimony his jaw dropped. . . I was on another Sunday morning show after Susan Rice, my jaw dropped. I said look, people don’t bring rocket propelled grenades and mortars to demonstrations.”…

“The narrative of the Obama campaign is ‘Bin Laden is dead, Al Qaeda is on the run, not to worry about anything,’ and here comes this attack on Benghazi,” said McCain…

McCain did say that the cover-up could potentially implicate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “I think the secretary of state has played a role in this,” he said. “She had to have been in the loop some way, but we don’t know for sure.”

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The White House has touted the Accountability Review Board (ARB) investigation of the Benghazi massacre as a review “led by two men of unimpeachable expertise and credibility that oversaw a process that was rigorous and unsparing.” In fact, the report was purposefully incomplete and willfully misleading

A most obvious question is: why was Secretary Clinton never interviewed for the investigation? She is mentioned only once in the report, as the person who convened the Board. If, as Clinton herself has said, she took full responsibility for what happened in Benghazi, her decisions and decision-making process are materially relevant for investigating what happened before and during the night of September 11, 2012, and preventing what went wrong from ever happening again…

My husband, Joseph diGenova, and I represented two State Department whistleblowers for the House Oversight and Reform Committee hearings held last week, on May 8. Mark Thompson, my husband’s client, testified that he asked twice to be interviewed by the ARB and was not. Mr. Thompson was the deputy assistant secretary in charge of coordinating the deployment of a multi-agency team for hostage taking and terrorism attacks. Yet, he was excluded from all decisions, communications, and meetings on September 11 and 12, 2012. Why? Others asked to be interviewed and were not. Until they see how my client, Gregory Hicks, former chargé and deputy chief of mission (DCM) in Libya, and Mr. Thompson fare after their testimony, they will not step forward.

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Since we still don’t know the administration’s decision-making process on post-Benghazi talking points — in part because the trail of e-mails has not been made public — we can’t say definitively how much forethought there was in the way they misrepresented reality. It is possible that there was no overarching “plan” to lie, no marching orders, no formal cover-up. It could well be that members of the administration just panicked and did whatever they could to avoid “al-Qaeda-backed attack kills Americans” headlines in the middle of a presidential campaign.

Some of the people involved may not have even known they were lying, per se. They might have merely reasoned themselves into believing the video was the cause. Such a belief would certainly soothe the kind of mind that thinks all anti-American Islamic terrorism is “blowback” or “chickens come home to roost.” Or they could have been somewhere between, engaging in classic political bull, exploiting the possibility that the video explanation might be true to distract from the far greater likelihood that it wasn’t.

An administration isn’t a hive mind, it’s a crowd — and in a crisis, frequently a mob. So it’s likely that there was some of all this in the administration’s reaction to Benghazi, or that, à la The Logic of Empire, what started as a number of individuals trying to cover their own rear ends, or Madam Secretary’s, or Candidate Obama’s, morphed into official policy — and a great evil…

Conservative commentator Ken Gardner borrows a page from Russell in what is perhaps the best 140-character summary of what we’ve learned about Benghazi so far: “Was the Benghazi attack and its aftermath the result of incompetence or a dishonest coverup with media complicity? Yes. It was.

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“I don’t think he has adequate people questioning him on these things,” said one close Obama ally and Washington veteran. He agreed to speak frankly on the condition that he not be identified…

Chris Lehane, one of the “masters of disaster” who ran the damage-control operation in the Clinton White House, said Obama’s staff has failed to follow some basic rules for dealing with a potential scandal: avoid putting out a narrative that will not be sustained by the facts and get in front of damaging information by making it public before your adversaries do.

For instance, “if they had put those [Benghazi] e-mails out on their own terms, they would have gotten a little more of the benefit of the doubt,” Lehane said. “There’s no question that if they had basically applied the fundamentals of crisis management, they would be in a different situation today.”

But with the attack happening less than two months before voters went to the polls last year, “they may have made the decision that it was better to win the presidential election and deal with the fallout on the other side,” Lehane said.

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The dying Los Angeles Times reported this story on its homepage (as a sidebar to “Thirteen Great Tacos in Southern California”) under the following headline: “Partisan Politics Dominates House Benghazi Hearing.” In fact, everyone in this story is a Democrat or a career civil servant. Chris Stevens was the poster boy for Obama’s view of the Arab Spring; he agreed with the president on everything that mattered. The only difference is that he wasn’t in Vegas but out there on the front line, where Obama’s delusions meet reality. Stevens believed in those illusions enough to die for them. One cannot say the same about the hollow men and women in Washington who sent him out there unprotected, declined to lift a finger when he came under attack, and in the final indignity subordinated his sacrifice to their political needs by lying over his corpse. Where’s the “partisan politics”? Obama, Clinton, Panetta, Clapper, Rice, and the rest did this to one of their own. And fawning court eunuchs, like the ranking Democrat at the hearings, Elijah Cummings, must surely know that, if they needed, they’d do it to them, too. If you believe in politics über alles, it’s impressive, in the same way that Hillary’s cocksure dismissal — “What difference, at this point, does it make?” — is impressive.

But the embassy security chief, Eric Nordstrom, had the best answer to that: It matters because “the truth matters” — not least to the Libyan president, who ever since has held the U.S. government in utter contempt. Truth matters, and character matters. For the American people to accept the Obama-Clinton lie is to be complicit in it.

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Issa said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he planned to request a deposition from former Ambassador Thomas Pickering and retired Admiral Mike Mullen, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The two helmed an investigation [the Accountability Review Board] into the September terrorist attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

Issa said the White House “effectively lied” to the public about the nature of the attack, by initially downplaying an terrorist aspects and saying the attack was more spontaneous and mob-oriented.

“The real truth is the people who were there in Tripoli and Benghazi knew it was a terror attack from the get-go,” he said. “When the wheels come off, when in fact people make a decision to give us something that’s false and then that’s shown to be false, of course we have an obligation to look at it.”

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Electrongod on May 12, 2013 at 8:07 PM

For a long time, it seemed like the idea of a coverup was just a Republican obsession. But now there is something to it.

They just get caught at it more..

Electrongod on May 12, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Almost! (Bishop, that is…)

EG beat me to it!!

massrighty on May 12, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Tin soldiers and hillary coming….

wolly4321 on May 12, 2013 at 8:10 PM

why didn’t issa bring up hillary blaming it on the video and dear leader blaming it on the video???

cmsinaz on May 12, 2013 at 8:12 PM

Vince Foster, unavailable for comment.

wolly4321 on May 12, 2013 at 8:13 PM

May this past week be the “beginning” point on the timeline where the “end” point is impeachment.

hillsoftx on May 12, 2013 at 8:13 PM

…cats have a baby-sitter so early on a Saturday night?

KOOLAID2 on May 12, 2013 at 8:14 PM

most obvious question is: why was Secretary Clinton never interviewed for the investigation?

ding ding ding

pickering is an idiot for covering hillary and obama…he got away with it scot free on mtp this am…gregory didn’t push him hard enough

cmsinaz on May 12, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Darn…
I really was hoping that Obama would lower the oceans and heal the planet…

Electrongod on May 12, 2013 at 8:15 PM

But the embassy security chief, Eric Nordstrom, had the best answer to that: It matters because “the truth matters” — not least to the Libyan president, who ever since has held the U.S. government in utter contempt. Truth matters, and character matters. For the American people to accept the Obama-Clinton lie is to be complicit in it.

…along with the Politburo Press!

KOOLAID2 on May 12, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Sen. Dianne Feinstein says the talking points used on the Sunday news shows following the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, were wrong, adding that the administration should have been quicker in calling it a terrorist act.

Quicker? The administration knew it was a terrorist act even before Hillary and the rat-eared coward went out to the Rose Garden on 9/12/12 and tearfully spoke of Libyans who defended Christopher Stevens from those engaged in a spontaneous attack based on a YouTube video. They even made up a story about rushing Stevens to a hospital when the reality was terrorists paradeing the dead body of our sodomized Ambassador through the streets of Benghazi.

Eff Feinstein- a worthless partisan whore who should die the same way Christopher Stevens did if there is justice in this world.

Happy Nomad on May 12, 2013 at 8:18 PM

…cats have a baby-sitter so early on a Saturday night?

KOOLAID2 on May 12, 2013 at 8:14 PM

…unusual!…fixed it!

KOOLAID2 on May 12, 2013 at 8:18 PM

The beeatch has been undermining the planet since I was 4 years old.

I’m kinda pissed off about that.

wolly4321 on May 12, 2013 at 8:19 PM

SUNDAY!

KOOLAID2 on May 12, 2013 at 8:19 PM

“I would call it a cover-up.”

That’s singular. It should be plural, very plural.

VorDaj on May 12, 2013 at 8:19 PM

David Patreus threw his honor and reputation in the trash for these thugs. Why did Hillary and others tell the families of the dead American heroes it was the fault of a Youtube video? But, have not uttered a word to them since..?

d1carter on May 12, 2013 at 8:20 PM

Kirsten Powers is sold.

Even Bill Clinton wouldn’t have gotten away with this.

ted c on May 12, 2013 at 8:21 PM

When will senate democrats start holding their own hearings on why House Republicans are wasting everyone’s time and taxpayer funds on show trials no one except the tea-billies care about?

HotAirLib on May 12, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Get Petraeus, Ham and Gaouette up in front of Congress.

ted c on May 12, 2013 at 8:22 PM

For a long time, it seemed like the idea of a coverup was just a Republican obsession.

Only to a moron.

VorDaj on May 12, 2013 at 8:22 PM

What we’ve been saying about Benghazi was not some Partisan Republican fiction. We knew this stunk to high heaven all along. The mainstream press is guilty of malpractice for not asking the right questions and getting to the bottom of the story. They are also guilty in throwing the election to Obama and for running interference for the most criminal administration in modern U.S. history.

Corporal Tunnel on May 12, 2013 at 8:24 PM

Ya think we had something floating off the coast?

They lie. Fast movers in minutes.

wolly4321 on May 12, 2013 at 8:25 PM

FRIDAY!

annoyinglittletwerp on May 12, 2013 at 8:25 PM

When will senate democrats start holding their own hearings on why House Republicans are wasting everyone’s time and taxpayer funds on show trials no one except the tea-billies care about?

HotAirLib on May 12, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Unlike the moron that you are they know the Senate can’t investigate the House and vice-a-versa.

RickB on May 12, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Why is HAL defending Killary so vehemently? I thought he hated privileged white people.

BeachBum on May 12, 2013 at 8:28 PM

When will senate democrats start holding their own hearings on why House Republicans are wasting everyone’s time and taxpayer funds on show trials no one except the tea-billies care about?

HotAirLib on May 12, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Unlike the moron that you are they know the Senate can’t investigate the House and vice-a-versa.

RickB on May 12, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Shh, the stupid is entertaining.

NotCoach on May 12, 2013 at 8:28 PM

Others asked to be interviewed and were not. Until they see how my client, Gregory Hicks, former chargé and deputy chief of mission (DCM) in Libya, and Mr. Thompson fare after their testimony, they will not step forward.

Some of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution lost their lives, and fortunes for doing so. We have come a long way baby from the days of real Americans. Way to step up for the country and your friends who died that day, guys.

Kissmygrits on May 12, 2013 at 8:28 PM

David Patreus threw his honor and reputation in the trash for these thugs.

d1carter on May 12, 2013 at 8:20 PM

Yeah, pretty much.

Happy Nomad on May 12, 2013 at 8:29 PM

When will senate democrats start holding their own hearings on why House Republicans are wasting everyone’s time and taxpayer funds on show trials no one except the tea-billies care about?

HotAirLib on May 12, 2013 at 8:21 PM

I’d love to see this. Exactly this. Televised committee hearings on “why House Republicans are wasting everyone’s time and taxpayer funds on show trials no one except the tea-billies care about.”

And the witnesses, and the testimony, and the calendar, the bullet-point list of which show-trials the committee is considering.

Excellent idea.

Axe on May 12, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Show trials, HAL?

Yes, let the libs hold some,, please.

I welcome them.

Every. Last. One.

wolly4321 on May 12, 2013 at 8:31 PM

But now there is something to it.

No, there’s always been something to it. It’s just that the media has been so willing to turn a blind eye in order to help Obama get re-elected.

Midas on May 12, 2013 at 8:31 PM

AFTER Election Day.

THAT is the key right there.

Now we’re stuck with him, and the politicians in DC knew this was this bad…..and didn’t go after Obama on it.

#gopfail

PappyD61 on May 12, 2013 at 8:31 PM

IRS & Benghazi: Not about Right v Left, but Right v Wrong

Resist We Much on May 12, 2013 at 8:31 PM

Get Petraeus, Ham and Gaouette up in front of Congress.

ted c on May 12, 2013 at 8:22 PM

And under oath after explaining perjury to them in detail.

VorDaj on May 12, 2013 at 8:32 PM

HotAirLib on May 12, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Rot in hell, you piece of shit.

Midas on May 12, 2013 at 8:32 PM

When will senate democrats start holding their own hearings on why House Republicans are wasting everyone’s time and taxpayer funds on show trials no one except the tea-billies care about?

HotAirLib on May 12, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Because they would be on the wrong side of the issue, it would look completely political and it would hurt them come election time in 2014, you twit.

This Benghazi thing is political kryptonite.

Corporal Tunnel on May 12, 2013 at 8:32 PM

IRS & Benghazi: Not about Right v Left, but Right v Wrong

Resist We Much on May 12, 2013 at 8:31 PM

She repeats. For the hard of hearing. :)

As many times as necessary.

Because that’s how she rolls.

Axe on May 12, 2013 at 8:33 PM

HotAirLib on May 12, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Oh look, a lib who’s suddenly worried about wasting money. Consider this stimulus for career government workers who voted for The Won and got shafted because getting reelected was more important than lies and lives. Video maker still didn’t have anything to do with Benghazi but is still in jail.

Cindy Munford on May 12, 2013 at 8:33 PM

The State report has to be one of the most incompetent, corrupt exercise in governmental oversight history.

pat on May 12, 2013 at 8:34 PM

Call Shrillary as a hostile witness…. to herself.

viking01 on May 12, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Why is HAL defending Killary so vehemently? I thought he hated privileged white people.

BeachBum on May 12, 2013 at 8:28 PM

Because he wants to vote for her in 2016, campaign slogan, “Ineptitude, the Saga Continues”.

Cindy Munford on May 12, 2013 at 8:36 PM

I guess the whole purpose of the Benghazi deception was to paper things over until after the election. So, in that regard, Obama succeeded.

I hope Obama and others rot in hell, and I hope the GOP does every thing to obstruct him for the rest of his second, citing his lousy economy, his lousy policies in other respects, and his illegitimacy. We’re stuck with Obama–without an impeachment–but it’s time to remind voters in 2014 to purge Dems werever possible from House and Senate seats. The, it’s on to 2016, as Obama crawls to the end of his second term.

BuckeyeSam on May 12, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Hillary isn’t white priviledge. She’s from Arkansas. ;)

wolly4321 on May 12, 2013 at 8:37 PM

HotAirLib on May 12, 2013 at 8:21 PM

So you don’t give a damn that 4 Americans were murdered because of the Obama administration’s apathy/inaction, and out-right deception?
Got it.
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annoyinglittletwerp on May 12, 2013 at 8:37 PM

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annoyinglittletwerp on May 12, 2013 at 8:37 PM

Axe on May 12, 2013 at 8:38 PM

This Benghazi thing is political kryptonite.

Corporal Tunnel on May 12, 2013 at 8:32 PM

Lolololololol.

HotAirLib on May 12, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Because that’s how she rolls.

Axe on May 12, 2013 at 8:33 PM

:p

Resist We Much on May 12, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Benghazi Coverup Uncovered

Besides the reasons for the administration’s obfuscations and lies, it is now necessary to determine whether we did what we could have to rescue our beleaguered men on the ground. The committee heard that there were two orders to “Stand down” from assisting them. Lt. General McInerney speaking on Lou Dobbs said, “There is only one person who can say stand down and that’s the president”. What took place between 5 p.m. on Sept 11 when Panetta met with Obama and 6:50 p.m. the following day when Obama left to fundraise in Las Vegas? Perhaps only they can clarify that. Panetta is subject to subpoena. Will the president be asked to testify? Will he refuse?

And why did the administration attempt this ridiculous charade? Because they feared its impact on the election? Because there was something going on in Libya they do not want us to know? Is it a Middle Eastern version of Fast & Furious with our giving weaponry to our enemies?

In the meantime, we can be sure that others will join the people who leaked to Hayes and Karl. James Rosen thinks so, too:

Fox’s @JamesRosenFNC reports that “several more” #Benghazi whistleblowers are considering coming forward,” including CIA officials.

Such a faithless administration with its already demonstrated willingness to cast blame on others and to sacrifice those lower down the totem pole does not inspire loyalty.

VorDaj on May 12, 2013 at 8:40 PM

When will senate democrats start holding their own hearings on why House Republicans are wasting everyone’s time and taxpayer funds on show trials no one except the tea-billies care about?

HotAirLib on May 12, 2013 at 8:21 PM

From the last thread addressed to you. I wanted to be sure you see it, just so there’s no ‘misunderstanding’:

crrr6 on May 12, 2013 at 5:19 PM

No need to. Why waste his time satisfying some tea party frauds whose opinions are irrelevant to him anyway?

HotAirLib on May 12, 2013 at 5:26 PM

You are absolutely disgusting.

How about he “waste his time” satisfying the questions of Mrs. Smith–you know the MOTHER of Sean Smith, the intelligence officer he didn’t have the balls to save that night?

Are HER “opinions irrelevant” too?

Yea but your side has the blood of thousands of American soldiers on their hands.

And your side has the blood of hundreds of thousands of American babies on their hands.

No wonder you need to import ‘citizens.’

You are absolutely disgusting.

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A very happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms, Grand-Moms and Great Grand-Moms here at Hot Air ! :)

jersey taxpayer on May 12, 2013 at 8:25 PM

jersey taxpayer on May 12, 2013 at 8:40 PM

So you don’t give a damn that 4 Americans were murdered because of the Obama administration’s apathy/inaction, and out-right deception?
Got it.
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annoyinglittletwerp on May 12, 2013 at 8:37 PM

Yes! I don’t give a d@mn about kangaroo trials targeted to appease tea-billies.

HotAirLib on May 12, 2013 at 8:41 PM

So you don’t give a damn that 4 Americans were murdered because of the Obama administration’s apathy/inaction, and out-right deception?
Got it.
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annoyinglittletwerp on May 12, 2013 at 8:37 PM

No, he doesn’t. All that matters is insulting Conservatives, telling lies in hope others will join him, and turning a blind eye to everything except his own ‘side’. Only winning, just in his own head, is what matters. The truth does not, in the least.

And that’s the stink for him: A lot of truth about Benghazi still waits to come out, and the Administration might not win. That doesn’t sit well with him at all.

Liam on May 12, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Lolololololol.

HotAirLib on May 12, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Your unhinged cackling is quite fitting.

NotCoach on May 12, 2013 at 8:42 PM

So you don’t give a damn that 4 Americans were murdered because of the Obama administration’s apathy/inaction, and out-right deception?
Got it.
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annoyinglittletwerp on May 12, 2013 at 8:37 PM

Are you kidding? Of course he doesn’t. Further, the only thing he is pissed off about is that the IRS hasn’t audited, prosecuted, and jailed every non-Obama supporter.

Resist We Much on May 12, 2013 at 8:42 PM

HotAirLib on May 12, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Yeah, I bet twelve rewrites happens all the time in the Obama administration. Habitually incompetent.

Cindy Munford on May 12, 2013 at 8:43 PM

HotAirLib on May 12, 2013 at 8:21 PM

So you don’t give a damn that 4 Americans were murdered because of the Obama administration’s apathy/inaction, and out-right deception?
Got it.
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annoyinglittletwerp on May 12, 2013 at 8:37 PM

It could care less because the end justifies the means. Whatever it takes to implement Socialism is the goal. Lying, Deception, Cover-ups, Dead Ambassadors, Murder or whatever is perfectly ok as long as the Trotskyists in this nation like HAL are furthering their goal of complete state control over industry and individuals.

Corporal Tunnel on May 12, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Yes! I don’t give a d@mn about kangaroo trials targeted to appease tea-billies.

HotAirLib on May 12, 2013 at 8:41 PM

4 American’s were murdered. The Obama administration could’ve prevented their deaths, chose not to, and then spread bullsh*t afterwards to cover their malignant a**es!

annoyinglittletwerp on May 12, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Still making the partisan scumbag blatant liar relevant?

That one has gone way beyond what is tolerated from others, but since he gets y’all riled up, he gets to stay…lemmings.

Hot Gas Higher ups will not take action until the mere presence of that scumbag kills a thread.

cozmo on May 12, 2013 at 8:43 PM

HotAirLib on May 12, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Oh, Darlin, the Teabillies have a whole different fight coming The Won’s way. Even the press doesn’t like government agencies used against the loyal opposition.

Cindy Munford on May 12, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Resist We Much on May 12, 2013 at 8:42 PM

We were admitted TWICE a few years back. TWICE.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 12, 2013 at 8:45 PM

When will senate democrats start holding their own hearings on why House Republicans are wasting everyone’s time and taxpayer funds on show trials no one except the tea-billies care about?

HotAirLib on May 12, 2013 at 8:21 PM

I have a better idea.

Why doesn’t the House start holding hearings on how Obama Party Senators like Harry Reid somehow magically got access to peoples’ tax returns?

It should be fun to put the liar Reid under oath and force him to admit that he lied for Barack Obama. Immediately thereafter, Romney sues for slander.

northdallasthirty on May 12, 2013 at 8:45 PM

Lolololololol.

HotAirLib on May 12, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Kucinich nailed it earlier. Last time I checked, he was one of your own. This thing has legs. What Democrat in their right mind in the Senate would want to be associated with it come 2014?

Corporal Tunnel on May 12, 2013 at 8:46 PM

I’ve been stuck with a bum ankle all day. I’m going kind of stir crazy.

I’m kind of wondering what new scandal will break this week. Let’s keep the bad luck streak going for Barry.

gophergirl on May 12, 2013 at 8:46 PM

HAL is concerned about the misuse of taxpayer dollars?

How about the unconstitutional, illegal, unethical, immoral, and un-American use of tax dollars by Obama’s Internal Revenue Service to persecute and harass groups that criticise the Federal government, teach the Constitution and Bill of Rights, support Israel, etc?

Hal: ‘Yawn.’

Hal luvs him sum McCarthyite and Nixonian tactics.

Resist We Much on May 12, 2013 at 8:47 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on May 12, 2013 at 8:45 PM

audited.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 12, 2013 at 8:47 PM

It should be fun to put the liar Reid under oath and force him to admit that he lied for Barack Obama. Immediately thereafter, Romney sues for slander.

northdallasthirty on May 12, 2013 at 8:45 PM

Another funny. :):):)

HotAirLib on May 12, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Lolololololol.

HotAirLib on May 12, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Your unhinged cackling is quite fitting.

NotCoach on May 12, 2013 at 8:42 PM

He’s doing his Hillary Clinton imitation, silly. Cackles on cankles.

Resist We Much on May 12, 2013 at 8:48 PM

admitted

annoyinglittletwerp on May 12, 2013 at 8:45 PM

audited

annoyinglittletwerp on May 12, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Er

You sure?

Axe on May 12, 2013 at 8:49 PM

Right or wrong? What does that have to do with anything?

Your timeline is splendid. I’m still studying it

I learned more from you than any other source. I can’t thank you enough. I learn things from you I would never know otherwise.

I appreciate you bigtime.

wolly4321 on May 12, 2013 at 8:49 PM

HotAirLib on May 12, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Well, look who pokes it’s disgusting head up after spending the better part of last week hunkered down to avoid dealing with the Benghazi cover-up or IRS scandal.

OFA figure out the talking points?

Happy Nomad on May 12, 2013 at 8:49 PM

Hal: ‘Yawn.’

Hal luvs him sum McCarthyite and Nixonian tactics.

Resist We Much on May 12, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Our Liverpool Street independent libertarian speaketh..

HotAirLib on May 12, 2013 at 8:49 PM

cozmo on May 12, 2013 at 8:43 PM

He does serve a useful purpose, though. It’s all very well to say that evil exists, but this peasant demonstrates It!

OldEnglish on May 12, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Yes! I don’t give a d@mn about kangaroo trials targeted to appease tea-billies.

HotAirLib on May 12, 2013 at 8:41 PM

And there’s even more evidence that the screaming Obama and his Obama Party deliberately used the IRS to attack and target political opponents.

No wonder you’re coming unhinged. You know that’s grounds for impeachment, and furthermore, since both Pelosi and Reid are complicit in it, that this can destroy the Obama Party. All that needs to get out is that Obama Party leaders and Barack Obama authorized using the government to attack political opponents while shielding their own supporters like Charles Rangel and Tim Geithner from having to pay.

Meltdown is imminent. Full control of Congress in 2014, and full control of all three branches of government in 2016. Medicare and Social Security reform, massive slashes in taxes and government spending, and welfare cheats like yourself having to work or starve.

The end of the world is coming, isn’t it, HAL?

northdallasthirty on May 12, 2013 at 8:51 PM

He does serve a useful purpose, though. It’s all very well to say that evil exists, but this peasant demonstrates It!

OldEnglish on May 12, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Yep – he serves as a daily reminder what we are fighting against.

gophergirl on May 12, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Lolololololol.

HotLips on May 12, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Your unhinged cackling is quite fitting.

NotCoach on May 12, 2013 at 8:42 PM

…in all the years…has there ever been a lamer sh!t… as a troll?…I’m not asking about ‘dumb’…but… lame ?

KOOLAID2 on May 12, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Axe on May 12, 2013 at 8:49 PM

*glares*

annoyinglittletwerp on May 12, 2013 at 8:52 PM

I’m kind of wondering what new scandal will break this week. Let’s keep the bad luck streak going for Barry.

gophergirl on May 12, 2013 at 8:46 PM

And I want growth on the IRS scandal. Let’s face it. That Ben guy will never resonate with the idiots we currently calling low information voters. But the idea that the government is targeting certain groups might.

Happy Nomad on May 12, 2013 at 8:53 PM

wolly4321 on May 12, 2013 at 8:49 PM

Thanks! I will be adding to it as new FACTS are released.

Resist We Much on May 12, 2013 at 8:53 PM

I’ve always liked girls that limp.

Hope you heal GG. ;)

wolly4321 on May 12, 2013 at 8:53 PM

No, he doesn’t. All that matters is insulting Conservatives, telling lies in hope others will join him, and turning a blind eye to everything except his own ‘side’. Only winning, just in his own head, is what matters. The truth does not, in the least.

And that’s the stink for him: A lot of truth about Benghazi still waits to come out, and the Administration might not win. That doesn’t sit well with him at all.

Liam on May 12, 2013 at 8:42 PM

The folks here at Hot Air have taught me well.

HotAirLib on May 12, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Another funny. :):):)

HotAirLib on May 12, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Yes, it is.

Nothing like watching Harry Reid scream and squeal and cry to either admit that he deliberately lied about Romney with malicious intent, or that he illegally accessed IRS documents.

When you tell willful and malicious lies about someone with the clear intent to harm them, there is no “public figure” exemption to slander.

Sarah Palin has already proven that. Repeatedly.

northdallasthirty on May 12, 2013 at 8:54 PM

I have read somewhere that at least one of the potential whistleblowers is a CIA official. Can anyone confirm this? I can’t seem to find it now.

d1carter on May 12, 2013 at 8:54 PM

And I want growth on the IRS scandal. Let’s face it. That Ben guy will never resonate with the idiots we currently calling low information voters. But the idea that the government is targeting certain groups might.

Happy Nomad on May 12, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Even the lowest of low information voters hate the IRS. This scandal gets down to even their level.

gophergirl on May 12, 2013 at 8:54 PM

FRIDAY!

annoyinglittletwerp on May 12, 2013 at 8:25 PM

YAY!! Happy Mothers Day, Twerp!

katy the mean old lady on May 12, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Our Liverpool Street independent libertarian speaketh..

HotAirLib on May 12, 2013 at 8:49 PM

Oh, lookie, the wannabe Dora the Explorer of Hot Air pontificates and proves that he can’t keep his cities in the UK that start with the letter ‘L’ straight.

Resist We Much on May 12, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Another funny. :):):)

HotLips on May 12, 2013 at 8:47 PM

…see what electroshock treatments do! ^ ^ ^

KOOLAID2 on May 12, 2013 at 8:55 PM

All due respect RWM but McCarthy was right

Rio Linda Refugee on May 12, 2013 at 8:55 PM

He does serve a useful purpose, though. It’s all very well to say that evil exists, but this peasant demonstrates It!

OldEnglish on May 12, 2013 at 8:50 PM
Yep – he serves as a daily reminder what we are fighting against.

gophergirl on May 12, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Yep!
About all he is good for. There are many HAL’s across our great land..watch the enemy-it is real. Hard to believe but it is.
I scroll past most the time…his handle is enough.

bazil9 on May 12, 2013 at 8:55 PM

HA Lib is absolutely disgusting to me as evidenced by my earlier post, to which it has no response–unsurprising.

In any event, I’m off to spend a bit more rare time with my son. Have a boat load of fun everyone, and a special g’night to all the Moms out there :)

jersey taxpayer on May 12, 2013 at 8:55 PM

northdallasthirty on May 12, 2013 at 8:51 PM

I can’t wait for the impeachment “hearings” because this Benghazi one is old and tired.

HotAirLib on May 12, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Some of the people involved may not have even known they were lying, per se. They might have merely reasoned themselves into believing the video was the cause.

Uhh, no. Just, no. The people involved knew exactly which information they wanted scrubbed. And then scrubbed again and again and again. They didn’t realize they had scrubbed it so hard that it was full of holes?
Not even remotely possible.

lynncgb on May 12, 2013 at 8:56 PM

*glares*

annoyinglittletwerp on May 12, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Be nice to Axe. He’s been working hard to rewrite Pastor Martin Niemöller’s poem…

‘First, they came for the verbs,
and I said nothing
because verbing weirds language.

Then, they arrival for the nouns,
and I speech nothing
because I no verbs.’

Resist We Much on May 12, 2013 at 8:58 PM

*glares*

annoyinglittletwerp on May 12, 2013 at 8:52 PM

It’s just that “admitted” made perfect sense.

*sip*

(also, thwack)

Axe on May 12, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Rio Linda Refugee on May 12, 2013 at 8:55 PM

I was talking about tactics and using the phrase McCarthyite as proggies like Hal do. I am aware the the Venona Papers, the Soviet Archives, and the Stasi files have proven McCarthy correct.

Resist We Much on May 12, 2013 at 9:00 PM

I can’t wait for the impeachment “hearings” because this Benghazi one is old and tired.

HotAirLib on May 12, 2013 at 8:56 PM

No worries. You and your fellow insane Obama supporters will have rioted and been shot trying to break into a government building by then.

northdallasthirty on May 12, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Is that the same IRS that’s taking over healthcare?

That could be a problem. What list am I on? Republican? CCW?

Death by database. Google extermination.

wolly4321 on May 12, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Yep!
About all he is good for. There are many HAL’s across our great land..watch the enemy-it is real. Hard to believe but it is.
I scroll past most the time…his handle is enough.

bazil9 on May 12, 2013 at 8:55 PM

The enemy is strong. I live in liberal land and the destruction they’ve done in this state in a year is going to take years to repair if it’s ever repaired at all.

gophergirl on May 12, 2013 at 9:01 PM

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