Collins: Why hasn’t Obama spoken up about the IRS scandal?

posted at 8:01 am on May 13, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Susan Collins appeared on CNN’s State of the Union yesterday to address the exploding scandal at the IRS, as many of the other Sunday talk shows focused more on the exploding scandal of Benghazi.  Candy Crowley asked Collins, “Is this passing the smell test to you?”  Collins scoffed at the explanation given — that this took place only among low-level staffers — and wondered aloud why Barack Obama and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew haven’t apologized for the agency’s targeting of political opponents for more than a year up to the 2012 election.

Come on … you have to ask?

NRO’s Eliana Johnson transcribes Collins’ response, in part:

Maine senator Susan Collins is demanding that Presient Obama publicly apologize for the IRS’s targeting out of conservative groups, calling his failure to do so up to this point “very disappointing.”

“It is absolutely chilling that the IRS was singling out conservative groups for extra review and I think that it’s very disappointing that the president hasn’t personally condemned this and spoken out,” she told CNN’s Candy Crowley. “The president needs to make crystal clear that this is totally unacceptable in America.” …

“I just don’t buy that this was a couple of rogue IRS employees. After all, groups with ‘prorgressive’ in their names were not targeted, there’s some evidence that higher-level supervisers were aware of this, and the IRS was not forthcoming in telling Congress about this,” she said.

It wasn’t just some low-level staffers; the IRS’ chief counsel knew of the practice by August 2011.  The top man in the IRS at the time, Commissioner Douglas Shulman testified to Congress in March 2012 that no such practices were taking place, but it’s almost impossible to imagine that an IRS chief counsel wouldn’t have alerted Shulman before testifying on that very point.  If Shulman lied, does anyone – anyone — think Shulman would have done that on his own?

Before you answer that, let’s take a quick trip down Memory Lane, via the Daily Caller:

Just months after being slimed by President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, Mitt Romney supporter and businessman Frank VanderSloot was informed that he was going to be audited not only by the Internal Revenue Service, but by the Labor Department as well.

VanderSloot’s saga was told by columnist Kimberley Strassel in the Wall Street Journal last July.

In April 2012, VanderSloot, who served as the national co-chair of Mitt Romney’s presidential finance committee, was one of eight Romney backers to be defamed as ”wealthy individuals with less-than-reputable records” in a post on the Obama campaign’s website. The post, entitled “Behind the curtain: a brief history of Romney’s donors,” singled out VanderSloot for being a ”litigious, combative and a bitter foe of the gay rights movement.”

Two months later, the IRS informed VanderSloot he and his wife were going to be audited, Strassel reported. Two weeks after that, VanderSloot was notified by the Labor Department that it was going to “audit workers he employs on his Idaho-based cattle ranch under the federal visa program for temporary agriculture workers,” reported Strassel.

Does anyone believe that the orders for that audit came from “low-level staffers”?

Why hasn’t Obama apologized?  Because no one would believe it, that’s why.


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What about Mitt Romney’s gaffes?

myiq2xu on May 13, 2013 at 8:03 AM

Candy Crowley asked Collins, “Is this passing the smell test to you?” Collins scoffed at the explanation given — that this took place only among low-level staffers — and wondered aloud why Barack Obama and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew haven’t apologized for the agency’s targeting of political opponents for more than a year up to the 2012 election.

Collins should have asked the worthless fat Obama-loving whore…

Does it [pass the smelol test to you? I mean you’re supposedly a journalist when you aren’t lying your ass off to protect the rat-eared coward from what he said the day after he killed four Americans in the name of his re-election campaign. Why don’t you put down that bucket of fried chicken and do some investigative reporting.

Happy Nomad on May 13, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Collins: Why hasn’t Obama spoken up about the IRS scandal?

Above his pay grade?

Gatsu on May 13, 2013 at 8:06 AM

I guess that’s one way of doing it..

Have so many scandals that no one can keep up..

Electrongod on May 13, 2013 at 8:07 AM

Does anyone believe that the orders for that audit came from “low-level staffers”?

Why hasn’t Obama apologized? Because no one would believe it, that’s why.

Low-level staffers in Tea Party-gate are akin to “Low-level field agents” in Fast & Furious.

ted c on May 13, 2013 at 8:07 AM

Two months later, the IRS informed VanderSloot he and his wife were going to be audited, Strassel reported. Two weeks after that, VanderSloot was notified by the Labor Department that it was going to “audit workers he employs on his Idaho-based cattle ranch under the federal visa program for temporary agriculture workers,” reported Strassel.

You want more government, lefties, well THIS is more government. If you think it’s no big deal then you had better pray to your dark gods that “more government” doesn’t decide to turn on you one fine day.

Bishop on May 13, 2013 at 8:08 AM

Maybe Congress ought to be looking at the persecution of Gibson Guitars too.

Curmudgeon on May 13, 2013 at 8:10 AM

Let it be known that this administration is so freaking paranoid about its political “enemies” that it will stop at nothing, not even changing the talking points of an actual terrorist attack, to act upon any information that could potentially be used against it.

They are truthfully more afraid of us than they are of actual terrorists. Thus, when they say they consider “us” akin to terrorists, they actually mean that we evoke fear and paranoia within them.

What a bunch of pansies…… this is the proof.

ted c on May 13, 2013 at 8:10 AM

because he knew about it and probably ordered it. beyond that, limabuagh will be talking about this proving his theorum (correctly, again) about BHO not being seen as leading. if he acknowledges that IRS works for HIM, then its his problem, and he’d have the lead (from the front) to clean it up.

t8stlikchkn on May 13, 2013 at 8:10 AM

Candy Crowley asked Collins, “Is this passing the smell test to you?”

The only thing fat-Candy smells is the all-you-can-eat buffet.

RandallinHerndon on May 13, 2013 at 8:10 AM

Why hasn’t Obama apologized?

He could re-do his apology tour of a few years ago, going to various states rather than nations.

Picture Mr Obama bowing before Governors Haley, Brewer, & Perry.

:)

itsnotaboutme on May 13, 2013 at 8:11 AM

And an apology? F.U. A full investigation followed by Dog Eater’s resignation which itself would be followed by kicking him and his grifting wife straight onto the pavement, throwing their things after them and slamming the door.

Bishop on May 13, 2013 at 8:11 AM

Being a petty tyrant means never having to say you’re sorry.

VibrioCocci on May 13, 2013 at 8:11 AM

I’m going to get a job in government that puts me in Chicago so that I can find myself one day with my jackboot on Bill Ayers neck.

Options!

ted c on May 13, 2013 at 8:11 AM

The one question that needs to be asked:

When did Harry Reid and the President’s re-election team get their copies of Mitt’s tax returns and who gave it to them?

zdpl0a on May 13, 2013 at 8:12 AM

Hey Sue,

Just a reminder, they were going to impeach Nixon for that. Frell the apology.

Apologize? really?

dogsoldier on May 13, 2013 at 8:13 AM

Now if the IRS Friday night dump is a deliberate deflection attempt from Benghazi, by Obama, isn’t Collins just helping by coming out of the shadows and attaching her label to this?
So many questions, such confusion, where or where, dear Lord, is truth?

Don L on May 13, 2013 at 8:13 AM

I guess that’s one way of doing it..

Have so many scandals that no one can keep up..

Electrongod on May 13, 2013 at 8:07 AM

That seemed to work well enough for Bill Clinton.

Aitch748 on May 13, 2013 at 8:14 AM

Do I smell a (class action) lawsuit in the works?

JoeHanson on May 13, 2013 at 8:15 AM

Does it [pass the smelol test to you? I mean you’re supposedly a journalist when you aren’t lying your ass off to protect the rat-eared coward from what he said the day after he killed four Americans in the name of his re-election campaign. Why don’t you put down that bucket of fried chicken and do some investigative reporting.

Happy Nomad on May 13, 2013 at 8:05 AM

That’s not at all fair. How do you know that bucket of chicken wasn’t baked?

Don L on May 13, 2013 at 8:16 AM

Low-level staffers in Tea Party-gate are akin to “Low-level field agents” in Fast & Furious.

ted c on May 13, 2013 at 8:07 AM

There is no such thing as a rogue GS-8. Those people were told to target specific groups.

Happy Nomad on May 13, 2013 at 8:16 AM

2 random acts of journalism in 1 day! This was her other–You have mounting evidence of a White House and a State Dept at the very highest levels engaging in lies, stonewalling, intimidation and bullying. If you reverse this and say if this were President Romney, this media would be all over the story every single day.

hillsoftx on May 13, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Why hasn’t Obama apologized? Because no one would believe it, that’s why.

The nature of his teflon coating. Give it time. Gotta cover all bases as to waiting for his press corpse (msm) to find an appropriate diversion, if more is needed wait for his staff (including the press corpse) to select his sacrificial bus diver/s, and then reassure the world how he saved them just in time from another crisis.
When all else fails, and with so much at the king’s disposal all seldom fails but-then it will take time to use up his whole chicagoway arsenal, he’ll prostrate himself before the lowly and undeserving for their sake in fashion grande.
I miss anything?

onomo on May 13, 2013 at 8:17 AM

The one question that needs to be asked:

When did Harry Reid and the President’s re-election team get their copies of Mitt’s tax returns and who gave it to them?

zdpl0a on May 13, 2013 at 8:12 AM

Obama calls for Romney’s tax returns: When it comes to releasing taxes, that was a precedent that was set decades ago…..as i did, John McCain did….I don’t think it was in anyways out of bounds.

ted c on May 13, 2013 at 8:18 AM

That’s not at all fair. How do you know that bucket of chicken wasn’t baked?

Don L on May 13, 2013 at 8:16 AM

Oh come on! It’s clear the woman doesn’t even drink diet soda! ;0

Happy Nomad on May 13, 2013 at 8:18 AM

Does anyone believe that the orders for that audit came from “low-level staffers”?

I live in the Cincinnati area, and there is a lot of tea party activity in the SW Ohio and nothern KY area. I think this originates from levels above low-level employees, but I could certainly see that low-level employees, consisting largely of local blacks who resent the h*ll out of anyone critical of Obama, would be happy to participate in such a persecution.

BuckeyeSam on May 13, 2013 at 8:18 AM

Why hasn’t Obama apologized?

Because he wants to see if his MSM will protect him as usual and make the story go away.

If he apologizes, they’ll have to cover it. And explain what he’s apologizing for. He thinks he can just wait it out and in a couple weeks, everyone will be more concerned with backyard barbecues.

Chris of Rights on May 13, 2013 at 8:19 AM

The IRS messed with the wrong guy–it was Mark Levin’s legal group that exposed the corruption and nailed ‘em.

hillsoftx on May 13, 2013 at 8:19 AM

I’m going to get a job in government that puts me in Chicago so that I can find myself one day with my jackboot on Bill Ayers neck.

Options!

ted c on May 13, 2013 at 8:11 AM

“Cancel all my appointments, I’ll be standing here for quite a while.”

Bishop on May 13, 2013 at 8:19 AM

I would say this is Anti-American to the core, but that America was discarded, November 6, 2013.

Welcome to an America where the majority have indeed adopted Chicago’s values.

MNHawk on May 13, 2013 at 8:20 AM

The IRS messed with the wrong guy–it was Mark Levin’s legal group that exposed the corruption and nailed ‘em.

hillsoftx on May 13, 2013 at 8:19 AM

Yes, Landmark Legal Foundation has scored a direct hit broadside near the waterline with this one.

ted c on May 13, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Government is being used as a force for malevolence and vengeance.

Where in the oath or the Constitution does it authorize that???

ted c on May 13, 2013 at 8:22 AM

Has John McCain gone on TV to give Obama the “benefit of the doubt” yet?

MPan on May 13, 2013 at 8:22 AM

Collins would be the first in line to say “OK, apology accepted. Nothing more needs to be done”.

bofh on May 13, 2013 at 8:23 AM

OT: MJ is interviewing Pickering. He’s standing pat with not interviewing Hillary. He just said that last weekend’s testimony only reinforces his position. He claims that she has taken responsibility.

He’s not budging; it’s unbelievable.

BuckeyeSam on May 13, 2013 at 8:23 AM

Fun….. Seems that Obama was targeting Jews as well.

In addition, the IRS agent told a Z STREET representative that the applications of some of those Israel-related organizations have been assigned to “a special unit in the D.C. office to determine whether the organization’s activities contradict the Administration’s public policies.” . . .

So the mere act of holding positions contrary to that of the rat-eared coward is enough to be harassed by the IRS.

Happy Nomad on May 13, 2013 at 8:23 AM

I would say this is Anti-American to the core, but that America was discarded, November 6, 2013.

Welcome to an America where the majority have indeed adopted Chicago’s values.

MNHawk on May 13, 2013 at 8:20 AM

Come on now, it’s not as if we here in MN have just been handed a gigantic budget spending spree to be paid for with new taxe…er…wait a minute, let me work on this for a bit.

Bishop on May 13, 2013 at 8:23 AM

Candy Crowley asked Collins,

“Is this passing the smell test to you?”

Collins scoffed

Gee, I don’t know Candy, are you going to correct me
if I don’t?

ToddPA on May 13, 2013 at 8:23 AM

“Cancel all my appointments, I’ll be standing here for quite a while.”

Bishop on May 13, 2013 at 8:19 AM

I might even ask for his autograph…/

ted c on May 13, 2013 at 8:24 AM

“Is this passing the smell test to you?”

Are you sure you want me to answer that, Candy?? BTW, put your knees together, honey.

ted c on May 13, 2013 at 8:24 AM

Candy Crowley asked Collins, “Is this passing the smell test to you?”

The fact that Candy Crowley is still covering national politics after that ridiculous display with the transcript Axelrod (or somebody from the Campaign) tipped her to her doesn’t pass the smell test.

And to get on topic, Obama isn’t mentioning it because he ordered the IRS thuggery personally. In the spirit of Harry Reid, I take Obama’s silence as an admission of his guilt. I’m awaiting Obama’s positive proof that he didn’t order this, which would leave him only indirectly guilty as it’s under his purview even in the unlikely event that some rouge elements did it.

forest on May 13, 2013 at 8:25 AM

So the mere act of holding positions contrary to that of the rat-eared coward is enough to be harassed by the IRS.

Happy Nomad on May 13, 2013 at 8:23 AM

This is Hope and Change, you ignant bigot homophobe, such things need to happen to make the air cleaner and the seas lower.

Why do you misogynists hate sea creatures and birds?

Bishop on May 13, 2013 at 8:25 AM

He hasn’t spoken up about it because he is as guilty as sin. This stinks of his type of coercive type of politics.

kemojr on May 13, 2013 at 8:25 AM

He’s not budging; it’s unbelievable.

BuckeyeSam on May 13, 2013 at 8:23 AM

Why do you say it is unbelievable? You really think a professional diplomat that carefully avoided any real scrutiny of the State Department is going to say “Yeah Mike and I really screwed up with that report. The American people deserved better.”

Pickering and Mullen did exactly what they were told to do. Find “problems” without placing blame on anybody in a level of authority. Do not get Hillary Clinton on the record about what she knew and when she knew it. Do not be overly aggressive in interviewing those involved on the ground. Do not create problems for the rat-eared coward.

Happy Nomad on May 13, 2013 at 8:27 AM

“The president needs to make crystal clear that this is totally unacceptable in America.” …

Does he do that before, or after, he makes it crystal clear that requests for security in a war-torn country aren’t ignored and people aren’t left to die when under attack, nor are you to lie about what happened to them and why, nor are you to lie about running guns to drug lords who kill Border Agents and Mexican citizens?

Just trying to check the priorities…/

ted c on May 13, 2013 at 8:29 AM

Has anyone been fired over this at all?

Dongemaharu on May 13, 2013 at 8:29 AM

Maine senator Susan Collins is demanding that Presient Obama publicly apologize for the IRS’s targeting out of conservative groups, calling his failure to do so up to this point “very disappointing.”

The One only apologizes to the rest of the world.

Bitter Clinger on May 13, 2013 at 8:29 AM

Come on … you have to ask?

What Collins is doing is an effective persuasive technique. Asking the questions and letting people come to the desired conclusion.

thuja on May 13, 2013 at 8:30 AM

The One only apologizes to the rest of the world.

Bitter Clinger on May 13, 2013 at 8:29 AM

and that is for stuff that “America” does. That is “America” as in “pre-Obama America”. …

ted c on May 13, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Yes, Landmark Legal Foundation has scored a direct hit broadside near the waterline with this one.

ted c on May 13, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Mark Levin was on local talk radio this morning. He said that Congress needs to be more aggressive in their oversight role. I could not agree more.

Happy Nomad on May 13, 2013 at 8:32 AM

Does he do that before, or after, he makes it crystal clear that requests for security in a war-torn country aren’t ignored and people aren’t left to die when under attack, nor are you to lie about what happened to them and why, nor are you to lie about running guns to drug lords who kill Border Agents and Mexican citizens?

Just trying to check the priorities…/

I’d prefer a crystal clear letter of resignation first. He can put the rest in his memoirs.

Chris of Rights on May 13, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Has anyone been fired over this at all?

Dongemaharu on May 13, 2013 at 8:29 AM

I don’t believe so. They basically offered a meaningless “my bad” coupled with a big fat lie that they had no idea this was going on. Many heads will roll though by the time this is over.

Doughboy on May 13, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Has anyone been fired over this at all?

Dongemaharu on May 13, 2013 at 8:29 AM

You fire those “rogue GS-8s” and there is going to be problems. They didn’t do anything wrong. They were told who to target by their supervisors. Lois Lerner isn’t going to be employed by the IRS another week. Especially now that we know it wasn’t just Tea Party groups but the Jews as well.

Happy Nomad on May 13, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Mpam….yes he gave him the benefit if the doubt no impeachment

I think the lsm is worried that impeachment proceedings could occur

With this squishy gop…Puhleeze

cmsinaz on May 13, 2013 at 8:39 AM

Well Sen. RINO Collins, since you’re such an Obama butt-kisser, why don’t you answer your own question?

stukinIL4now on May 13, 2013 at 8:39 AM

I don’t believe so. They basically offered a meaningless “my bad” coupled with a big fat lie that they had no idea this was going on. Many heads will roll though by the time this is over.

Doughboy on May 13, 2013 at 8:37 AM

The week is young DB. The story has legs.

Happy Nomad on May 13, 2013 at 8:39 AM

Saw the founder of the Tea Party on F&F this morning.
She says they’ve yet to receive their official status, and have spent beaucoup buckos on lawyers trying to get it settled.

pambi on May 13, 2013 at 8:40 AM

“Is this passing the smell test to you?”

Are you sure you want me to answer that, Candy?? BTW, put your knees together, honey.

ted c on May 13, 2013 at 8:24 AM

be back in a bit…I just Vomited

ToddPA on May 13, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Only a doofus RINO Senator like Collins would need to ask why this was done. It’s called complicity, Senator Doofus, among other terms.

RoyalFlush on May 13, 2013 at 8:41 AM

Morning everyone!

ted c, Bishop, Happy Nomad, Resist We Must, ToddPA, and all the other defenders of truth that post here.

Wanted to say I think it’s going to be an interesting week, maybe the most volatile. We have a scandal that looks like it will survice the Friday weekend Reality Distortion Field. I expect HAL and all the other trolls will have visited HuffPo and are loaded with their distracting talking points, but I think they’ll have the bite of a gummybear.

I like to comment here but honestly I wanted to say everyone here usually on point faster and with better arguments than I am, so I sit back and relax.

Best of weeks, my friends! C’mon trolls, make your points, get spanked, lick your wounds and try again! We’re here waiting.

itsspideyman on May 13, 2013 at 8:42 AM

“Punish our enemies” – Obama

You would think that some reasonable Dem voters (are there any left?) would think it reprehensible that the President of the United States would openly consider 50% of the American public his “enemies.”

Could you imagine the outrage if a GOP president declared that those Americans that did not agree with his/her ideology were “enemies?”

This IRS revelation is just more Culture of Corruption. This is banana-republic/Third World type of politics. Shouldn’t be happening America.

These backwards, throwback, Neo-Luddite, anti-science, economically illiterate Leftists are doing terrible damage to our already shaky political system and country.

visions on May 13, 2013 at 8:42 AM

So, Collins has finally found something on which she does not agree with obama? Will wonders never cease?

Pork-Chop on May 13, 2013 at 8:42 AM

What is there to apologize for??? An apology comes from a contrite heart. If he gave 2 sh!ts about any of these people, he wouldn’t have done it in the first place. Look folks, if you’re under fire on the battlefield–you’re on your own. If you’re under fire from the IRS–same same, you’re on your own jack.

So, why the hell are we asking for an apology from this guy. We should be asking for his resignation. Remember that he works for us??? He thinks we work for him.

ted c on May 13, 2013 at 8:42 AM

The story has legs.

Happy Nomad on May 13, 2013 at 8:39 AM

like Candy has legs……
er/

ted c on May 13, 2013 at 8:44 AM

And I need to run my posts through a diction check. :D

itsspideyman on May 13, 2013 at 8:45 AM

The week is young DB. The story has legs.

Happy Nomad on May 13, 2013 at 8:39 AM

I know. I think this scandal is gonna blow up big time. Benghazi’s always been easy for the media to downplay since it centers around foreign policy which most Americans don’t give a rat’s ass about, plus a lot of people still don’t even know what it’s really all about(hell, I’m still trying to figure out why in God’s name Obama and Hillary denied security beforehand and military backup afterward).

But the IRS targeting Americans based on their political ideology and affiliations? Any low information moron can figure that one out. And even a majority of Dems will at least privately condemn that practice cuz they sure as hell wouldn’t want the same treatment under a Republican administration.

Doughboy on May 13, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Happy Nomad on May 13, 2013 at 8:37 AM

I was thinking the same thing. They start firing some low level peons who were just following orders, that would create another mess. If I was the peon I’d be filing lawsuits against them and sing like a bird about who gave me the orders. This will need to go further up the chain of command for sure so they can pay them off to take the fall.

BeachBum on May 13, 2013 at 8:48 AM

But the IRS targeting Americans based on their political ideology and affiliations? Any low information moron can figure that one out. And even a majority of Dems will at least privately condemn that practice cuz they sure as hell wouldn’t want the same treatment under a Republican administration.

Doughboy on May 13, 2013 at 8:45 AM

GWB couldn’t fire 18 US Attorneys, which he could legally do, without it being a scandal. And here we have the rat-eared coward deliberately targeting political opponents for harassment. Hard to see how any Dem in elective office is going to be supportive of this one. Especially in light of the IRS being the Obamacare traffic cop.

Happy Nomad on May 13, 2013 at 8:48 AM

And the IRS is managing OCare.The low levels will have a field day with the apparent freedom they have to decide who to trash.

docflash on May 13, 2013 at 8:49 AM

An IRS campaign to apply additional scrutiny to conservative groups went beyond targeting “Tea Party” and “patriot” groups to include those focused on government spending, the Constitution and several other broad areas.

ted c on May 13, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Was waiting to see who was going to start pointing out how this relates to Obamacare. Leave it to Newt.

“Why would you trust the bureaucracy with your health if you can’t trust the bureaucracy with your politics?”

“How can you put ObamaCare under an Internal Revenue Service — remember this is an administration that will not profile terrorists but profiles patriots, profiles constitutional groups.” “This is almost madness.”

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/299241-gingrich-irs-scandal-a-huge-problem-for-obamacare-#ixzz2TAyoZQoI

lynncgb on May 13, 2013 at 8:50 AM

For the record, when you’re a Democrat President, and the MSM is comparing you to Nixon, you’ve had a very bad week.

I may get my siren on Drudge soon, after all.

Chris of Rights on May 13, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Even before the 2008 election Obama showed indications that he would use whatever power he could muster to intimidate and/or target those who didn’t agree with him. Incredibly, he asked the DOJ to shut down conservative talk radio stations for saying negative things about him. In 2008, St. Louis County Circuit Attorney Bob McCulloch and St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce, both Obama promoters, threatened to bring criminal libel charges against anyone who spread what they considered “false criticisms” of Barack Obama. So the warning signs have been there for a long time and shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone when he uses federal agencies to stifle criticism.

The canard that low-level government employees were responsible for this is bogus. First, one must define what “low level” is. It would be a rare case for a GS13, 14 or even most 15s to make a decision that illegal. This type of directive would come from someone from the Senior Executive Service level or a political appointee if the agency has one. Like the State Department, the IRS should be purged of a whole lot of these ideological individuals who will do the job they’re supposed to do and stay out of the politics regardless of which party is in power.

iamsaved on May 13, 2013 at 8:53 AM

“WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE!?!?!?”

Bruce MacMahon on May 13, 2013 at 8:55 AM

obama and the “solitary executive theory”. yang to the unitary executive theory.

t8stlikchkn on May 13, 2013 at 8:57 AM

OT: MJ is interviewing Pickering. He’s standing pat with not interviewing Hillary. He just said that last weekend’s testimony only reinforces his position. He claims that she has taken responsibility.

He’s not budging; it’s unbelievable.

BuckeyeSam on May 13, 2013 at 8:23 AM

There is a caveat on taking responsibility; “I take full responsibility provided there are no consequences in doing so.” – perfected by Attorney General Janet Reno.

Dasher on May 13, 2013 at 8:58 AM

What Scandal?

Is this not the way a “Smart” Government is suppose to act?

cmptrnerd on May 13, 2013 at 9:01 AM

“Punish our enemies” – Obama

You would think that some reasonable Dem voters (are there any left?) would think it reprehensible that the President of the United States would openly consider 50% of the American public his “enemies.”

Could you imagine the outrage if a GOP president declared that those Americans that did not agree with his/her ideology were “enemies?”

This IRS revelation is just more Culture of Corruption. This is banana-republic/Third World type of politics. Shouldn’t be happening America.

These backwards, throwback, Neo-Luddite, anti-science, economically illiterate Leftists are doing terrible damage to our already shaky political system and country.

visions on May 13, 2013 at 8:42 AM

I believe there are..

which is why we’ll see both the MSM and democrat party (but I repeat myself) spend weeks just blithely shrugging it off as another hyper partisan witch hunt where a minor mistake occured nothing to see here… story.

The still American first democrats are living in the ABC CBS NBC MSNDNC echo chamber where so much doubt about wether anything was even done wrong…

they won’t see it for what it is..

Can anyone imagine a JFK voter being that shielded from Nixon?.. but they are in regards to the media coverage they see on their own party.

Americans minus a tiny fringe are pretty fair minded, which is WHY the media has to soft pedal this, or die by public opinion. They have been programed since 64 to see the GOP as the “evil” party, their’s are the “good” party, and seeing the reality as anything but that is going to take some pretty dramatic events.

Obama will never address it.. because as Rush says, if he does.. then his name is attached to it in the voters minds, why he maintains relatively high personal numbers while his administrations numbers tank.

The IRS scandal has the potential to open the flood gates to ever nasty thuggish democrat party practice of “enemies lists”.. their black listing, their harassment by gubmint, their public sliming camapigns of GOP donors..

imagine any regular news outlet..

doing hours on democrat campaign donors as villains like the Koch’s have been.. of a republican run IRS harassing democrat/liberal/proggy groups..

They’d nuke the next GOP convention..

I don’t think Benghazi will bring down Obama, not by itself.. but using government enforcement agencies to harass and destroy political opponents?

That, folks get, especially every 4/15..

and how many other vile things are under his rugs?

mark81150 on May 13, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Seems every time DEMOCRATIC government employees get caught, they’re immediately identified as ROGUE employees.

Of course this ROGUE employees never seem to be FIRED.

Curious.

As for the “higher ups” who “didn’t know”, what the hell are they still doing in management?

GarandFan on May 13, 2013 at 9:05 AM

I may get my siren on Drudge soon, after all.

Chris of Rights on May 13, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Here’s hoping. My guess is that Lois Lerner will be gone from the IRS by Wednesday.

Happy Nomad on May 13, 2013 at 9:07 AM

The POS SOB is supposedly giving a televised statement later today. I can guess what he’ll be saying…”Lone Wolves..Lone Wolves!!!” “Acted alone, I know Nothing!!”

BeachBum on May 13, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Happy Nomad on May 13, 2013 at 8:37 AM

I was thinking the same thing. They start firing some low level peons who were just following orders, that would create another mess. If I was the peon I’d be filing lawsuits against them and sing like a bird about who gave me the orders. This will need to go further up the chain of command for sure so they can pay them off to take the fall.

BeachBum on May 13, 2013 at 8:48 AM

I agree.. my thought as well…

Being under the Obama Express isn’t something low level no golden parachute into a left wing think tank employee is going to take lying down.

His career will be over, and he’ll be on his own.. War’s have been started by disgruntled underlings for less.

and Moveon.crazed,.. Huff N Puff can only trash them so much, before the words “life long democrat former IRS employee John Doe says Obama’s chief of Staff made the call”… become branded in peoples minds..

He can’t scream his usual blame the repubs when his chief accusers are arch liberals.

mark81150 on May 13, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Of course this ROGUE employees never seem to be FIRED.

GarandFan on May 13, 2013 at 9:05 AM

As I posted above, there is no such thing as a rogue GS-8. Those people did exactly as they were told to do by their supervisors. Why should they be fired? It is the higher-ups who need to be prosecuted.

Happy Nomad on May 13, 2013 at 9:09 AM

The ‘excuse’ that will be running rampant among politicians (Democrats) away from the cameras will be ‘don’t make this a ‘political thing’ – Presidents have been using the FBI to build personal folders on political enemies & using the IRS as a ‘weapon’ to intimidate & punish adversaries/enemies for years’!

Obama

…ignored the technical/legal deadline regarding ordering military action without Congressional approval, thus violating the Constitution & War Powers Act…

…ignored Bankruptcy Laws & Seperation of Powers with Stimulus Bill…

…armed Mexican Drug Cartels…

…ordered Holder not to arrest/sentence/jail Illegals for perpetrating crimes less than a Felony…

…aided Al ’9/11′ Qaeda-backed rebels take over Libya…

…aided Terrorist Group Muslim Brotherhood take over Egypt…

…perpetrated & is still engaged in a ‘Benghazi’ cover-up…

…most assuredly was involved in the IRS scandal as he & the Democratic Party are the ones who would benefit the most from inimidating & punishing Conservative groups…

Obama has continued to prove he is a narcissistic, socialist-driven, communist-tutored, racist/hate-spewing pastor-mentored Community Organizer whose 1st act as President was to go on an ‘apology tour’ & whose wife admittedly was never proud of this great nation until her husband was elected President. For a self-professed Constitutional Scholar, he has continued to assault the Constitution time and again, bypassing & violating it as well as the rule of law at will. He, IMO, is the singularly largest threat to the U.S., the Constitution, and our way of life, which he promised in 2008 to fundamentally change.

easyt65 on May 13, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Very curious statement issued by the White House…

The President believes that the American people expect and deserve to have the very best public servants with the highest levels of integrity working in government agencies on their behalf. Based on recent media reports, he is concerned that the conduct of a small number of Internal Revenue Service employees may have fallen short of that standard. We understand that the matter is currently under review by the Inspector General. If the Inspector General finds that there were any rules broken or that conduct of government officials did not meet the standards required of them, the President expects that swift and appropriate steps will be taken to address any misconduct.

Once again, he acts like he has no role in this. He should be firing people and not expect someone else to take ‘swift and appropriate steps to address misconduct.’ That’s what an executive does.

Resist We Much on May 13, 2013 at 9:18 AM

The lack of trolls defending the indefensible is telling…

How can anyone defend the practice of “sic’ing” the IRS on political enemies and not have their clown face mask slip?

The scandals seem to be coming faster and more furiously, (sorry).. seem to have greater damage potential, so my question is did some of the MSM already know these things and just push me back past the election just to get their guy in office?

or is it just karma addressing a LOOOOOONNNNG over due debt?

It’d seem holding them back has little benefit, if the result is a lame duck president completely ineffective, or possibly impeached.. GOD help us from that moron Biden..

Just keeping the seat warm till they can grease the skids of Shillary?..

Their just doesn’t seem to be an upside to getting him re-elected if he’s as relevant as Kim Kardassian.

mark81150 on May 13, 2013 at 9:19 AM

The story has legs.

Happy Nomad on May 13, 2013 at 8:39 AM

like Candy has legs……
er/

ted c on May 13, 2013 at 8:44 AM

……. attached to cankles.

RandallinHerndon on May 13, 2013 at 9:20 AM

easyt65 on May 13, 2013 at 9:10 AM

And how about what they did to contract law and bankruptcy law in the Chrysler and GM dealz?

And Obama/Holder letting the Philly NBP guys off the hook after they didn’t even bother to show up to a hearing? Dismissed the charges after they had a slam dunk conviction for the picking.

And I’d like to know what kind of extra-legal measures were taken during the passage of Obamacare and the court cases, but we’ll have to wait a little while yet for that.

Has anybody compiled a comprehensive list of all the stuff the Obama Campaign has pulled?

forest on May 13, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Candy Crowley asked Collins, “Is this passing the smell test to you?”

Well, you know Candy, some folks in the liberal media have had their collective heads so far up, Oh wait, you’re wondering if something smells? That depends on what a “smell test” means Candy. It has become difficult to tell the difference between an illegal IRS investigation and a spontaneous demonstration, err terrorist attack. But, Candy, allow me to “moderate” for a moment…….I think we should wait until we see the 427 revised talking points from the IRS before ANYONE makes a decision the President didn’t call this a terrorist attack, I mean the President didn’t order the IRS to investigate all conservative political opponents. I mean, after all Candy, liberal hacks such as yourself would be appalled if President Bush had directed the IRS to investigate and monitor all news outlets that provided liberal talking points with key words like “progressive”, “Media Matters”, “CNN”, “Forward”, “Situation Rooms”, but you kind of get my drift, Candy, yes, something certainly SMELLS. (Cue a photo of the White House with smoke coming out of a closet). But, you know Candy, at this point, “what difference does it make”?

Rovin on May 13, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Why hasn’t Obama apologized? Because no one would believe it, that’s why.

Ed Morrissey

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Ed,
How many times are you going to say or imply that no one believes or would believe what POTUS has said or would say?
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May as well get that hammer ready.
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No one would need 18 years in and working with the Intelligence Community as I have done to recognize the invalidity of that document claimed to be a birth certificate. (Yeah, I went there)
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Yet, it has been obvious that you believe that is one instance where truth prevailed and everyone should accept that as fact and STFU.
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Unbelievable

News2Use on May 13, 2013 at 9:32 AM

The lack of trolls defending the indefensible is telling…

mark81150 on May 13, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Don’t worry….they have a meeting in about 25 minutes. Once the marching orders are in…they’ll be back. They have no shame.

CW on May 13, 2013 at 9:35 AM

And Crowley, several times, made sure to emphasize that Shulman is a Bush appointee.

Beyatch….

nukemhill on May 13, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Yes, Landmark Legal Foundation has scored a direct hit broadside near the waterline with this one.

ted c on May 13, 2013 at 8:21 AM

I’ve listened to Levin for a little over a year now. At first I thought he was a bit extreme in his conviction that the IRS was as corrupt as they have been exposed to be.

I don’t think he’s extreme anymore. This government is dangerous in it’s current version. But no worries, they’ll only try to “Benghazi” this story

DevilsPrinciple on May 13, 2013 at 9:57 AM

As for the “higher ups” who “didn’t know”, what the hell are they still doing in management?

GarandFan on May 13, 2013 at 9:05 AM

The Pickering doctrine.

Why would we blame the person in charge when we could blame the flunkies, or something?

lynncgb on May 13, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Crowley and Collins together in unity. How do you spell deflection?

Don L on May 13, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Collins: Why hasn’t Obama spoken up about the IRS scandal?

Because he leaked it to distract from Benghazi, for which he could hang.

Akzed on May 13, 2013 at 10:07 AM

In the Soviet Union it was always the workers that were corrupt, never the system.

WitchDoctor on May 13, 2013 at 10:27 AM

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