Obama: I found out Friday that the IRS was targeting conservatives

posted at 2:01 pm on May 13, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via Mediaite, am I understanding this correctly? The IRS began singling out tea partiers for special nonprofit scrutiny nearly three years ago, with senior agency officials aware of the practice in 2011, and no one gave the White House a heads up in all that time — even after tea partiers began complaining, loudly and often, about harassment last year? And even though there have been numerous complaints over the past few years from conservative organizations, most notably the Koch brothers’, about suspicious leaks of confidential tax information? There’s been a lot of smoke here for a long time. If — if — the White House didn’t know there was a fire, seems like maybe that was because they were determined not to find out. Once the news broke, especially if it had broken before the presidential election (why didn’t it, anyway?), their only defense would be absolute, even deliberate, ignorance. That’s how you play things when you’re running the most accountable administration ever.

Ross Douthat wonders where the IRS might have gotten the idea that it was okay to go after tea-party groups:

I’m willing to guess this much: Even though an American Civil Liberties Union official described their excessive interest in right-wing groups as “about as constitutionally troubling as it gets,” the bureaucrats in question probably thought they were just doing their patriotic duty, and giving dangerous extremists the treatment they deserved.

Where might an enterprising, public-spirited I.R.S. agent get the idea that a Tea Party group deserved more scrutiny from the government than the typical band of activists seeking tax-exempt status? Oh, I don’t know: why, maybe from all the prominent voices who spent the first two years of the Obama era worrying that the Tea Party wasn’t just a typically messy expression of citizen activism, but something much darker — an expression of crypto-fascist, crypto-racist rage, part Timothy McVeigh and part Bull Connor, potentially carrying a wave of terrorist violence in its wings.

Remember all the concern-trolling from the left after the Tucson shooting about conservatives’ “tone”? The point of the “tone” argument was to get around the inconvenient fact that no one on the right had called for any sort of violence against Gabby Giffords; in order to lay that in conservatives’ lap, they had to argue that the right’s general tone was sufficient to start a rampage, even though there wasn’t a shred of evidence produced that political rhetoric inspired Jared Loughner. This is the “tone” argument blowing up in their faces. Even if no one in the White House ordered the IRS to harass tea partiers, why isn’t the left’s tone in demagoging grassroots conservative groups as some sort of proto-militia partly to blame for inspiring the IRS to overzealousness? Why isn’t their tone towards other kinds of politically disfavored organizations also a factor in what appears to be improper disclosure of confidential tax info?

By the way, just to update this morning’s post, Joe Klein would like you to know that the IRS’s behavior may be wrong but not nearly as wrong as Republicans’ attempts to obstruct business in Washington by … investigating the wrongdoing. Evidently that’s the “real scandal” here. Actual quotation: “What is more dangerous to our democracy, the Obama Administration’s massaging of its mistakes or the Republicans’ constant campaign to paralyze our government through diversions like these?”


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‘The IG is conducting their investigation and I’m not going to comment prematurely.’

That never stopped him relative to Skip Gates and Trayvon Martin.

Resist We Much on May 13, 2013 at 2:51 PM

“But the day after the Benghazi consulate was torched I knew without a doubt that it was the fault of a 7-minute youtube video.”

Bark is a clown of the first order.

Bishop on May 13, 2013 at 2:53 PM

weaselyone on May 13, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Flop sweat.

katy the mean old lady on May 13, 2013 at 2:53 PM

“My IRS did not have political relations with that group, TEA Party.”
“It depends on what the definition of the word ‘Target’ is.”

Dexter_Alarius on May 13, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Only two possibilities, 1) Obama is a liar or 2) he is the most incompetent President in the history of the U.S.

Dasher on May 13, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Impeach this POS.

Steveangell on May 13, 2013 at 2:57 PM

All the fuss over Mitt Romney’s tax returns indicates that they knew there was something in there that Obama could use during the election. They couldn’t let on that they were snooping into his returns, so they tried to guilt and shame him into the releasing returns. Obama is chin-deep in this muck. . . as usual.

Mallard T. Drake on May 13, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Stick with Benghazi, do not be distracted the SOB was running weapons illegally

Conservative4ev on May 13, 2013 at 2:57 PM

ROFLO — Ok, this is getting amazigly humorous – Saturday Night Live writers WISH they could come up with shi’ite like this:

Nancy Pelosi blames the Supreme court for the IRS’ targeting of Conservative organizations, declaring if the USSC had not granted (5-4 vote) organizations 1st Amendmnet rights the IRS would not have had to target them!

Story being reported as follows:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Monday that the IRS should be condemned for targeting conservative groups for special scrutiny in the run-up to last year’s elections, but she also blamed the Supreme Court for opening the door to broader political activity.

In the Citizens United decision, the court ruled 5-4 that corporations have First Amendment political rights and ruled that while they cannot contribute directly to candidates, they can run ads making their own views known.

easyt65 on May 13, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Only two possibilities, 1) Obama is a liar or 2) he is the most incompetent President in the history of the U.S.

Dasher on May 13, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Three, actually.

3) Both.

Bishop on May 13, 2013 at 2:58 PM

AP. the org that just decided that the term ‘illegal immigrant’ was too racist

burserker on May 13, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Personally, I like ‘criminalien’ better.

Resist We Much on May 13, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Isn’t paying taxes voluntary?

Tilly on May 13, 2013 at 2:59 PM

When is he going to start talking to the portraits in the White House of previous presidents??

NJ Red on May 13, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Strangely, their pictures now show them all retching in disgust.

justltl on May 13, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Nancy Pelosi blames the Supreme court for the IRS’ targeting of Conservative organizations, declaring if the USSC had not granted (5-4 vote) organizations 1st Amendmnet rights the IRS would not have had to target them!

Weird. So, why didn’t the IRS not go after Media Matters, one of whose top priorities is to ‘Destroy Fox News,’ and groups with ‘Progressive’ or ‘Progress’ in their names?

Resist We Much on May 13, 2013 at 3:00 PM

So at today’s WH press briefing…Obama cried because He lied…and the big bad republicans are meanies or something…

workingclass artist on May 13, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Only two possibilities, 1) Obama is a liar or 2) he is the most incompetent President in the history of the U.S.

Dasher on May 13, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Three, actually.

3) Both.

Bishop on May 13, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Preezy has committed to 20 fundraisers…Starting in NYC

Priorities!

workingclass artist on May 13, 2013 at 3:02 PM

The man cannot help but lie:

“@StevenTDennis Jay Carney: WH counsel’s office was alerted about IG investigation week of April 22, 2013

Sorry, Lefties, this man you worship is an autocrat without the brainpower to pull it off.

chimney sweep on May 13, 2013 at 3:03 PM

The middle finger eye scratch gives it all away.

ctmom on May 13, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Yup, the petulant wannabe president of China shows his immaturity again at the 00:48 mark. “It would be easier if you would all just tell me what a good job I’m doing and NOT ruin my day.”

*flipping the media the bird*

Fallon on May 13, 2013 at 3:04 PM

I keep deleting what I really, really want to say about this know-nothing-do-nothing.

Dusty on May 13, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Does he have something with the AP? Why are they always the first question

cmsinaz on May 13, 2013 at 2:31 PM

I don’t know. Does the head of AP have a brother/sister/wife/husband working at the WH?

Dusty on May 13, 2013 at 3:09 PM

AP. the org that just decided that the term ‘illegal immigrant’ was too racist

burserker on May 13, 2013 at 2:50 PM

It’s not racist. It’s just not true. They are not “immigrants”.

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2013 at 3:09 PM

If anything is the USSC’s fault it is Chief Justice Roberts ignoring precedence in regards to labeling the ‘fine’ against people who don’t sign up for Obamacare a ‘TAX’ & ruling in Obama’s favor. The very 1st day of that trial was to determine if it was a tax or not….it was decided that it was NOT a ‘tax’…until Roberts ruled that it was later, which was the only thing that could save it. By precedence, if it had been labeled a ‘tax’ the 1st day the trial would have had to stop, as a suit against a ‘tax’ is not allowed until AFTER the tax had been levied/enforced….

….BUT….

WHO IS EXCITED ABOUT THE IRS BEING INVOLVED IN OBAMACARE NOW?

easyt65 on May 13, 2013 at 3:11 PM

“What is more dangerous to our democracy, the Obama Administration’s massaging of its mistakes or the Republicans’ constant campaign to paralyze our government through diversions like these?”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plame_affair

Good Lt on May 13, 2013 at 3:12 PM

All the fuss over Mitt Romney’s tax returns indicates that they knew there was something in there that Obama could use during the election. They couldn’t let on that they were snooping into his returns, so they tried to guilt and shame him into the releasing returns. Obama is chin-deep in this muck. . . as usual.

Mallard T. Drake on May 13, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Yup.

Boudica on May 13, 2013 at 3:12 PM

BLOOMBERG editor apologizes for snooping on business clients…

…lIBERALS JUST CAN’T HELP THEMSELVES, NO MATTER WHAT LEVEL OF GOVERNMENT THEY MIGHT BE IN….

easyt65 on May 13, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Only two possibilities, 1) Obama is a liar or 2) he is the most incompetent President in the history of the U.S.

Dasher on May 13, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Three, actually.

3) Both.

Bishop on May 13, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Preezy has committed to 20 fundraisers…Starting in NYC

Priorities!

workingclass artist on May 13, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Talking leftists out of their money is apparently the only the only thing Obammie is good at.

Dasher on May 13, 2013 at 3:13 PM

WHO IS EXCITED ABOUT THE IRS BEING INVOLVED IN OBAMACARE NOW?

easyt65 on May 13, 2013 at 3:11 PM

That’s one of the big stories here, and it should make us redouble our efforts to strangle the ugly beast Obamacare in Congress.

slickwillie2001 on May 13, 2013 at 3:15 PM

WOW! It’s incredible how stupid the low-information voters must be for Obama to be putting an answer like this out there. Breathtaking!

olesparkie on May 13, 2013 at 3:19 PM

I just keep remembering when the Liberals, to include Obama & Hillary, were calling the Taxed Enough Already (TEA) Party un-American, un-Patriotic, conspiracy threorizing lunatics, racists, & criminals….

…and low and behold the Obama administration & IRS helps to validate everything the TEA Party stands for as well as their fears & concerns about this administration & the IRS!

easyt65 on May 13, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Heh! Way to cripple the agency in charge of collecting tribute for Obamacare!

trl on May 13, 2013 at 3:23 PM

On Monday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) fired back on assertions by the IRS that its efforts to target conservative groups were relegated to low-level employees. “Of course not,” he told Breitbart News. McConnell noted that he had raised the issue of IRS targeting of conservatives in 2012, and further noted that the Washington Post “dismissed it as a bunch of red herrings.”
The scandal, McConnell said, extends up the chain. “The Obama effort to shut up opponents isn’t limited to the IRS,” he stated. “It applies to the FCC [Federal Communications Commission], SEC [Securities and Exchange Commission], FEC [Federal Elections Commission], HHS [Department of Health and Human Services] …. And you remember, the Obama campaign last year published a list of eight businessmen who it believed were enemies.”

It may be ‘Chicago-style politics…but it also happens to be ILLEGAL! There is a MASSIVE necessity, I would argue, to connect the dots, trace it all the way back to Obama, & IMPEACH his A$$ … to send a message to every politician, but especially to Liberals/Socialists, that the American people reject anyone who believes the Constitution and Rule of Law is subordinate to personal/party agendas. Obama needs to be Impeached & all those involved in the Benghazi Cover-up/failures, the IRS scandal, & the rest of these need to at a very least be fired in order for the American people to take our country back!

easyt65 on May 13, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Obama said in his answers this morning that the continuing Benghazi investigation questions Hillary Clinton’s, Ambassador Rice’s, Jay Carney’s, & even his own inegrity…

LOL! Dude, that proverbial ship has SAILED – EVERYONE knows now that not one of you have an ounce of integrity….nor human decensy, morals, or ethics. We already knew you SACRIFICED 4 Americans in Benghazi to be re-elected! There isn’t one thing none of you wouldn’t say or do for your own personal / party benefit!

What a POS!

easyt65 on May 13, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Is Douthat really suggesting that the IRS activity wasn’t directed from the very top?

Hint: the IRS targeting and the media coordination from Dems about the Tea Party being “dangerous” is THE SAME THING. It is all the same campaign – use the power of the state to intimidate and ultimately crush your opposition. That is routine in Chicago and on the left worldwide.

Missy on May 13, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Obama went on to add that he also just learned who shot J.R..

CitizenEgg on May 13, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Spoilers!

oryguncon on May 13, 2013 at 4:14 PM

LOL knew on Friday

Conservative4ev on May 13, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Look what’s coming.

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2013 at 4:27 PM

This White House never knows about anything that Executive Branch employees are doing.

And they consider that to be a good thing.

hawksruleva on May 13, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Obama didn’t hear about the IRS targeting conservatives until he thought up the idea several years ago.

MeAlice on May 13, 2013 at 4:58 PM

So the IRS, part of the Executive Branch planned a press release to admit wrongdoing and they did NOT let anyone above them know this was coming?

Obama wants me to believe not only did he not take part int his, but he was sandbagged by everyone in the IRS on this issue?

I don’t like the guy; but I’m not sure I’d set him up for a fall this badly without a tiny bit of warning. Especially not if he could fire me on a whim.

Anyone think the IRS bureaucrats who targeted Conservatives also left Obama without any warning? Anyone?

gekkobear on May 13, 2013 at 5:01 PM

I think that O’s explanation is totally believable…

He was either on the golf course or chooming in the west wing…

Kuffar on May 13, 2013 at 5:20 PM

When the President of the US demonstrates for all to see, what a petulant child he is, by cleverly (not) using his middle finger to flip an imaginary something in his eye, you get a feel for what a real embarrassment he is. He has done this so many times, with either hand, that it will probably allow his eventual displacement of Jimma Carter, as the “Worst President” ever……what a guy!

tomshup on May 13, 2013 at 5:22 PM

“Who will rid me of this troublesome priest?”
–Henry II to his nobles regarding Thomas Becket

“Who will rid me of this troublesome Tea Party?”
–Obama to anyone who will listen

Mariner44 on May 13, 2013 at 5:25 PM

White House goes into bunker mode. Doubles down on thuggery. Constitutional crisis in 5… 4… 3…

petefrt on May 13, 2013 at 5:49 PM

He also stated he just found out won’t find out until tomorrow afternoon that Milli Vanilli didn’t really sing their songs…

crazywater on May 13, 2013 at 2:10 PM

FIFY

bofh on May 13, 2013 at 6:11 PM

This is the Mayor Daley defense.

He’s the head of the organization (in this case, Obama is the president), but nobody told him a single relevant thing in his organization, and thus retains his all shiny lily-white behind.

Sir Napsalot on May 13, 2013 at 7:11 PM

This is the Mayor Daley defense.

He’s the head of the organization (in this case, Obama is the president), but nobody told him a single relevant thing in his organization, and thus retains his all shiny lily-white behind.

Sir Napsalot on May 13, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Standard organized crime m/o.

The godfather looks at someone, looks over at one of his capos, gives a nod, and it’s done. Where’s your evidence?

slickwillie2001 on May 13, 2013 at 7:38 PM

He’s a liar.

rebuzz on May 13, 2013 at 7:44 PM

His signature “achievement” Obamacare funds 16,000 new IRS agents. Does everybody now see why? It is all on Obama. The IRS was going to be his new army.
DanMan on May 13, 2013 at 2:36 PM

bingo

newportmike on May 13, 2013 at 7:46 PM

His lies are not as convincing as they used to be.

mixplix on May 13, 2013 at 10:03 PM

they have to dig deep on this, i think this is where he gets nailed. Those words will come back to haunt him. They will prove that he knew before hand and he has no way out. He will resign by july 4th.

phatfawzi on May 14, 2013 at 12:03 AM

Obama took lessons from the Clinton’s using the IRS as a weapon, they made the news doing the same thing.

mixplix on May 14, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Something just struck me. Is it possible all of the homeland security hollow points are going to the muslim brotherhood?

scboy on May 15, 2013 at 8:59 AM

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