Video: Jon Stewart blasts Obama on IRS scandal

posted at 10:01 pm on May 14, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

In which the host of “The Daily Show” expresses pretty much my entire political philosophy after suddenly realizing, hey, maybe there’s something to this whole skepticism of the federal government thing.

“This has, in one seismic moment, shifted the burden of proof from the tin foil behatted to the government. The VA claims backlog and the bounced checks and foreclosure clusterf**k had already given government competence fetishists fits. And now this. In a few short weeks, you’ve managed to show that when the government wants to do good things, your managerial competence falls somewhere between David Brent and a cat chasing a laser pointer. But when government wants to flex its more malevolent muscles, YOU’RE F**KIN’ IRON MAN!!”

Watch the whole thing. It’s pretty great.

He’s no convert; he’s more bemoaning the blow the idea of government competence will take in the wake of this and other scandals, thereby preventing President Obama from making a good-government argument in the future. The thing is, though, it’s the government that’s dealing the blows. Skepticism of a giant federal government’s ability to deliver on promises and treat citizens fairly is not some paranoid preoccupation, but a pretty decent assessment of the facts on the ground and experience with said giant federal government.

“I still believe that good government has the power to improve people’s lives,” Stewart says. Sure, fine, but we’re so far from that ideal, you’d think fans of activist government would be keenest to make sure it actually does that. Facing the reality of a government-performance spectrum, which truly does run from laser-pointer-cat to evil Iron Man, is key to making that happen. It’s nice for his audience to hear about it from him.


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That show isn’t funny.

Kjeil on May 14, 2013 at 11:58 PM

Video: Jon Stewart blasts Obama on IRS scandal

Meh. Jon Stewart has always been the lazy mans George Carlin…and even then that’s being generous.

OTOH, I’d rather watch ANYTHING he does rather than that bargain basement fellating pseudo-Libertarian Bill Maher.

BlaxPac on May 15, 2013 at 12:04 AM

This just in: “Television comedian John Stewart has just been subjected to a massive and thorough audit by the IRS. Sources also indicate that he is being investigated by the EPA for Carbon Dioxide emissions, the Department of Homeland Security for hiring terrorists, and an unnamed “Czar” of the administration, for farting inapropriately.”

Film at Eleven…

realitycheck on May 15, 2013 at 12:11 AM

Stewart is the hack to end all hacks, and to top it all off he gets to claim “I’m just a comedian” when pressed on the issues.

Too many people get ALL of their news from this idiot, and it’s starting to show.

Nothing he says or presents will help our cause in any way, not as long as he’s operating from the starting assumption “wingnuts are dangerous and must be silenced” and working toward the foregone conclusion of “more government is always better, the state owns you”.

His audience is dangerously low-informed hipsters who are more interested in comparing iPhones than comparing views on policy.

His attitude is that of every statist hack, to wit, individual rights and constitutional protections are a nuisance, an obstacle to be overcome, and any action is warranted against the opposition, just don’t get caught cause that makes it harder for me to bludgeon my message through my viewers’ thick skulls.

No thanks.

rightmind on May 15, 2013 at 12:14 AM

Al Franken was another. Just remembered.

JellyToast on May 14, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Al Franken actually did something? He sent a letter? And it’s going to blow up on him?

My ribs are going to hurt tomorrow.

trigon on May 15, 2013 at 12:14 AM

Gonna have to disagree with MKH.

This was a horrible segment and was mostly Stewart whining like a petulant child at a notion that’s been obvious to anyone to the right of say, Shep Smith for a while. The government is not a benevolent protectorate striving for good, it is plain naked force that does whatever it pleases. The United States is the nation that puts the most restrictions and balances on that basic impulse inherent to government, and as such at least half of us are keenly aware when government tries to overreach.

I don’t see this as “scales falling from the eyes” as much as I see it as the temper tantrum of a man-child whose hero just lost a fight because he socked himself in the face and tripped over his own feet.

BKennedy on May 15, 2013 at 12:17 AM

Also, the headline “Stewart blasts Obama on IRS scandal” is highly misleading, it should be, “Stewart pisses himself over not being able to use his favorite tea party straw man anymore”. Or something like that.

rightmind on May 15, 2013 at 12:20 AM

F**k John Stewart.

Sacramento on May 15, 2013 at 12:32 AM

F**k John Stewart.

Sacramento on May 15, 2013 at 12:32 AM

Seconded.

Jon Stewart basically agrees with the IRS.

He calls the tea party “conspiracy theorists” eff him.

He is a douche.

tetriskid on May 15, 2013 at 12:54 AM

The ‘Iron Man’ reference is awesome…

Khun Joe on May 15, 2013 at 12:55 AM

John M’fer Stewart.

Your guy buddy. Own it.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on May 15, 2013 at 1:01 AM

The player won’t work on Mozilla..

and from what I read, he’s not the least concerned about the intensely anti-civil rights abuses of Obama, nearly as much..

that it means the right he loves to bash as crazy morons are right about something..

DAMN YOU FOR THAT..

bet he still doesn’t believe the Chicago cheap pol thug isn’t involved, and didn’t try to shoehorn the Chicago machine wholesale into DC.

We’ll be years rooting the moles out.. years wondering every time the government goes after our donors, businessmen, groups and activists.. is this just more Chicago payback for not being leftist.

Better to amputate the limb..

Fire every single supervisor above GS-4 and replace them ALL.. kill the IRS and create a new agency with a flat tax, no deductions after your mortgage, make the tax laws one page.. no more.

mark81150 on May 15, 2013 at 1:03 AM

So does this mean his brain-dead viewing audience might start to get a clue?

Doubt it. Highly.

stukinIL4now on May 15, 2013 at 1:04 AM

It so hard to understand what Stewart saying when he has Obama’s li’l reggie firmly lodged in his mouth.

profitsbeard on May 15, 2013 at 1:05 AM

Fire every single supervisor above GS-4 and replace them ALL.. kill the IRS and create a new agency with a flat tax, no deductions after your mortgage, make the tax laws one page.. no more.

mark81150 on May 15, 2013 at 1:03 AM

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Make it a “single-rate” tax, that allows for deductions from the gross income, before applying the single-rate.

listens2glenn on May 15, 2013 at 1:45 AM

Who gives a rats a$$ what Jon Stewart (or whatever his real name is), thinks.

tbear44 on May 15, 2013 at 2:39 AM

I don’t get the Hot Air comment section.

Too many people falling all over themselves to prove how purist they are. “Jon Stewart sucks”. Yeah, we know. That’s the point. For a few minutes, he DIDN’T suck. For a few minutes, he seemed to get it. No one is saying he’ll CONTINUE to get it. No one is saying he’ll use his arguments to further conservative causes. But for a few minutes, he got it, and he has a big platform.

Grace_is_sufficient on May 15, 2013 at 4:55 AM

I don’t get the Hot Air comment section.

Too many people falling all over themselves to prove how purist they are. “Jon Stewart sucks”. Yeah, we know. That’s the point. For a few minutes, he DIDN’T suck. For a few minutes, he seemed to get it. No one is saying he’ll CONTINUE to get it. No one is saying he’ll use his arguments to further conservative causes. But for a few minutes, he got it, and he has a big platform.

Grace_is_sufficient on May 15, 2013 at 4:55 AM

For a few minutes, he talked about how obama isn’t always good at management. This is what the IRS scandal is about? Really?

Ronnie on May 15, 2013 at 5:17 AM

It’s nice for his audience to hear about it from him.

Doesn’t change the fact that they need him to figure out how to think about these things.

H/T Allahpundit.

Cleombrotus on May 15, 2013 at 7:05 AM

When you’re trying to reach low information voters… you take what you can get.

Ukiah on May 15, 2013 at 7:05 AM

Its sad that all Stewart sees here is an issue that embarrasses his political allies. He apparently doesn’t care what was done here. Like the guy embarrassed when caught cheating but without a care so long as it remains a secret.

Deeply sad.

Increasingly, I don’t see how we can share a society with people that go out of their way to deceive, lie, and obfuscate every situation to suit their political ends. Its a pervasive hostility that makes trust, common courtesy, and ultimately civil society unsustainable.

I don’t think he understands what he’s doing here or what they’re doing. I don’t think they respect us enough to even consider that we’re partners in this American Union.

The next step here might be to push to have much of the federal executive powers pushed to state authority. Just enough to make these little conspiracies ineffective.

Karmashock on May 15, 2013 at 7:08 AM

He’s no convert; he’s more bemoaning the blow the idea of government competence will take in the wake of this and other scandals, thereby preventing President Obama from making a good-government argument in the future.

Yes, the tragedy is how this might hurt support for the growth of Big Government Socialism in America.

farsighted on May 15, 2013 at 7:16 AM

Stewart never questioned that Obama could be possibly been having his IRS do the things before it was brought into the open. It was always the other side’s paranoid fault.
They were wrong, Obama right.
And now Obama has been caught. (again.)
Isn’t Stewart a bit more concerned that they were caught…not what they were doing?
However, if it were Bush doing it on left-wing groups…

albill on May 15, 2013 at 7:55 AM

Too many people falling all over themselves to prove how purist they are. “Jon Stewart sucks”. Yeah, we know. That’s the point. For a few minutes, he DIDN’T suck. For a few minutes, he seemed to get it. No one is saying he’ll CONTINUE to get it. No one is saying he’ll use his arguments to further conservative causes. But for a few minutes, he got it, and he has a big platform.

Grace_is_sufficient on May 15, 2013 at 4:55 AM

Ever see the second pilot of Star Trek, where Garry Mitchell gets zapped back to normal for a few seconds when he hits the force field, but then turns back into the silver-eyed menace to Kirk and his crew? That’s kind of the situation with Stewart here.

The cocktail of scandals has temporarily zapped Stewart into a moment of clarity, but it would be shocking to think this is a Dennis Miller/David Mamet-like long-term ideological reassessment. That’s because Jon down deep thinks he’s one of the smartest guys in the room but wants to be accepted/loved by his peers, and knows what they did to Miller, Mamet and other comedians, writers and other celebs who have veered away from the narrative. He’ll be back to finding some minor Republican’s comment/action the big think to lampoon by the end of the week.

jon1979 on May 15, 2013 at 8:37 AM

John Stewart has a ways to go. He still thinks that the Obama administration are the good guys and that Obama’s opposition are the bad guys. He’s just upset that the good guys (in his eyes) have stumbled badly enough to give the bad guys (in his eyes) some credibility. The comedian who likes to clown around while making sarcastic comments about the news didn’t exactly have an epiphany here. And frankly I doubt he’s going to have one unless and until the “freaking Iron Man” with the “malevolent muscles” strikes a lot closer to home for him.

Aitch748 on May 15, 2013 at 8:43 AM

Hotair when Stewart sh*ts on their side or the aisle: Stewart is an irrelevant hack

Hotair when Stewart sh*ts on Obama: Stewart is bang on.

Dave Rywall on May 15, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Stewart would still be the One’s late night drunken booty call.

krome on May 15, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Blind squirrel finds nut.

It happens on occasion, even on the Daily Show.

Yakko77 on May 15, 2013 at 4:52 PM

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