Video: Crowd applauds as GOP rep Mike Kelly lays into former IRS chief at hearing

posted at 4:01 pm on May 17, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via Greg Hengler, the word from the Republican intelligentsia is to go ight-lay on the andstanding-gray to make it harder for the White House to hide behind the “partisan politicization” fig leaf, but there’s nothing especially partisan about this rant. Kelly’s hot not so much because right-wing groups were targeted but because the IRS is pleading incompetence and mismanagement as a defense when that would never fly for a taxpayer. It’s pure populism, which is the way to go if you’re going to go this route. And Miller actually helped him out: He seemed more irritated during the hearing than contrite, so any (small) risk of viewers tuning in and feeling sympathy for a former taxman-in-chief being pummeled by the opposition party is probably up in smoke.

Exit question: Were viewers tuned in? Hmmmm.


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RWM, did you see my genuflect earlier in the post?

uncommon sense on May 17, 2013 at 4:55 PM

I saw it, briefly and inadvertently, but I looked away as quickly as I could.

Midas on May 17, 2013 at 4:59 PM

This thread reminds me of the time sesquipedalian outed himself as an usher/parking/concession stand attendant or the like:
 

i’m listening to the world-class fargo philharmonic as we speak.
 
sesquipedalian on March 28, 2013 at 3:34 PM
 
http://hotair.com/archives/2013/03/28/and-the-least-free-state-in-america-is/comment-page-2/#comment-6838679

rogerb on May 17, 2013 at 4:59 PM

I actually live a few blocks from him. Wonderful city. Would invite you to DC but there is a no tea-billy rule there.

HotAirLib on May 16, 2013 at 10:57 PM

You might as well suggest you would invite people to Detroit, there would be about as much enthusiasm.

Bishop on May 17, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Nah. If you had one of those 9-5 things, you would know you are sometimes allowed to surf the internet for research and that includes the rabid tea billy sites

HotAirLib on May 17, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Oh so you are one of those who get paid in lotion ….
I knew itttt :O :O
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1srne-tof8s

burrata on May 17, 2013 at 5:00 PM

HAL, I thought that you said that you lived in DC. If you live in DC, why are you referring to it as ‘there’ rather than ‘here’?
Resist We Much on May 17, 2013 at 4:52

Typo from the cell. The T and H keys are very close to each other on the galaxy note 2.

HotAirLib on May 17, 2013 at 5:02 PM

BobMbx prediction:

Crazy Joe resigns within 6 months.

Clintonistas pressure Obama into naming Hillary as VP.

Clintonistas reveal massive databank of illegal activity privately to Obama, tells him to resign or face impeachment.

Hillary ascends to the throne.

The Clintons are not finished…..not by a long-shot.

BobMbx on May 17, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Unlike you, no I don’t. Taking a 15 mins break to entertain myself by finding out what the billies are b!tch!ng about now.

HotAirLib on May 17, 2013 at 4:47 PM

You take a break at 4:16 when you are leaving at 5? Plus you are still at it at 4:47?? That’s a pretty long break.

You are so full of cr*p. Not like any sentient person would believe anything you say, but maybe you should get your lies in order to at least wave in the direction of plausibility.

kim roy on May 17, 2013 at 5:02 PM

RWM, did you see my genuflect earlier in the post? I know that HA has been taken over by the internet gremlins today, but I did want to give you the hat tip :)

uncommon sense on May 17, 2013 at 4:55 PM

I did not, but thank you.

Resist We Much on May 17, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Anyway im on my way home. Chat with you billies later.

HotAirLib on May 17, 2013 at 5:03 PM

HAL, I thought that you said that you lived in DC. If you live in DC, why are you referring to it as ‘there’ rather than ‘here’?

Resist We Much on May 17, 2013 at 4:52

Typo from the cell. The T and H keys are very close to each other on the galaxy note 2.

HotAirLib on May 17, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Sure.

Resist We Much on May 17, 2013 at 5:04 PM

The people in the 3rd District of PA are well served.

Bravo, sir.

EA_MAN on May 17, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Yes, they are. Wish there was someone like him in my PA district.

Bravo, Rep. Kelly. Keep the heat on!

PatriotGal2257 on May 17, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Yeah, but… we won’t, and even if we wanted to, the press wouldn’t let us get away with it like they do the left.

This is the case with everything – the left pushes hard, with media assistance, 24/7/365, inexorably leftward; we resist, sometimes, but *rarely* push back, and when we do, the media is there to help slap us down in a way they never do with the left. The end result is that we move ever leftward.

Honestly, I hold no hope that it will change without a violent and massive altercation. There’s just no going back in a civilized manner at this point, when the left simply refuse to be civilized. They’ve gone full Chicago/KGB on us, ignoring the law, corrupting the election process, etc. There’s no taking the ‘civil’ path back – they’ve destroyed the ‘civil’ path that was, and it’s now rigged and booby-trapped to ensure we can’t go back that way.

So be it.

Midas on May 17, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Eventually the press is going to be less relevant and have no power if they survive. Viewerships are down and print is dying.

However, I do wonder if you aren’t correct that there will be some sort of pushback that turns violent. This can’t go on forever and something has to give. The left has been aggressive and violent now for a number of years and the right just absorbs it.

This will end. Will it end with a friendly in office who will do the work to correct things or Obama/another Obama and get violent?

Interesting times.

kim roy on May 17, 2013 at 5:07 PM

That was an ol’ fashion azz chewing that should be required viewing for every IRS government employee.

antipc on May 17, 2013 at 4:12 PM

That was awesome! I haven’t seen someone ripped like that in ages. Particularly someone who deserved such a chewing. That man’s whole attitude and demeanor spoke arrogance and entitlement with a healthy dose of “who do you think you are questioning me? Go ahead and ask your little questions and we can all get out of here”. I am now beginning to understand why, in earlier days, pitchforks, torches, tar and feathers were thought to have a leveling effect on those who thought themselves above the law.

AZfederalist on May 17, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Nah. Majority of us were at this thing called 9-5

HotAirLib on May 17, 2013 at 4:19 PM

So your 9-5 ended at 4:19 PM ??

burrata on May 17, 2013 at 4:21 PM

4:19, because you know where he is everyday at 4:20! Choooom!

kirkill on May 17, 2013 at 5:07 PM

I heard this live the first time, and I’ve watched in 5 more times since.

Pure poetry.

CJ on May 17, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Another smug apparachik.

The ONLY way to wipe the smirks off their COLLECTIVE faces is to dump the 16th Amendment and with it goes the income tax, the source of all this scrutiny. We could certainly finance all legitimate government functions with a national sales tax.

Nemesis of Jihad on May 17, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Aren’t you using their equipment? Their internet services and clogging their network traffic with frivolous internet searching? You don’t think that this is unethical, like taking company supplies such as pens or paper?

uncommon sense on May 17, 2013 at 4:50 PM

.
Any company of any size and/or sense has long since BANNED all personal use of the internet for two primary reasons:

1) Consumption of bandwidth – worked for a large multinational that never had enough bandwidth. A new CIO put a couple of bright folks on it with some state of the art equipment that allowed tracking down to the individual computer level. It turned out that 95% of the bandwidth for the company with tens of thousands of employees was being used by 27 employees who were downloading porn and pirating DVD’s and CD’s. All 27 were unemployed the same day the report was given to the CEO.

2) HR issues – Surfing the web and posting your opinions online during company hours can be used as grounds for lawsuits by employees who view the company as applying unequal supervisory work standards and company endoresement of political points of view. The last one can be applied in a myriad number of ways by lawyers loooking for a fast payday.

My take is the troll is 99% likely to be violating company policies. Good, he’s not bright enough to realize EVERYTHING you do at work can be legally monitored and used as grounds for termination for willful violation of company policy.

PolAgnostic on May 17, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Are they afraid of national race riots or something if their savior Obama is brought up on charges?
Brychance on May 17, 2013 at 4:42 PM

I submit that the Left is not afraid at all of national race riots — they are looking for any excuse to foment one or a hundred. They are salivating over it in their innermost thoughts and probably have been planning out scenarios as to what they will do. Any occasion to declare martial law would give them orgasms.

Remember what Van Jones once said as well: “Top down, bottom up, inside out.” We ordinary Americans are the ones in the middle being squeezed. Never underestimate the “top,” — Obama and his crony handlers — and how they will use the “bottom,” the low-info types, hard left Greenies, etc., that make up his base for whatever crisis they have in mind to grind those of us in the middle down.

PatriotGal2257 on May 17, 2013 at 5:19 PM

BobMbx on May 17, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Who approves a replacement VP?

ladyingray on May 17, 2013 at 5:21 PM

New Steyn…

The Autocrat Accountants

Resist We Much on May 17, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Who approves a replacement VP?

ladyingray on May 17, 2013 at 5:21 PM

The POTUS nominates. Then, he has to be confirmed by both chambers of Congress.

Resist We Much on May 17, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Who approves a replacement VP?

ladyingray on May 17, 2013 at 5:21 PM

I believe that would be the speaker of the house, no appointment

uncommon sense on May 17, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Straw dog. What happened to all the ruckus over Benghazi? ‘Nuff said.

HiJack on May 17, 2013 at 5:30 PM

My take is the troll is 99% likely to be violating company policies. Good, he’s not bright enough to realize EVERYTHING you do at work can be legally monitored and used as grounds for termination for willful violation of company policy.

PolAgnostic on May 17, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Which begs the question… who does HAL work for, and when did they now about it? :)

uncommon sense on May 17, 2013 at 5:34 PM

HAL, I thought that you said that you lived in DC. If you live in DC, why are you referring to it as ‘there’ rather than ‘here’?
Resist We Much on May 17, 2013 at 4:52

Typo from the cell. The T and H keys are very close to each other on the galaxy note 2.
HotAirLib on May 17, 2013 at 5:02 PM

I would like to state for the record that proximity is not a valid excuse for a missing letter.

anuts on May 17, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Which begs the question… who does HAL work for, and when did they know about it? :)

uncommon sense on May 17, 2013 at 5:34 PM

FIFM

uncommon sense on May 17, 2013 at 5:40 PM

HAL, I thought that you said that you lived in DC. If you live in DC, why are you referring to it as ‘there’ rather than ‘here’?
Resist We Much on May 17, 2013 at 4:52

Typo from the cell. The T and H keys are very close to each other on the galaxy note 2.
HotAirLib on May 17, 2013 at 5:02 PM

I would like to state for the record that proximity is not a valid excuse for a missing letter.

anuts on May 17, 2013 at 5:36 PM

It’s weird, anuts. He didn’t omit any other letters last night. It only – allegedly – happened in that post.

Resist We Much on May 17, 2013 at 5:46 PM

So your 9-5 ended at 4:19 PM ??
 
burrata on May 17, 2013 at 4:21 PM

 
Nah. If you had one of those 9-5 things, you would know you are sometimes allowed to surf the internet for research and that includes the rabid tea billy sites
 
HotAirLib on May 17, 2013 at 4:42 PM

 
But then:
 

Typo from the cell. The T and H keys are very close to each other on the galaxy note 2.
 
HotAirLib on May 17, 2013 at 5:02 PM

 
Let me correct my earlier post:
 
You are really, really bad at this.

rogerb on May 17, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Who approves a replacement VP?

ladyingray on May 17, 2013 at 5:21 PM

I believe that would be the speaker of the house, no appointment

uncommon sense on May 17, 2013 at 5:26 PM

No. See 25th Amendment, Section 2:

Whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, the President shall nominate a Vice President who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of both Houses of Congress.

Resist We Much on May 17, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Typo from the cell. The T and H keys are very close to each other on the galaxy note 2.
HotAirLib on May 17, 2013 at 5:02 PM

and lotion on fingers makes it harder
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QuZnfZ9Q0E
to type

burrata on May 17, 2013 at 5:54 PM

I guess the troll really did leave.

I feel sorry for her dog when she gets home.

The trolls have had a rough week.

CurtZHP on May 17, 2013 at 6:01 PM

So we have a 9-5 position that either ends sometime before 4:20 or allows for 15 minute breaks to extend for 30-45 minutes. We have an employee who is not only on his/her computer via cell phone but also their desktop.

But they did say the live in DC…

It all makes sense now…you work for the IRS!!!!

anuts on May 17, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Sure.
Resist We Much on May 17, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Lol. Let me guess, you think I live somewhere else outside of DC? You tea partiers and conspiracy theories.

HotAirLib on May 17, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Lol. Let me guess, you think I live somewhere else outside of DC? You tea partiers and conspiracy theories.

HotAirLib on May 17, 2013 at 6:07 PM

I let your words speak for you.

BTW, princess, I have NEVER been to a tea party event, meeting, etc. I am not a member of a TP.

Resist We Much on May 17, 2013 at 6:11 PM

It’s pure populism, which is the way to go if you’re going to go this route.

Otherwise we should be very timid?

Buddahpundit on May 17, 2013 at 6:11 PM

I was born and raised where Lou Costello had been — Paterson, NJ.

In his time, it was a major city for its silk industry. When nylon replaced silk, Paterson relied on its chemical and dye industries.

That’s where I saw President Ford, in person, when he came there to dedicate the Great Falls as a national landmark. The city was founded by Alexander Hamilton, and the first practical submarine was tested there in the Passaic River. Except it sank. My dad was one of the Boy Scouts who help dig it out, and the boat sat in the park right next to my high school.

Liam on May 17, 2013 at 4:36 PM

As a kid in Ridgewood I had a field trip to the falls and saw the sub. And some sort of mineral collection. Fascinating stuff.

TexasDan on May 17, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Resist We Much on May 17, 2013 at 5:50 PM

You are correct, must have been a Freudian thing hoping that both were going to go down :-P

uncommon sense on May 17, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Anyway im on my way home. Chat with you billies later.

HotAirLib on May 17, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Can’t wait. Hopefully you’ll have an unfortunate accident.

arnold ziffel on May 17, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Anyway im on my way home. Chat with you billies later.

HotAirLib on May 17, 2013 at 5:03 PM

I thought that billies came from Ar. and had state troopers to drive them home, or at least help to pick up on the chicks???? Am I confused?

uncommon sense on May 17, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Miller believes he was above the law when he started working for the fed govt in an ends justifies the means kinda way. Libs have their agenda and never stop working for it.

Kissmygrits on May 17, 2013 at 6:37 PM

I listened to the testimony on C-SPAN radio today. To hear Steven Miller, who is an elitist SOB (and that’s putting it mildly), was probably one of the most offensive displays of arrogance and condescension toward Americans I have ever heard. Some public servant. He didn’t do the Obama administration any favors today. Kelly’s rant was awesome and appropriate.

The IRS has the power to destroy your life rather easily. Now we know they are targeting and terrorizing citizens because of their political and religious beliefs. My foot, the president didn’t know.

Philly on May 17, 2013 at 6:38 PM

I thought that billies came from Ar. and had state troopers to drive them home, or at least help to pick up on the chicks???? Am I confused?

uncommon sense on May 17, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Or I am I confusing them with beer producers from Georgia?

uncommon sense on May 17, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Lol. Let me guess, you think I live somewhere else outside of DC? You tea partiers and conspiracy theories.

HotAirLib on May 17, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Actually I think you live somewhere else outside of reality and your conscience left a long time ago without leaving a forwarding address.

PackerBronco on May 17, 2013 at 6:43 PM

You tea partiers and conspiracy theories.

HotAirLib on May 17, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Conspiracy theories? I can play your simple game too.

1. Bush paid off the Supreme Court to appoint him President. The fact that he won that case 7-2 is totally irrelevant.

2. Bush knew about 9/11 in advance and let it happen.

3. Bush knew about 9/11 in advance and let it happen so he could invade Iraq for its oil.

4. Bush went AWOL during his time in the Texas Air National Guard.

5. Bush would use the Iraq War as an excuse to postpone (or completely call off) the 2004 Presidential Election.

6. Bush would use the Democrat-created mortgage meltdown in late 2007 as an excuse to postpone (or completely call off) the 2008 Presidential Election.

7. Bush lied about Iraq’s WMDs to con the Democrats into signing off on the Iraq War. This despite the fact that many of those Democrats said they based their yes votes on what the previous Democrat Administration intel people had said.

8. F-

Del Dolemonte on May 17, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Racist crowd

SouthernGent on May 17, 2013 at 6:57 PM

7. Bush lied about Iraq’s WMDs to con the Democrats into signing off on the Iraq War. This despite the fact that many of those Democrats said they based their yes votes on what the previous Democrat Administration intel people had said.

8. F-

Del Dolemonte on May 17, 2013 at 6:49 PM

The funniest thing that I find, is nobody wishes to discuss where Syria got all of its chemical weapons.

uncommon sense on May 17, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Del Dolemonte on May 17, 2013 at 6:49 PM

You forgot one, -a then-young George W. Bush flew an SR-71 in 1980 to Tehran to negotiate with the Iranians to delay release of the hostages and give Ronald Reagan an advantage over Jiminy Carter in the 1980 election.

Hotlips probably has pictures of that one.

slickwillie2001 on May 17, 2013 at 6:58 PM

HotAirLib on May 17, 2013 at 6:07 PM

When all else fails, resort to name calling, “billies, racists, baggers”…….what do you know about immunization HAL? We’ve taken it, with pretty good grace I’d say, so I think we’re immune to your childish name calling.

You’re a foolish human if you think the indignities we’ve suffered, are not going to befall you at some point. You seem to think, because we’ve tried to take the high road for many years, that the pattern is reality.

As my Grandma used to say, “Sweetie, you got another think comin’”.

waterytart on May 17, 2013 at 7:08 PM

.
Any company of any size and/or sense has long since BANNED all personal use of the internet for two primary reasons:

1) Consumption of bandwidth –
.

2) HR issues –

My take is the troll is 99% likely to be violating company policies. Good, he’s not bright enough to realize EVERYTHING you do at work can be legally monitored and used as grounds for termination for willful violation of company policy.

PolAgnostic on May 17, 2013 at 5:15 PM

I work for a large multinational company. The company I work for has more concerns than most regarding computer security. However, personal use of company internet access, on a non-interference basis, is permitted. As long as it does not take away from work time (i.e, if one is waiting for a compile to complete, waiting for someone to come to the office, needing a short “think break”, accessing non-work resources is OK). As far as your issue #2: most companies have net-nanny installed — and yes, sometimes it flags ridiculous things, but it does resolve the HR issue.

Please, yes HAL is an idiot lib who doesn’t have a clue. But attacking his / her / its use of company internet resources is a low blow. We would excoriate a liberal who took that argument to us (actually I think we have, and it may even have been HAL at one time who accused someone of using company assets to access HotAir. [Not going to look up whether it was HAL or one of the other village idiots, I've got better things to do with my time]

AZfederalist on May 17, 2013 at 7:32 PM

I can’t wait for the day when these IRS criminals begin singing like birds to avoid indictment. It’s coming.

Philly on May 17, 2013 at 8:17 PM

“…you should be outraged, but you’re not…”

There it is.

Jaibones on May 18, 2013 at 7:53 AM

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