Carney: Asking about Sebelius fundraising for ObamaCare a lot like being a birther, or something

posted at 3:21 pm on May 21, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

You know, a White House that just got exposed for spying on journalists probably should be doing some bridge-rebuilding, especially for an administration who needs a friendly media as much as this one does.  What’s the worst possible way to get back in the media’s good graces?  Accusing them of being conspiracy nuts for asking about Kathleen Sebelius’ fundraising for ObamaCare, starting with CBS’ Major Garrett, who just got done fronting the Benghazi e-mail defense demolished by Glenn Kessler today.

Thanks bunches, Major:

Struggling with a reporter about which Republican concerns are and are not legitimate, White House spokesman Jay Carney said that if reporters are going to ask about every issue, they should include President Obama’s birth certificate. …

Garrett followed up and asked if questions related to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s fundraising for the Affordable Care Act were also legitimate. Carney grew irritated and responded by referencing conspiracy theories about the president’s birthplace.

“You know, we could go down the list of questions — we could say, what about the president’s birth certificate? Were that — was that legitimate?” Carney responded.

I guess the media is discovering how the White House treats Republicans who disagree with them.  Welcome to the party, pal!

Twitchy has a few of the reactions in the aftermath, including from the suddenly-nutcasey media:

Indeed.  Looks like the stonewalling has begun.

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“Funders” are the new conspiracy theorists. Oh, and Major Garrett just earned a wiretap and an audit.

nogooddeed on May 21, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Ziegler!!!

We have our first official Ziegler sighting!

PolAgnostic on May 21, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Alinsky:

* RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”

* RULE 10: “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.”

* RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.

makattak on May 21, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Carney just tipped over. He’s cooked !

Jabberwock on May 21, 2013 at 3:25 PM

what a putz

cmsinaz on May 21, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Where is his birth certificate…

trs on May 21, 2013 at 3:26 PM

It’s funny when the scorpion finally turns on you.

BUT WE WERE DIFFERENT! WE WERE *SPECIAL*.

hahahahahahahahahaha

kim roy on May 21, 2013 at 3:26 PM

The media is the root of all our problems.

If we don’t fight these guys we will lose again and again.

GardenGnome on May 21, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Democrat Strategy:

Ignore it, it will go away.
Ridicule it, it will be ignored, it will go away.

DAT60A3 on May 21, 2013 at 3:27 PM

How much longer will the Daily WH Briefing last…?

d1carter on May 21, 2013 at 3:28 PM

LOL – they’re flailing and trying desperately not to add a 4th scandal to the table.

On a related note, public trust has shifted from Democrats to the GOP for first time in 7 months:

http://washingtonexaminer.com/after-irs-benghazi-scandals-public-trust-shifts-to-gop/article/2530167

While the GOP is equally idiotic but in different ways, it’s an improvement. The bottom line is starting to resonate: Unchecked Democrat power leads to what you’re seeing now – rampant corruption, abuse of power and constant ever-shifting lies.

Keep up the good work, Obamacrats! You’re doing a great job.

Good Lt on May 21, 2013 at 3:28 PM

And they’ll still cover for him when push comes to shove. They are devoted liberals first, second, and third. They’ll play like they are wheely wheely mad now, boy… and then cover for their boyfriend down the line. We’ve seen this movie.

Sugar Land on May 21, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Carney’s days are numbered.

nobar on May 21, 2013 at 3:29 PM

Now that we have the Ziegler milestone, we need to start setting up the other major milestones vis a vis Watergate.

Perhaps one of these reported new whistleblowers will provide direct implication of Hillary in the Benghazi cover-up.

That would give us a Mitchell! milestone.

PolAgnostic on May 21, 2013 at 3:29 PM

How much longer will the Daily WH Briefing last…?

d1carter on May 21, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Ended yesterday.

If Carney is not even trying to answer, it’s not really a briefing. Is it ?

Jabberwock on May 21, 2013 at 3:29 PM

Everyone is paranoid except me!

forest on May 21, 2013 at 3:30 PM

And I thought it was impossible to make Gibbs look good…

crazywater on May 21, 2013 at 3:30 PM

You know you’re on the right track when Carney gets snippy.
Burrow deeper!

Another Drew on May 21, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Probably not a good idea to start lashing out at the White House Press Whores like that, Jay-C. Especially Major Garrett, who’s one of the more balanced journalists out there and won’t take kindly to being disrespected that way.

Doughboy on May 21, 2013 at 3:31 PM

OK, fine Jay. So let’s see the birth certificate itself and while we’re at it, how about those college transcripts as well? For good measure we could throw in those two days of missing emails. This is fun, I’m glad you guys are finally coming around, Jay.

ghostwalker1 on May 21, 2013 at 3:31 PM

the empire is getting ready to strike back

npr reporter Ari Shapiro

Spotted: @joshtpm @CapehartJ @ezraklein & other lefty columnists headed into the West Wing as a group. POTUS coffee? Carney meeting? Anyone?

and then a tweet about the IRS guys are pleading the 5th????? Sweet. IRS pleading 5th.

r keller on May 21, 2013 at 3:32 PM

I’m beginning to think Obama has decided he can’t spin his way out and he doesn’t need the media anymore anyway. So his natural contempt for any non-sycophants is finally free to run, and the attitude if not the deliberate strategy is reflected by his flacks.

novaculus on May 21, 2013 at 3:33 PM

I PLEAD DA FIFF!!

dforston on May 21, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Today’s Carney Ride was the Tilt-a-whirl. Yesterday the tea-cups. Tomorrow the fun-house.

oldroy on May 21, 2013 at 3:34 PM

They’re so arrogant, I bet they believe they don’t need media friends. The ultimate extension of, “I won.”

Liam on May 21, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Major Garrett should have countered with, “Yeah, were are those college transcripts?”

kirkill on May 21, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Is it time to ‘connect the dots’?

1) The IRS is targetting the tea party. At todays hearing, NONE of the witnesses could assure the Senate that the practice has actually ended! In fact, the outgoing head claimed that people are in the process of being retrained, and that NONE of those Tea Party requests are being processed until they have new procedures in place. Looks to me like this could take several more years as the NEW temporary IRS head takes time to learn the job.

2) The IRS manager that oversaw the implementation of the practice of targetting the Tea Party for unequal treatment is now setting up procedures for the new Obamacare side of the IRS. While most people realize that new tax forms are comming for individuals, many people do not realize that the IRS will now be DISTRIBUTION subsidies to Insuring entities! This will of course include MANY businesses that SELF-INSURE. Clearly, these entities had best not be challenging any part of Obamacare in any way if they expect FAIR treatment by this political insider.

3) The HHS secratary is demanding that Insurance entities give CASH to LIBERAL tax exempt organizations. While her stated goal is to promote Obamacare, there is NO GUARANTEE that these funds will not be used in the 2014 election cycle to promote Democratic candidates that support Obamacare.

And, of course, NO ONE will be held ACCOUNTABLE and NO LAWS will be BROKEN in this process!

Prepare to FEEL the POWER of the full force of a TOTALITARIAN FASCIST GOVERNMENT! Support these FASCISTS or prepare to be DESTROYED!

Freddy on May 21, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Thank God the regime decided to go after their most useful idiots of all — or those idiots would still be covering all of this corruption up for Dear Leader. You can just see it on their precious little confused faces: “Gee, I’m really uncomfortable asking these questions…but…ummm…are you gonna put us in the gulags, too? Cuz that wasn’t part of the deal. You were supposed to abuse your power against them — the other guys — and we were gonna sweep it all under the rug. How come you’re coming after us, too? We’re on your team!!!!!

Rational Thought on May 21, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Sure…Not like Obama’s been transparent with his historical documents has he?

workingclass artist on May 21, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Did someone tell Carne asada that Garrett doesn’t work for Fox anymore?

burrata on May 21, 2013 at 3:35 PM

They’re so arrogant, I bet they believe they don’t need media friends. The ultimate extension of, “I won.”

Liam on May 21, 2013 at 3:34 PM

This is it in a nutshell. If the media were to turn on Obama, he’d collapse. I still think it’s very unlikely they’ll fully turn on him no matter what Obama/Carney says or does to them, but if they don’t it won’t be for lack of trying on Obama’s part.

Doomberg on May 21, 2013 at 3:37 PM

we could say, what about the president’s birth certificate?

You mean Obama forged HHS records, too?

The Rogue Tomato on May 21, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Carney seems like he is cracking. Good.

rightmind on May 21, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Did someone tell Carne asada that Garrett doesn’t work for Fox anymore?

burrata on May 21, 2013 at 3:35 PM

He thought he’d get to be part of the in-crowd.

oldroy on May 21, 2013 at 3:37 PM

The Rogue Tomato on May 21, 2013 at 3:37 PM

LOL!

kirkill on May 21, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Four months into his second term and Obamas’ presidency has officially cratered. The Man never did any of the heavy lifting to orgainize and set the foundations of his Administration. He never led by example to dig down and establish principles of figuring out the right thing and then doing the right thing. From insulting gifts to foreign leaders and protocol faux pas, to not learning who the Pentagon chief of staffs were and what they did. But still plenty of time for golf, vacations and pickup basketball games (and to pontificate on the March Madness brackets every year). Why should anyone underneath him work any harder than he does.

Now, it is too late. Obama is in the fifth year of his presidency. Too much has gone under the bridge, too much is already set in stone. He could spend all of his effort for the next three years to try and turn it around, but it would be too little, too late. Instead, any programs he hopes to implement in the next two years will be DOA. All he has left is his executive orders.

Hello lame duck Barry.

parke on May 21, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Carneys new “old” mantra, “ask me no questions and I’ll tell you no LIES.”

tim c on May 21, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Carney (the Carnival Barker) should just hand out a list of questions that ARE legitimate.

LASue on May 21, 2013 at 3:38 PM

hey Jay, you have a large growth coming out of your head
on top….rather Phallic in appearance…

…no. we’re not conspiracy theorists.

ToddPA on May 21, 2013 at 3:38 PM

H.R. Haldeman, G.Gordon Liddy, E. Howard Hunt, Charles Colson,John Ehrlichman, please pick up the red courtesy phone…

kurtzz3 on May 21, 2013 at 3:38 PM

You know, a White House that just got exposed for spying on journalists probably should be doing some bridge-rebuilding, especially for an administration who needs a friendly media as much as this one does.

Why should they? The press will still support Obama on all the issues he wants passed e.g. amnesty for criminal aliens, gay rights, gun control, green energy boondoggles. Seriously, where’s the upside for them in building bridges with their toadies in the press? Did the toadies think they were Obama’s best buddies?

Fenris on May 21, 2013 at 3:38 PM

H.R. Haldeman, G.Gordon Liddy, E. Howard Hunt, Charles Colson,John Ehrlichman, please pick up the red courtesy phone…

kurtzz3 on May 21, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Apologies are due all of these people. Even G. Gordon Liddy the loon.

oldroy on May 21, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Please MSM take up Carney’s question back to you on Obama’s birth certificate!!!! The Sheriff in AZ would be a great place to get the REAL FACTS. Do It! I double dare you to do it.

karlinsync on May 21, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Hello lame duck Barry.

parke on May 21, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Doesn’t matter. The Republicans will push through everything he could ever dream of.

oldroy on May 21, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Anyone in HarHarWard, Coolumbia and OxiDental with any sense of shame , do you have any documents /files to share with the rest of us ?

burrata on May 21, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Hey, Jay, peevish and petulant is no way to go through life.

LASue on May 21, 2013 at 3:43 PM

“Birther”, the “B” word, rhymes with you-know-what, the “N” word, and that is NOT a coincidence as it is used in the same kind of way, for the same kind of purpose and by the same kind of people. That there is anyone who still can not see this is simply astounding.

VorDaj on May 21, 2013 at 3:43 PM

… Instead, any programs he hopes to implement in the next two years will be DOA. All he has left is his executive orders.

Hello lame duck Barry.

parke on May 21, 2013 at 3:38 PM

I do not share your confidence. Amnesty and welfare for the criminal aliens has a very real chance of passing. They’re not giving up on gun control either, the lefties are like a swarm of cockroaches in The Mummy.

Fenris on May 21, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Maybe tomorrow someone will ask him why Lerner is taking the fifth before Congress, and yet apparently still has a job at the IRS.

PetecminMd on May 21, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Questions about Benghazi = Birther

White House Spokesperson = Mouth of Sauron

Lily on May 21, 2013 at 3:45 PM

if questions related to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s fundraising for the Affordable Care Act were also legitimate.

Predictions:

- Obama will learn about it at some future convenient date.

- The narrative and talking points will change.

- A Youtube video will somehow be blamed.

Rinse.Wash.Repeat.

MichaelGabriel on May 21, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Anybody seen this headline link at Drudge?

Top IRS official will invoke Fifth Amendment

“A top IRS official in the division that reviews nonprofit groups will invoke the Fifth Amendment and refuse to answer questions before a House committee investigating the agency’s improper screening of conservative nonprofit groups.

Lois Lerner, the head of the exempt organizations division of the IRS, won’t answer questions about what she knew about the improper screening – or why she didn’t reveal it to Congress, according to a letter from her defense lawyer, William W. Taylor 3rd.

Lerner was scheduled to appear before the House Oversight committee Wednesday….”

http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-top-irs-official-fifth-amendment-20130521,0,6645565.story

BOOM!

workingclass artist on May 21, 2013 at 3:46 PM

BTW… Where is that Birth Certificate…required to be produced foe Soetoro’s I-9 forn….proving he was a citizen and eligible for the job.
III

dirtengineer on May 21, 2013 at 3:46 PM

They’re not giving up on gun control either, the lefties are like a swarm of cockroaches in The Mummy.

Fenris on May 21, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Scarab Beetles.

oldroy on May 21, 2013 at 3:47 PM

And they’ll still cover for him when push comes to shove. They are devoted liberals first, second, and third. They’ll play like they are wheely wheely mad now, boy… and then cover for their boyfriend down the line. We’ve seen this movie.

Sugar Land on May 21, 2013 at 3:28 PM

I didn’t like that movie.

arnold ziffel on May 21, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Since Lerner won’t answer questions, Taylor asked that she be excused from appearing, saying that would “have no purpose other than to embarrass or burden her.”

Force her to invoke the fifth. Who gives a crap if she is burdened or embarrassed. She’s burdened and embarrassed the entire country.

BacaDog on May 21, 2013 at 3:48 PM

When will these people finally get tired of being so obviously and embarrassingly played?

I’m thinking never.

CurtZHP on May 21, 2013 at 3:48 PM

and then a tweet about the IRS guys are pleading the 5th????? Sweet. IRS pleading 5th.

r keller on May 21, 2013 at 3:32 PM

No Way !!

Man-o-man. When the IRS takes the 5th when questioned about practices then you have a real FULL blow story.

Just heard on Hannity. It’s Lerner !

Jabberwock on May 21, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Woulda loved to have heard someone say “no need to get snippy, Jay. What is your answer ?”
Alas.

pambi on May 21, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Anyone who might have thought Carney was something other than a propagandist of the wort sort should take special note of this outburst.

The next Press Secretary should also watch this one, as an object lesson for “when it’s time to resign”.

MTF on May 21, 2013 at 3:49 PM

BTW… Where is that Birth Certificate…required to be produced foe Soetoro’s I-9 forn….proving he was a citizen and eligible for the job.
III

dirtengineer on May 21, 2013 at 3:46 PM

A SS# can be used for e-verify, and that’s what he used :O
just like his drunkel and moochaunty !

burrata on May 21, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Top IRS official will invoke Fifth Amendment

workingclass artist on May 21, 2013 at 3:46 PM

The Fifth Amendment to what?

Is Lerner actually recognizing the existence of the US Constitution? Even going so far as to utilize its protections as she seeks to avoid explaining how she actively sought to deny them to others?

Gingotts on May 21, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Anybody seen this headline link at Drudge?

Top IRS official will invoke Fifth Amendment

workingclass artist on May 21, 2013 at 3:46 PM

This surprises me not at all. I was anticipating at least one person in the IRS scandal to take the 5th since it’s pretty obvious the targeting of conservatives was widely known and nothing was done to shut it down. That tells me that it was sanctioned by someone close to Obama(if not Dear Leader himself) and the IRS officials and employees were following orders. So there’s no way any of them are gonna risk heavy fines and/or jail time by incriminating themselves.

The problem for the Obama regime and the Democrat Party is anyone taking the 5th will only add fuel to what’s already a very big fire.

Doughboy on May 21, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Carney (the Carnival Barker) should just hand out a list of questions that ARE legitimate.

LASue on May 21, 2013 at 3:38 PM

They apparently prepare questions for IRS presentations why not the White House press briefings?/s

KW64 on May 21, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Is Lerner actually recognizing the existence of the US Constitution? Even going so far as to utilize its protections as she seeks to avoid explaining how she actively sought to deny them to others?

Gingotts on May 21, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Grand Slam, right there !!

Jabberwock on May 21, 2013 at 3:52 PM

If the administration is that vehement about denying it, dig further. It’s likely true.

They once called conservative complaints of IRS discrimination a paranoid conspiracy.

Let’s go, media. You can look into this as well. You don’t have to wait for administration permission or approval to look into things like this.

Good Lt on May 21, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Anybody seen this headline link at Drudge?

Top IRS official will invoke Fifth Amendment…

workingclass artist on May 21, 2013 at 3:46 PM

She needs to be impeached. Eric Holder too.

Fenris on May 21, 2013 at 3:52 PM

and then a tweet about the IRS guys are pleading the 5th????? Sweet. IRS pleading 5th.

r keller on May 21, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Invoking the 5th Amendment for violating the 1st Amendment…

Sweet.

MichaelGabriel on May 21, 2013 at 3:53 PM

What about Carney’s birth certificate, where was he born, and was it, in fact, yesterday?

IndieDogg on May 21, 2013 at 3:53 PM

Takes the 5th – the law is irrelevant. Just as public employees and especially the IRS should not be allowed to unionize, they should not be allowed to “take the fifth”…

I wonder if one single question will be asked by the press about this at Tomorrow’s Carney Ride…

oldroy on May 21, 2013 at 3:53 PM

Scarab Beetles.

oldroy on May 21, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Which is just a fancy-schmancy name for cockroach which makes them sound noble, even though they aren’t. Which I guess fits after all.

Fenris on May 21, 2013 at 3:55 PM

you know this is just a fishing expedidition…I mean really ther eis no there….the admin wasn’t doing anything wrong……///

WASHINGTON – A top IRS official in the division that reviews nonprofit groups will invoke the Fifth Amendment and refuse to answer questions before a House committee investigating the agency’s improper screening of conservative nonprofit groups.

Lois Lerner, the head of the exempt organizations division of the IRS, won’t answer questions about what she knew about the improper screening – or why she didn’t reveal it to Congress, according to a letter from her defense lawyer, William W. Taylor 3rd.

Lerner was scheduled to appear before the House Oversight committee Wednesday.

whoa….now why would you need to take the 5th if you did nothing wrong….let the stonewalling begin. Obama acted as if he was untouchable. Now let’s see who goes to jail…

unseen on May 21, 2013 at 3:55 PM

OK. That was bizarre. On meds?

pat on May 21, 2013 at 3:57 PM

Anybody seen this headline link at Drudge?

Top IRS official will invoke Fifth Amendment

workingclass artist on May 21, 2013 at 3:46 PM

This is why we need a special prosecutor. Nothing is going to get done – sure you may get a few political ads having Obama peeps and IRS officials ‘taking the fifth’ and appearing like they know more than they’re telling, nobody will be held accountable until their asses are dragged before a grand jury and put under oath with the threat of jail time for lying.

These little sh*ts are not about to let the truth get out.

We need to get on the horn to Boehner and Issa and demand one. Don’t let the GOP knuckle under.

Ah, hell. What am I saying? It’s the GOP. They’ll do nothing, and nothing will be done.

Good Lt on May 21, 2013 at 3:57 PM

WASHINGTON – A top IRS official in the division that reviews nonprofit groups will invoke the Fifth Amendment and refuse to answer questions before a House committee investigating the agency’s improper screening of conservative nonprofit groups.

Lois Lerner, the head of the exempt organizations division of the IRS, won’t answer questions about what she knew about the improper screening – or why she didn’t reveal it to Congress, according to a letter from her defense lawyer, William W. Taylor 3rd.

Lerner was scheduled to appear before the House Oversight committee Wednesday.

whoa….now why would you need to take the 5th if you did nothing wrong….let the stonewalling begin. Obama acted as if he was untouchable. Now let’s see who goes to jail…

unseen on May 21, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Seriously. March her butt up there and make her plead the fifth to every question you ask.

CurtZHP on May 21, 2013 at 3:58 PM

the proper comeback by the reporter would be well Jayt it seems you and Obama has lied to us about everything else and that the conservatives have been proven right on EVERY topic so yeah maybe we should dig a little deeper into things we passed off before like the birther issue. Do you really want us to go there?

unseen on May 21, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Seriously. March her butt up there and make her plead the fifth to every question you ask.

CurtZHP on May 21, 2013 at 3:58 PM

yeap and play the questions correct. Ask her if Obama or other high admin officals and her discussed the issue when she pleads the 5th its all over.

unseen on May 21, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Questions Major Garret could ask, but wont ask so as not to jeopardize his Cool-Kids Membership card:

Why did Lerner take the 5th?

Why did the POTUS meet with the head of the IRS Union the day before the targeting began?

On Benghazi – were are the first 48 hours of emails?

On Benghazi, did we arm Al Queda with any weapons of any kind?

oldroy on May 21, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Eventually we saw a birth certificate. So keep asking, Major. Or get Trump.

LetsBfrank on May 21, 2013 at 4:00 PM

“Hey guys. It’s Me, Jay Carney. I’m on of you, remember?”

portlandon on May 21, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Carney compares IRS questions to birth certificate inquiries.

Well, the focus should be on all of Obama’s and Team Obama’s bald faced lies to the people of these United states…so in that vein, perhaps Carney has opened the door, as they say in court.

coldwarrior on May 21, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Lerner was scheduled to appear before the House Oversight committee Wednesday

Force her to invoke the fifth.

Make her a$$ appear, put her a$$ under oath, and ask her questions.

The optics of this tool taking the fifth to question after question for hours will be devastating.

BacaDog on May 21, 2013 at 4:01 PM

That anyone even pretends this a$$hat as anything truthful to say speaks volumes to the state of our national media. These fools get what they deserve.

jawkneemusic on May 21, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Don’t know which is more unexpected…That Lerner of the KGB IRS will pleade the 5th or that the LA Times has the headline…

workingclass artist on May 21, 2013 at 4:02 PM

This is why we need a special prosecutor…

Good Lt on May 21, 2013 at 3:57 PM

Which must be appointed by Holder, which won’t happen. The answer is impeachment, not of Obama, start with Lerner or Holder. You can throw them in jail for lying to Congress just as easily, though I agree with you, nothing substantive will happen.

Fenris on May 21, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Taylor, a criminal defense attorney from the Washington firm of Zuckerman Spaeder, said that the Department of Justice has launched a criminal investigation, and that the House committee has asked Lerner to explain why she provided “false or misleading information” to the committee four times last year.

Since Lerner won’t answer questions, Taylor asked that she be excused from appearing, saying that would “have no purpose other than to embarrass or burden her.” There was no immediate word whether the committee will grant her request.

they damn well better no excuse her. Get her in front of the camaera and MAKE her say she takes the 5th. She and the IRS embarrassed thousands of american citizens invaded their privacy and singled them out for government intrusion into their lives. She needs to get an an?@l exame on TV

unseen on May 21, 2013 at 4:03 PM

So it seems like there is a little more than a trickle of news coming. Somebody took their finger out of the Dike?

oldroy on May 21, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Wow; that’s some North Korean-quality hyperbole, there, Mr. Carney. Allow me to invoke some Danny Ackroyd of days-past in response:

“Jay, you ignorant, political slut …”

M240H on May 21, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Anybody seen this headline link at Drudge?

Top IRS official will invoke Fifth Amendment…

workingclass artist on May 21, 2013 at 3:46 PM

She needs to be impeached. Eric Holder too.

Fenris on May 21, 2013 at 3:52 PM

I’m all up for Impeachalooza…

Yep!

workingclass artist on May 21, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Which must be appointed by Holder, which won’t happen. The answer is impeachment, not of Obama, start with Lerner or Holder. You can throw them in jail for lying to Congress just as easily, though I agree with you, nothing substantive will happen.

Fenris on May 21, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Holder is already in contempt of Congress over fast and furious. It’s not a long walk to impeachment for him.

unseen on May 21, 2013 at 4:05 PM

oldroy on May 21, 2013 at 4:04 PM

And Janet is not happy at all….

coldwarrior on May 21, 2013 at 4:05 PM

kind of poetic that the mob whitehouse will plead the 5th. thugs always do the same pattern

unseen on May 21, 2013 at 4:07 PM

They might as well send Art Carney out there to do these briefings. Same results.

Del Dolemonte on May 21, 2013 at 4:07 PM

and then a tweet about the IRS guys are pleading the 5th????? Sweet. IRS pleading 5th.

r keller on May 21, 2013 at 3:32 PM

And where – WHERE – is the Congressman who is putting forth legislation to eliminate the IRS and replace it with a simple flat tax?

Why are they not doing this, and doing it f*cking TODAY???!?

CRUZ, PAUL, RYAN – where the f*ck are you? Wake the f*ck up, please.

Midas on May 21, 2013 at 4:08 PM

And Janet is not happy at all….

coldwarrior on May 21, 2013 at 4:05 PM

I have no idea at all what you are implying…

Besides, she’s busy with all of those Tea-party radical terrorists today.

oldroy on May 21, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Lookie, lookie

Schadenfreude on May 21, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Sibelius is a scumbag(rhymes with ‘door’) who was one of the biggest supporters/patrons of a late-term killer of the unborn.
*Just thought that I’d throw that out there.*

annoyinglittletwerp on May 21, 2013 at 4:09 PM

They might as well send Art Carney out there to do these briefings. Same results.

Del Dolemonte on May 21, 2013 at 4:07 PM

“Address the ball Norton.”

“Helllooo ball!!”

oldroy on May 21, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Sebelius is one of 3 capos for Obama, along with Holder and Napolitano.

She is a scumhag.

Schadenfreude on May 21, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Which must be appointed by Holder, which won’t happen. The answer is impeachment, not of Obama, start with Lerner or Holder. You can throw them in jail for lying to Congress just as easily, though I agree with you, nothing substantive will happen.

Fenris on May 21, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Holder is already in contempt of Congress over fast and furious. It’s not a long walk to impeachment for him.

unseen on May 21, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Well, even though technically he was held “in contempt of Congress” that ruling came just from the House of Representatives. Any impeachment would have to still go thru the Democrat-held Senate, and the chances they will convict the First Black Attorney General are about as good as nonpartisan becoming a Supreme Court Justice.

Del Dolemonte on May 21, 2013 at 4:11 PM

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