Jim McDermott to Megyn Kelly: How can we be sure these IRS tea-party victims are telling the truth?

posted at 3:21 pm on June 5, 2013 by Allahpundit

A follow-up to yesterday’s victim-blaming. Kelly, who was as angry as anyone at his “you don’t need to apply for tax exemption” shpiel, brought him on today to clarify. His clarification: He said repeatedly during the hearing that some of the IRS’s questions to tea-party groups were inappropriate, which is super but doesn’t really answer the criticism. If the government behaved inappropriately, why focus on the groups’ decision to apply for exemption in the first place? He’s basically accusing them of making a mountain out of a molehill, emphasizing that no matter how egregiously the IRS behaved, they couldn’t stop the groups from operating without tax exemption. They could still go out there and preach the tea-party gospel; they’d just have to do it, at least for awhile, without the benefit of 501(c)(4) status that liberal groups have comparatively little trouble obtaining. Tough it out, wingnuts. Presumably, if a high-school student applied for federal college loans and the application was held up for discriminatory reasons, McDermott would shrug and say, hey — no one’s stopping the kid from finding the tuition money elsewhere, right? Technically true, but waaay beside the point.

And of course, as Kelly notes, discriminatory processing of tea-party applications does affect how the groups operate. Some groups, fearful of IRS intrusiveness, won’t apply for exemption at all; some people thinking of starting a group might decide not to. The key bit here, via Twitchy, comes at around 2:40 when Kelly presses McDermott on what one witness said yesterday about losing out on a $30,000 donation because the group couldn’t obtain 501(c)(4) status in timely fashion. McDermott’s reply: How do we know that’s true? Testimony is testimony, but where’s the evidence? And that’s where we are this afternoon, with a top Democrat insisting he’s not blaming the victims while idly wondering if they’re lying to Congress, and whether maybe they should suck it up on the exemption process when liberal groups aren’t being asked to.

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How do you know you have a brain, Senator?

Let’s see the evidence.

listens2glenn on June 5, 2013 at 11:25 PM

McDermott’s suggestion of (I’m paraphrasing) “They had it coming since they applied for tax exempt status” created a picture in my mind of him saying, in the same dismissive voice “She had it coming because of how provocatively she was dressed” when talking about the victim of a viscous rape.

I’d call him a “zero” but that’s giving him too much credit.


electric-rascal on June 5, 2013 at 11:30 PM

I have zero patience with Dems like McDermitt. Thats it i’m using my mind laser beam and I’m aiming it straight at this tools head. Hows that headache Jimbo? Oh how I wish. If I had superpowers these Dems would be gone.

neyney on June 5, 2013 at 11:43 PM

Well he emboldened the left wing attack press. They are not even pretending to be alarmed at the IRS being used as a private political police force… they are now saying people who don’t like it are racists.

petunia on June 5, 2013 at 11:48 PM

I was listening to NPR yesterday (I know, I know) and they were spewing the same drivel… “Conservatives are babies and cry when they have to fill out forms.” Nothing to see here except cry-babies.

Makes me absolutely sick to think that our tax dollars are paying for NPR which is acting like TASS (in Russia) or State-run media (in China).

RedManBlueState on June 6, 2013 at 11:36 AM

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