posted at 6:40 pm on May 29, 2013 by Guy Benson
[My note: See AP’s homepage post on this for more]. The lesson: This White House is preposterously easy to “satisfy” when nominal satisfaction is the goal. The subtext: They really do think we’re stupid.
Consider these decidedly unsatisfactory details:
Let’s recall just how “responsive” they’ve been so far. Lois Lerner, the woman at the heart of the scandal refused to answer any questions, regardless of subject. Carney declined to offer an opinion on her performance last week, but now the verdict is in: Satisfactory. Former IRS chief Douglas Shulman couldn’t quite recall whether he’d discussed IRS abuse during any of his 118 White House visits between 2010 and 2011. This is a man who furnished Congress with false information about whether inappropriate targeting was taking place in 2012, then chose not to correct the record when he discovered the truth (which he claims to have found out weeks after his infamous Congressional testimony). Amidst a blizzard of carefully-worded obfuscations and evasions of personal responsibility, Shulman said he was “very comfortable” with his job performance. The IRS’ now-departing acting commissioner chalked up his organization’s deliberate program of abuse to “horrible customer service.” Neither Shulman nor Miller could (read: would) name a single name regarding who, specifically, was responsible for the targeting abuse. Even the IRS’ Inspector General couldn’t adequately explain why his findings were delayed until after the election — or why he didn’t keep Congressional investigators updated on the key findings of his audit as it unfolded, as required by law.
Shorter Carney: Heckuva job, Lois & Co.
UPDATE – Consider the president’s rhetoric about the IRS targeting scandal when the story went public. Obama declared himself “angry” over the “inexcusable” practice, vowing to “do everything in my power to make sure that nothing like this ever happens again, by holding the responsible parties accountable.” Outrage, accountability, etc. Now juxtapose Obama’s words with his spokesman’s new posture that the White House is “satisfied” with the manner in which IRS honchos have conducted themselves during Congressional hearings. I’m not sure how you can read Carney’s assessment as anything other than an endorsement of parsed, cynical stonewalling. What an embarrassing answer. Will Garrett et al press Carney on this tomorrow?
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