Krauthammer: Obama “Understands He’s Losing His Constituency – The Media” (Video)

On Special Report, tonight, Charles Krauthammer characterized Obama’s short presser as a “holding operation” because Obama understands he’s losing his core constituency – the media.

“That was the absolute minimum he could have done, he said. He relieves one person – he obviously had to – he had to relieve at least one person and he chose, of course, the acting commissioner.”

The funny thing about that is,  Steven Miller, the “Fired” Acting IRS Commissioner Was Set To Resign… in June.

And who even cares? He had little to do with the IRS harassment of conservatives, anyway. He was hired in November of 2012, two years into the IRS’s targeting of conservatives for political reasons.  The SOB who lied to Congress is Doug Shulman, seen here telling the House Ways & Means Subcommittee that his agency was not engaged in the targeting of tea party organizations even while they doing it hot and heavily.

Said Krauthammer of Obama’s statement:

And then he says there’s going to be an investigation from Treasury. Well, that just means that the left hand of the government investigating the right hand. He did say he’d cooperate with Congress, but then he has the chutzpa to essentially warn republicans not to make this into a political event.

[W]e’re talking about is the IRS applying political criteria — inexcusably, unconstitutionally, probably criminally — and deciding who it’s going to investigate.

“I found this the bare minimum,” he concluded. “It’ll hold them for 12 hours, but no more.”

Video via Greg Hengler, Townhall.

By the way, Krauthammer wasn’t the first person to call the media Obama’s “most important constituency”, today. That honor goes to Lisa Myers, this morning.

UPDATE May 17:

Oh I take back what I said about Miller, earlier. Based on his evasive testimony in front of the House Ways and Means Committee, today, this weasel is knee deep in this scandal.

 

Video: Holder And Issa Spar During Judicial Hearing

Attorney General Eric Holder faced tough questioning today in a House Judiciary hearing which focused largely on The IRS, AP wiretapping and Benghazi scandals.

The Chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Darrell Issa spent his time pestering Holder about assistant attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice, Thomas Perez, the radical ideologue who is Obama’s pick to be the next Secretary of labor. The gut-wrenchingly corrupt Perez has so spooked Republicans on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, they have delayed a vote on his nomination twice, now. The next committee vote on his nomination is scheduled for May 18.

Issa asked Holder why the DOJ hasn’t turned over the 1,200 private emails from Perez that have been requested in a bipartisan subpoena. Issa has accused Perez of using his private email account to conduct DOJ business.

Issa informed Holder that Perez had disclosed (apparently) “none then 1 then 2 then 34 then 35 emails that violated the federal records act. Your office has only let us see just yesterday or today, the to and from on the emails. (Good grief!)  We have not seen the contents….” At this point, Senator Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) interjected and tried to run interference for Holder. She was eventually slapped down by the mild mannered committee chairman, Rep Bob Goldblatte.

Holder simpered, “I’m sure there must have been a good reason why only the to and from parts were released.”

“Yeah, you didn’t want us to see the details,” Issa shot back. (Woot!)  At which point an agitated Holder responded, “That is inappropriate and is too consistent with the way in which you conduct yourself as a member of Congress. It’s unacceptable, and it’s shameful.”

Issa was giving the  Attorney General, (who refuses to step down even after being held in Criminal Contempt of  Congress),  exactly the amount of respect  he deserves, and I was glad to see it.

Linked by Doug Ross, thanks!

Random Photos From #BlogCon2013

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ND in Glenn Beck’s studio

This past weekend (May 11-13) I attended BlogCon 2013 in Dallas, Texas which was sponsored by Freedomworks and The Blaze. 

The conference was an opportunity to network with like-minded bloggers and learn new tools of the trade. The focus this year was on the need to disrupt the media narrative and ways to do it. On Monday, the conference culminated in a trip to Glenn Beck’s studio in Dallas to watch a live filming of his show, and participate in a taping of his show which will be aired, Friday. I’ve already posted videos from the show that aired live on Monday about Benghazi and the IRS scandal. Friday’s show will be about us bloggers.

Here are some pictures from the conference – all taken with my iphone. (So if you’re expecting great pictures, you’re not going to get it.)

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The Conference room

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Steven Crowder

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Kristina Ribali of Freedomworks

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Video: Boehner: ‘My Question Isn’t Who’s Going To Resign, My Question Is Who’s Going To Jail Over This Scandal?’

The Speaker of the House, John Boehner had strong words, this morning, for the miscreants who were involved in the IRS scandal that is currently engulfing the Regime in controversy.

“The IRS has admitted to targeting conservatives. Even if the White House continues to be stuck on the word, ‘if'”, Boehner started. “My question isn’t who’s going to resign, my question is going to jail over this scandal.”

I wish we’d heard those words during the Fast and Furious and Benghazi scandals, but better late than never.

“I’m glad to hear the Speaker fired up”, Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) said in an appearance on Fox News, not too long ago.

“In scandal after scandal, you hear people ‘taking responsibility’, but no one is ever held accountable”.

Video via Massteaparty

But wait – there’s more:

Human Events: IRS SUED FOR STEALING THE MEDICAL RECORDS OF 10 MILLION AMERICANS:

The last scandal dampening rods just failed, and the reactor core at the Internal Revenue service may be about to blow.  From Healthcare IT News:

The Internal Revenue Service is now facing a class action lawsuit over allegations that it improperly accessed and stole the health records of some 10 million Americans, including medical records of all California state judges.

According to a report by Courthousenews.com, an unnamed HIPAA-covered entity in California is suing the IRS, alleging that some 60 million medical records from 10 million patients were stolen by 15 IRS agents. The personal health information seized on March 11, 2011, included psychological counseling, gynecological counseling, sexual/drug treatment and other medical treatment data.

“This is an action involving the corruption and abuse of power by several Internal Revenue Service agents,” the complaint reads. “No search warrant authorized the seizure of these records; no subpoena authorized the seizure of these records; none of the 10,000,000 Americans were under any kind of known criminal or civil investigation and their medical records had no relevance whatsoever to the IRS search.

SEE ALSO:

The Conversation:

IRS IG Report Could Not Determine Who Was Involved in Creating Criteria

IRS and the Beckett protocol

When Did The ‘Micromanaging President’ Become ‘President Passerby’?

John Nolte, Big Journalism: BACKFIRE: ABC, CNN, NBC CALL FOR WHITE HOUSE TO RELEASE BENGHAZI EMAILS

John Nolte, Big Journalism: MEDIA MATTERS DISTRIBUTES TALKING POINTS TO DEFEND DOJ SPYING ON AP REPORTERS

Jim Geraghty, Campaign Spot: The Mask Is Ripped Off of ‘Hope and Change’

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Targeted By IRS

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Tuesday, Franklin Graham of  theBilly Graham Evangelistic Association sent a letter of complaint to the President, in which he claimed that the IRS was  targeting his  father’s famous ministry.

Here’s a screenshot of the letter, via The Tarheel Report:

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RedState.com reports that Mark Demoss, a spokesman for Graham, said the ministry had never been audited by the IRS in its history.

“These certainly appear to be politically motivated since the ministry had run some newspaper ads – not mentioning any candidates – simply urging people to vote for candidates with biblical values,” he said.

DeMoss called the IRS audit “very troubling and said it could have a “chilling effect on people across the country.”

I wouldn’t be surprised if other Christian organizations start coming out of the woodwork with similar complaints.

It’s going to be a long hot summer for the White House.

SEE ALSO:

The Conversation:

Sen. Paul Proposes Resolution Condemning IRS, Ted Cruz Blasts Obama in Oped

After a Rough Day in the White House, Democrat Strategist Hilary Rosen Tweets #SupportJayCarney

Issa: ‘IG #IRS Report Raises More Questions Than Answers’