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Today’s attempted narrative on the IRS scandal: A Republican in the IRS says “Nothing to see here”

Since the Clinton era, we’ve seen the left retreat from reality into a dependence on post-modern narrative. They don’t even bother to hide it; they talk about narrative all the time, and they’ve reached the point where “the fact is” has become a public speaking tic for Democrats that really means “what I prefer you to believe is” or “the accepted leftist narrative is”.*

Narrative isn’t about reality; the post-modern leftists don’t even think there is such a thing as objective reality. Narrative is about what you can get people to believe.

When the left is really having trouble finding a narrative that will stick, they like to use misdirection. For example, they will pull out a single aspect of an issue, even if the aspect was made up or planted just for the purpose, and try to push the meme that “because of this one thing, the rest doesn’t matter”.

We saw the attempt with Benghazi, and the supposedly “doctored” emails. One of our own leftist commenters pushed and pushed on the idea that, because the Republicans doctored emails, the whole Benghazi controversy was obviously ginned up by the Republicans to embarrass Obama, and therefore wasn’t a “real scandal”.

Again, reality doesn’t matter. The Republicans didn’t even get those emails. They got summaries. The summaries came from ABC News, and the Republicans presented what they received. But to a committed leftist and Obama apologist, so what? They’re Republicans! Stop paying attention to stuff like dead ambassadors, bad decisions, and the earlier, failed misdirection about the video. Just dismiss the whole thing because (I claim) Republicans doctored emails.**

The latest attempt of that type in the IRS scandal is to put forth some schmoe in the Cincinnati office who says there’s no evidence Obama is involved, and is (gasp!) a conservative Republican.

This is simple misdirection. First, the guy just describes himself as a conservative Republican. Doesn’t mean he really is. We’ve seen plenty of cases in the past where these supposedly conservative or independent people involved in a situation turned out to be anything but.

Second, the person who put this out, the consistently idiotic Congressman Elijah Cummings, refused to release the full transcript. He released the parts that created the impression he wanted.

So there’s plenty of full story still to come out. That, of course, didn’t stop Joan Walsh at Salon from crowing “Elijah Cummings outplays Darrell Issa”, as if this were some kind of tennis match instead of a deadly serious problem that threatens the very legitimacy of the federal government.

Even if he turns out to have voted straight ticket Republican back to the beginning of time, it doesn’t change some of the basic facts:

– Groups were targeted because of political ideology

– People in Washington signed the letters demanding that were part of the targeting effort

– No one anywhere along the line, no matter what the philosophy, raised a flag about the targeting

This bespeaks a partisan, authoritarian culture in the IRS as an institution. As Dale is fond of pointing out, it’s hard to see how that can possibly be fixed without changing the tax system in such a way that we eliminate the IRS.

That will not stop desperate Obama apologists from seizing on this narrative the way a starving coyote seizes a squirrel. They will state the “established fact” that a conservative Republican says Obama wasn’t involved, and use that as an excuse to hand wave away everything else that anyone says about the IRS scandal. Here is Cummings himself:

“Based upon everything I’ve seen, the case is solved,” he said. “If it were me, I would wrap this case up and move on.”

This is ridiculous. The IRS scandal is bigger than Watergate, bigger than Benghazi, bigger than Fast and Furious, bigger than Iran-Contra, bigger than Monicagate – bigger than any other scandal for the federal government in my lifetime. Teapot Dome isn’t close to this. Even if Obama isn’t directly involved (and he would have to be sand-poundingly stupid to have issued actual directives that resulted in this) his rhetoric towards these groups was a contributing factor, so he bears some responsibility.

None of that is going to change because the leftists have found a new piece of misdirection. Which won’t stop them from bleating about it for while to avoid any real argument, of course.   


* Even some Republicans have picked up this tic. Just goes to show that if you lie down with Demos, you get up with tics….

** Have you noticed that the doctored email narrative excuse is mostly gone now? It didn’t stick as a narrative, because it was obviously false-to-fact from the outset. That didn’t stop leftists from pushing it as a narrative, of course, because they don’t have a connection with reality. They just realized it didn’t work after a while, and moved on to something else. I will be shocked the first time one of them says “Yeah, that was wrong. The Republicans didn’t really doctor emails.” The narrative may be out of the limelight, but the leftists still believe it because it feels so good to believe it.

60 Responses to Today’s attempted narrative on the IRS scandal: A Republican in the IRS says “Nothing to see here”

    Yep. There is still a LOT of stuff to explore here.
    I thought that did a rather nice, concise job of skewering the BS of, “Zee crime, she is solve-ed” by Inspector Cummings.
    Just like Benghazi, there is STILL a whole lot to unearth.

    • It isn’t any one particular offense (although any one of them would have impeached a republican) it is the totality and directivity of offenses that point to malignant intention, rather than simple incompetence.

      • This current situation shows that the use of special prosecutors is dead for at least 20 years.
        There are presently over a half dozen reasons to have a special prosecutor and there are none.
        Exactly when in the future will it ever become even more “dire” than now ?  It won’t.
        The next Democrat to call for a special prosecutor will be laughed out of the Congress.

  • “The narrative may be out of the limelight, but the leftists still believe it because it feels so good to believe it. ”
    Why not, I saw an idiot leftist media person the other day harping on how George Bush outted Valerie Plame during a discussion about White House leaks.
    I don’t bother any more, it’s like trying to explain time zones to a 7 year old.

    • Agreed. They can’t be engaged with. Their time is coming though. This type of thing rarely stays confined to its original intended victims.

    • Ace had a post up over the weekend about Lefty/Progressive/Democrats who just don’t want to know the truth.
      He had an assortment of posts from people who tried to show these folks the truth; only to have the information from Right wing organizations like Columbia University, etc. rejected.

    • I don’t bother any more, it’s like trying to explain time zones to a 7 year old.

      I don’t think intentional deception or, at the very least, willful ignorance should be compared to youth and inexperience.
      These people usually know what they say is false, but say it anyway because they know they can get away with it (due to a lazy and complicit media).

      • Fair point.   You’re right, there is indeed a big difference between simple ignorance and willful stupidity.

  • It’s frightening to hear how uninformed so many allegedly ‘intelligent’ folks are on things like the IRS issue.  They can’t believe their government would / could do such a thing.  The other side is willful (or just plain) ignorance, or the idealogically blinded is that when the facts don’t fit the preconceived narrative, it’s just ignored.

    It’s now beyond annoying, and well into the realm of terrifying.  So where do we go from here?

  • I can only assume that this “a conservative Republican” is somehow related to Harry Reid’s “investor friend” … both are phantoms

  • LOL!  This post reads like satire, but you’re serious.  You guys are killing yourselves by fixating on meaningless scandals and not dealing with the real issues.  The idea that Obama ordered the IRS to investigate tea party groups is insane – of course he or the white house didn’t.  Only a paranoid conspiracy fanatic would drum up some hypothetical “scandal.”  Benghazi already has been proven not to be a scandal, there is NOTHING THERE.  Nothing.
    But keep fixating.  I can see it now, you’ll blame the Obama media for “covering it up” and the public for being apathetic.  You’re convinced there’s something there because you need to believe it.  (The irony is you seemed OK with the false information around the Iraq war that led to real death and harm to US national interest).   There’s nothing there, you’ll be upset that Obama “got away with it” and the persecution complex about “the left” (ah yes, that big collective identity thing, a massive left wing conspiracy no doubt).  It’s funny!  Reading you is like reading the Onion – except you actually take it seriously!   LOL!

    • And reading your comments is like reading the comments of someone who hasn’t been keeping up with their Lithium treatment.
      Why don’t you run along now and invent some more quotes of former national security advisers.

      • or even….secretaries of defense.
        But you memory holed that one huh Prof, cause you’re such an honest guy.

        • “What difference, at this point, DOES it make…?!?!”

          • Every new comment of his is merely serves to reinforce the obvious conclusion that he is a propagandist never to be taken seriously.  It is pointless to attempt to debate him, because his goal is not truth,  He will never concede obvious facts or logical conclusions if they don’t serve his purposes.  He is a disingenuous fraud.  His arguments are so pathetic and transparent, I don’t think anyone who wanders in here would give him any credence.

            I’ve decided to do nothing but mock him henceforth.
            Considering how rotten he has been to others on-line–even going so far as to exploit the suicide of a family member of one of his opponents (*) to mock him–I do enjoy a bit of schadenfreude watching him become more incoherent, the façade crumbling.

          • (*) The man who dubbed Scott a disingenuous fraud was the man he attacked so viciously.  Obviously, identifying exactly what Scott is caused him such anger that he created a fake account (in a very clumsy, obvious way) to sling hatred at the guy.

          • To think that Bush was dogged by a bunch of rabid Democrats over the firing of a bunch of US Attorneys General that he was allowed to fire .. and they called it a scandal

    • I know that Barack Obama and his minions don’t want to believe that just being the President of the United States, the head of the Executive branch of government requires him to be responsible for that part of the government.
      I know it just might come as a surprise, but the reason the POTUS gets to appoint heads to these various agencies is because he is then ultimately responsible.  Contrary to some beliefs, it’s not just so he can control who gets the goodies.
      I strongly suggest that our POTUS mothball Air Force One and get down to being an executive (a task that he is poorly suited to but he isn’t there to be a “Tourist King” or such).

      • Look, Barack gets his news just like the rest of us, at 6:00 Eastern on Friday nights.   He can’t have gotten any of the eavesdropping news from the daily intel briefings because he never attends them.

        • He should at least have the NAS get him an advanced copy of the Times

    • Sure, there is nothing there, which is why people are taking the 5th amendment. Totally normal to have billowing smoke but no fire.
      p.s. The scandal does not require Obama doing anything to still be a scandal…and the fact that he learns everything by watching TV apparently is a mini-scandal in itself.

      • BTW, Erb, there are many other scandals to choose from…EPA head using a fake email account…Richard Windsor, EPA charging some groups for FOIA and waiving charges from others based on political considerations, Sebelius’s actions, IRS releasing data to Austan Goolsbee (most transparent admin refuses to release that investigations’ report.) How many more do you want, because there are a lot more.

        • Not JUST the EPA either.  Carney admitted he himself had a phoney account.

      • Claiming to be ignorant of the matter is hard when you’re “the smartest man in the room” (unless it’s an empty room).

        • And even if he is ignorant, he is responsible on some level. Rumsfeld offered his resignation for the acts of some depraved night shift guards halfway across the world.
          Hillary didn’t. No one else has. The IRS people just get vacay, promotions, or retirement.
          Erb should know the consent to govern (whatever that means) can easily be withdrawn if people feel the system is not fair, not responsive, and there is no accountability.

    • Benghazi already has been proven not to be a scandal, there is NOTHING THERE.  Nothing.

      Then the fact that Stevens EXPRESSLY asked for his security detail to be kept is nothing?
      And it’s nothing that that request was refused?
      And is it nothing that we know nothing about who ordered TWO stand-down orders when rescuers were geared up and ready to deploy?
      One thing we DO know was nothing was your lies about the “doctored emails”.
      Well, we also know your capacity to think is a big, fat nothing.

      • I can accept all of the above as errors of judgement. The lying about the videotape is not an error of judgement however, and is the biggest part of that scandal.
        Note, that the other parts do show incompetence on the part of Hillary and Obama, though.

      • They have now proven that the video had no influence on the attackers.
        The fact that the UN ambassador when on 5 TV news programs and nobody thought to call her after the first spot to say that maybe it wasn’t that clear cut is a scandal in of itself.
        It lead to pissing the hell out of the Libyan President who knew she was full of it.  That is a scandal.
        Then we can talk about letting the last two get overrun after 7 hours had elapsed.  I bet this helps with State Dept recruiting for foreign posts.  Another scandal.
        I’m sure Benghazi is now a selling point for Islamist recruiting as we speak (these sorts of things were so big with those a while back).  Another scandal.

    • More BIG trouble for Old Walleyes Clinton and her tenure as Sec. Of SoftPower(tm)…

    • Thanks for the comic relief, Scott. You can put your head back in the sand now.

      • That’s not sand!
        If he could only see himself as everyone else does, realize that he is fooling not one person, he’d smash his computer and go take up a hobby to occupy his time, in an attempt to forget his utter embarrassment.
        But he can’t see it.  So we get to be witnesses to the spectacle.  It’s a bit like watching people attempting stunts and breaking their limbs, losing their teeth, and whatnot.  Not for the queasy.

    • And thanks for stopping by to provide an illustration for Billy’s post.

      • That’s the part that always amuses me the most. And he’s so clueless he doesn’t even realize that he has done so.

        • In fact, now that I glance at his drivel, I don’t think he even read the post. Nothing he says responds to anything in the post; it’s just generic “you guys are crazy” blather. He goes on about Obama, when I said explicitly that Obama would have to be stupid to give the directive. (Which does not relieve him of responsibility, considering his rhetoric on the subject.)
          I think he just saw what the post was about one or more of the scandals, pushes his “leftist shill button”, and drones out the first thing that pops into his head.

          You can tell he’s particularly desperate when he says something sounds like the Onion.

          • More of an “Honey! I’m HOME!” posting really.  He’s excited to be back.
            I read his posts as if Renfield wrote them.   Very entertaining.

        • Mentioning Erb and “post-modernism” in the same post is redundant.

    • You guys are killing yourselves by fixating on meaningless scandals and not dealing with the real issues.

      Please, please! The Americans are relying on what I called yesterday a desperate and stupid method.

      The idea that Obama ordered the IRS to investigate tea party groups is insane – of course he or the white house didn’t.

      They are sick in their minds. They say they brought 65 tanks into center of city. I say to you this talk is not true. This is part of their sick mind.

      Benghazi already has been proven not to be a scandal, there is NOTHING THERE.  Nothing.

      There are no American infidels in Baghdad. Never!

      • You guys are killing yourselves by fixating on meaningless scandals and not dealing with the real issues.
        Americans say the scandal surrounding the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups is more important than both the controversy over the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi and the seizure of Associated Press phone records, according to a new poll.
        A Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday found that 44 percent of registered voters surveyed consider the IRS scandal the most significant of the three controversies. Benghazi was more important to 24 percent of voters, while 15 percent prioritize the DOJ’s decision to look into the AP’s phone calls.
        Amid the intense national focus on both the IRS and AP cases, public opinion is turning against Attorney General Eric Holder. The Quinnipiac poll found 76 percent of voters would prefer a special prosecutor to take over for Holder on the IRS investigation, while Holder himself received a job approval rating of a rather low 23 to 39 percent.
        Yep.  Just awful how we are killing ourselves…  Heh!

    • “Ahh, but the strawberries that’s… that’s where I had them. They laughed at me and made jokes but I proved beyond the shadow of a doubt and with… geometric logic… that these were NOT scandals! AND that a duplicate key to the wardroom icebox DID exist!
      Now, if you could just figure out who had the keys Scott, you’d be able to prove for sure who took the strawberries.

      • Cute, but a lil’ off.
        Erp lacks any balls, and totally lost his bearings.

        • Heh,
          yeah, I missed it on logic too, he would use quantum logic, not geometric.

    • I don’t bother any more, it’s like trying to explain time zones to a 7 year old.

      And out he crawls from his rock to prove the point.

      Your time is coming Erb.
      Your time is coming.

      • It would be fitting if Scott had to suffer every burden he wants to put on others, but he chose a career path which shields him from the consequences.
        But his children will likely live long enough to be stuck with the consequences.  If they are protected, it will likely be because Scott does everything for which he derides the “privileged”, for the “structural inequalities” and whatnot.

    • <blockquote>The idea that Obama ordered the IRS to investigate tea party groups is insane – of course he or the white house didn’t.</blockquote>
      Of course he didn’t; he just gave a meaningful glance to Lois and said, “Will no one rid me of these turbulent Tea Partiers?”

  • The heart of the effort to target tea-party and other conservative groups, we are learning, occurred in Washington, and that is likely why five D.C.-based IRS officials who are connected to the targeting have retired or resigned, or been replaced or put on administrative leave, since news of the scandal broke in mid May. They include Holly Paz, who last week, according to an IRS source, was replaced as director of Rulings and Agreements, the division that oversaw the targeting of conservative groups; Washington lawyer Carter Hull, who is accused of micromanaging the processing of tea-party cases, and who, according to IRS sources, requested his retirement package on March 12; the commissioner of the agency’s Tax Exempt and Government Entities division, Joseph Grant, who retired on June 3; former IRS commissioner Steven Miller, who resigned days after news of the scandal broke; and the director of the IRS’s Exempt Organizations division, Lois Lerner, who was placed on administrative leave only after refusing to tender her resignation, according to Iowa’s Chuck Grassley. All five are or were based in the IRS’s headquarters on Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C.
    But that whole idea that these people were acting in consonance with the Chicago Way
    that’s just kwazy talk…
    People don’t need to be told expressly what to do.  Collectivists have the same goals, and the same methods to reach them.

  • Once again Erb enters the forum and BECLOWNS himself defending his messiah, even when said messiah has not even been implicated.  And once again Erb can go back to his masters in the Democratic party and put in his claim for 30 pieces of silver.  Nothing would bring more happiness to Erb and those of his mindset than for the US to follow in the socialist footsteps of Europe and God help anyone whose ideals do not match his own.  The really sad part is Erb is also a so-called professor teaching the young people of our nation and, in the process, imparting to them the same sort of blindness to the workings of progressive intent.

  • Erb, on his own Blog, stated on 16 May, “And as predicted, the scandals are falling apart.”  He then provided a link to the a Washington Post article supporting his claim.  It is now the 10th of June, 25 days later, and the controversies (scandals) are still in the headlines – and even joined by new ones.  For Erb and any other Koolaide drinkers visiting this site, I will make a prediction:  It has only just begun!!!  The dam is starting to collapse.  Media is in the beginning of multiple scandals, many of which haven’t even his the radar yet.  And what do you expect?  Give an incompetent the reins of government and once the bloom is off the rose, watch the stink start to rise.  Obama has lost much of the blind allegiance he once had from the media and once that happens the snowball effect begins.  Soon journalists, once slobbering over their messiah, will see him for what he truly is – a con artist with no talent at all except reading from a teleprompter.  And when that realization sinks in and takes hold they will all become Woodward & Bernstein wannabes.  Erb, you haven’t seen nothing yet!!!! Pass the popcorn, the show is starting to get good!!!

    • How long before other comedians besides Leno join in the attacks?

      • Never will. Bunch of neuters. Even Jim Norton whom is hilarious refuses to really go all in.
        “Truth tellers”

        • I wouldn’t include Letterman among the “neuters”.  I hadn’t consistently watched late night talk shows since the 80s, but I quit watching him entirely when he turned into an attack dog for Democrats, constantly attacking Palin and shilling for every left winger and global warming alarmist.  Not that I have any respect for Palin’s politics or abilities, but it was sickening to watch his rabid behavior.  So, it’s not that he’s afraid to poke fun at Obama.  It’s that he doesn’t want to because he’s on his side.
          Leno is about to retire so he doesn’t have to kiss anyone’s butt.

  • Apparently, having Pres. Snoop-Dog be “outraged” at a body is a great career move.
    1. you get to sit on your butt at home
    2. collecting your six-figure paycheck
    3. riff though taxpayers’ personal data
    Helluva deal…!!!

  • Elijah Cummings is now supposedly saying that a “conservative Republican” manager in Cinninatti has fessed up to the whole thing, so we can now “move along”

  • Since the Clinton era, we’ve seen the left retreat from reality into a dependence on post-modern narrative.

    Umm…Billy? That goes back wayyyy before Clinton. By the 60s, it was entrenched in the “Beatnik” culture and it achieved the name “The New Left”. AAMOF, it goes, in many respects, to Sarte in the 40s.
    One could even see its roots in academia, who was in loves with Hegel, in the 80s…the 1880s.
    Could someone imagine the furor over a Republican making even a scratch of the stupidity of remarks that Cummings makes every week? Or Wasserman…or any number of psychotic leftists?
    As for the purported “conservative Republican”, you’re right, that BS has been puked up several times, such as:

    • That goes back wayyyy before Clinton.

      Yes indeed, but perhaps I didn’t state what I meant as well as I could. I meant that post-modern doctrinaire leftism was formerly not the dominant philosophy of the left-liberal mainstream of the Democratic Party. The left-liberal leaning Jimmy Carter, for example, was clueless and incompetent, but not a post-modern “the left is never wrong” type. He actually decreased government control over transportation, for example, something that a doctrinaire leftist would never have done. Unlike Obama, he didn’t tend to present radically different messages to different audiences, and claim there was no contradiction, which is a post-modern leftist trait.
      After he left office, the embittered Carter drifted further and further to the left, mirroring the drift of his party and the political class that made it up. But when he was president, I could listen to Carter and critique what he said in Enlightenment terms. I could not do that with Clinton or Obama – their use of language is so slippery that Enlightenment concepts about reality can’t be used to interpret what they say.

  • FBI conducts investigation .. ignores victims
    There is no evidence that the FBI has contacted a single tea party group in its criminal investigation of the Internal Revenue Service, according to the groups the IRS abused.

    “We have not been contacted by any federal investigative agency and, to date, none of our clients have been contacted or interviewed by the FBI,” Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice told The Daily Caller on Thursday. The ACLJ has filed suit against the IRS on behalf of 25 conservative groups, with additional groups being added in the next couple weeks, according to a spokesman.