Tagged Tea Party

The Democratic Party’s Failure on Trade Policy

As anyone who follows the news is aware, Barack Obama’s biggest legislative goal for his second term is to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. He may well get fast-track authority in order to push for passage of the agreement, and the agreement may yet pass. I hope that he does get fast-track authority, and that the agreement passes. But as anyone who follows the news is also aware, the initial attempt to pass fast-track authority failed in the House of Representatives, because Democrats decided to desert and defy a president from their own party:

The Rejection of Democrats and the Obama Agenda, and a Massive Republican Victory

There can be no denying that the midterm elections represent a mandate for Republicans and a massive repudiation for Democrats. The Republican defeat was surprising and devastating; in my own home state of Illinois, Bruce Rauner wrested the governor’s mansion from Pat Quinn–arguably the worst governor in the country–despite desperate and relentless negative attacks on Quinn that tried to make him appear to to be an unfeeling and uncaring billionaire with no conception of how to relate to working class families. That this repudiation occurred in the home state of the president of the United States–where President Obama actually was…

More Regarding that IRS Scandal which Supposedly Isn’t a Scandal

A lot of suspicious things seem to be happening in this allegedly non-scandalous environment: The IRS says it has lost emails from five more workers who are part of congressional investigations into the treatment of conservative groups that applied for tax exempt status. The tax agency said in June that it could not locate an untold number of emails to and from Lois Lerner, who headed the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. The revelation set off a new round of investigations and congressional hearings. On Friday, the IRS said it has also lost emails from five other…

Shorter Elijah Cummings

“How dare Republicans harass the head of the IRS, who said that Lois Lerner’s e-mails may not be recoverable, even though, as it turns out, Lois Lerner’s e-mails may indeed be recoverable, and for all we know, the head of the IRS may be wrong about other things as well!”

That Scandal the Obama Administration Assures Us Is Not a Scandal Sure Seems Scandalous

Wow: Anyone paying attention to the Internal Revenue Service scandal has been waiting for the next smidgen to drop. Well, two more hit pretty hard this week. At the president’s next encounter with the media, I will scream collusion if no one asks him for his exact definition of a “smidgen,” and if he thinks he has seen a smidgen of corruption yet. At this point, only the most gullible or culpable can continue to claim there is no compelling evidence in this case. Given the delays, lies and stonewalling, there is no viable argument against a special prosecutor. In a…

Reggie Walton Seems to Think that the IRS Scandal Is a Real Scandal

And since he is a federal judge, and everything, his thoughts carry a fair amount of weight: IRS attorneys will be even busier than normal next week, because another federal judge has told them to show up in court July 11 to defend the federal tax agency. They will have to explain to U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton why the IRS shouldn’t be required to let an outside expert evaluate whether emails on the computer hard drives of former IRS official Lois Lerner and six colleagues really are lost forever, as the agency recently told Congress. Responding to a motion filed Monday…

Not Classy. Not Classy At All.

My move to new digs last week prevented me from providing commentary on last week’s Republican primaries. After the ouster of Eric Cantor, I imagine that many Tea Party types were confident that they would rack up more victories against Republicans they perceived as unfaithful to The Cause. So much for that notion. The Tea Party’s biggest loss came in Mississippi, where candidate Chris McDaniel failed to beat out incumbent Thad Cochran in the Republican senatorial primary. McDaniel has not only refused to concede to Cochran, he’s also decided to mount the most desperate of challenges to Cochran’s victory: Following his…

This Is What Integrity Looks Like

Wouldn’t it have been nice if someone like Johnnie Walters were in charge of the Internal Revenue Service these past several years? Johnnie M. Walters, a commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service under President Richard M. Nixon who left office after refusing to prosecute people on Nixon’s notorious “enemies list,” died on Tuesday at his home in Greenville, S.C. He was 94. His son Hilton confirmed the death. Nixon had fired his first I.R.S. commissioner, Randolph W. Thrower, for resisting White House pressure to punish political opponents. Mr. Thrower, who served from 1969 to 1971, died at 100 in March. Mr. Walters represented the Middle American…

Attention: The IRS Scandal Is Still a Scandal

I continue to be trapped in The Hellish Process That Is Moving, so blogging has been lighter than I have wanted it to be. I am hopelessly behind in some of the stories that I have wanted to write about, which is why I haven’t written recently about how the IRS scandal has gone from bad to worse. So, let me mention in this post the fact that the IRS scandal has gone from bad to worse. Anyone not living under a rock now knows that Lois Lerner and Friends have conveniently lost a bunch of e-mails. And yes, the IRS…

Rose Mary Woods, Meet Lois Lerner

I am still in the midst of moving Hell, so blogging will remain slow, but let it be noted that the famous 18 and 1/2 minute gap in the Nixon tapes has at long last met its modern day match. A hard drive crash has eliminated all of the e-mails of Lois Lerner, the central figure in the scandal involving the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups. What’s more; a host of other figures from the scandal have also had their e-mails deleted, and the recycling of Lerner’s hard drive means that Lerner’s e-mails are likely lost forever, despite the fact that…