It turns out the IRS was investigating conservative organizations seeking tax-exempt status. Duh! And the TSA has been looking at people seeking to get on airplanes. None of the conservative organizations that the IRS was “targeting” were denied tax-exempt status. If this was a conspiracy, it’s even more difficult to figure out than President Obama’s so-called “cover up” of Benghazi. No wonder Republicans spend so much time looking at these so-called scandals—they’re so hard to see.
Meanwhile, the Associated Press is angry that the Justice Department secretly seized phone records for several AP reporters and editors. The AP is more upset about the Justice Department under Obama getting a subpoena to look at their phone records than they were about the Justice Department under Bush looking at everybody’s phone records without a subpoena.
President Obama called the obsession over Benghazi a “sideshow.” He said “We don’t have time to be playing these kinds of political games here in Washington.” Maybe you don’t have time, Mr. President, but the Republicans in Congress certainly do—these kinds of political games are all that they do. The President also said “Suddenly, three days ago this gets spun up as if there’s something new to the story. There’s no ‘there’ there.” There’s no there anywhere—Republicans have been looking for it everywhere.
There are currently five separate committees investigating Benghazi. They’re putting more energy into investigating Benghazi than is put into researching cancer. If Republicans allocated as many resources into investigating extra-terrestrial life as the do into investigating Benghazi, we would already be communicating with space aliens. In all, one-third of House committees are engaged in investigating some aspect of the Obama administration! This is no longer a legislative body—it’s become a grand jury!
Oversight is a legitimate function of Congress—but this has gone way past oversight and straight into overkill. The legislative branch it trying to destroy the executive branch! This is like one of those diseases where the body’s immune system starts to attack the body itself. The Founding Fathers set up separate branches of government to so that they could check and balance each other, not so they could kill and eat each other. This is the same Whitewater and Lewinsky approach they used to derail the Clinton administration—just keep slinging mud. At the very least, Obama will have to spend a lot of his time dodging mud instead of advancing his agenda.
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Attorney General Eric Holder earlier today addressing the AP phone records subpoena...