In a blow to confidential sources everywhere, the Justice Department used a scoop about a foiled Al-Qaeda plot to seize AP phone records from last April…
Wow. That happened an even longer time ago than Benghazi.
I’m not downplaying it – I’m just attempting to puzzle out this administration’s thought process, and some days go better than others.
Hey Mister President, I have a follow-up query for you. When you vowed not to be distracted by “fleeting issues” in Baltimore which ones were you referring to: terrorism or the First Amendment?
(Has the Obama administration tried “these aren’t scandals; they’re really man-caused disasters?”)
Seriously guys, what are you people down in the Beltway thinking as you report on all this? Of course there’s no “there there.” (If there were they’d have your phone records by now.)
And after reading the initial responses about the burgeoning IRS scandal, I entertained the notion that what might cripple this administration is simply their insouciant use of the passive voice.
Conservatives were audited. Phone records were arrogated. Talking points were altered. Mistakes were made.
God forbid Republicans switch to some good old-fashioned active voice sentence structure and try attaching nouns to some of those verbs. That would only politicize things. (Either we’re seeing some systemic obfuscation or this is yet another rearguard action in the War on Grammar.)
That’s not to say there hasn’t been a learning curve in terms of damage control. I’m not sure who thought up the president’s take-a-prime-minister-to-work-day stratagem, but it’s a thousand times more entertaining than Jay Carney’s initial ‘the-truth-ate-my-homework’ response.
However, if he gives another singing-in-the-rain-press-conference maybe Obama could mix things up and stand next to an AP reporter instead. At a minimum, that would send the message that this administration understands other people’s diplomats, heads of state, and assorted plenipotentiaries are not Get Out of Jail Free cards when it comes to the IRS.
This edition of Hump Day Humor includes Laura Ingraham, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Dom Giordano with Marion Bower, and Hugh Hewitt – a small sampling of quips, non sequiturs, sarcastic commentary, and anything else that might put a smile on your face.
Laura Ingraham Show 05/20/13 on Philadelphia’s 1180 AM WFYL
Regarding White House Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer’s Sunday talk show appearances and unwillingness to provide details about the president’s whereabouts during the terrorist attack in Benghazi on 9/11
Laura: Dan Pfeiffer has really outdone Baghdad Bob. He’s Benghazi Dan. ‘In fact, what the president was doing that night doesn’t matter. It’s irrelevant.’ I love that.
Regarding speculation about the president’s whereabouts
Laura: I’m just saying – let’s for instance think he might have – I’m just guessing because they won’t tell us so we just have to guess. If they told us we wouldn’t have to guess anymore. I’m thinking the elliptical trainer, maybe a little core body workout? Maybe, I don’t know, sweating to the oldies?
Rush Limbaugh Show 05/17/13 on Philadelphia’s WWIQ 106.9 FM
Regarding ongoing IRS hearings
Rush: You know folks I got a quick question here. We’ve been playing these sound bites of the IRS people all morning. And we’ve been talking about it and we just had the IRS guy Steven Miller say ‘no, there’s nothing wrong with targeting these groups. And no there’s nothing wrong with that.’ Would somebody tell me why in the world the guy is being fired? The guy didn’t do anything wrong.
Mark Levin Show 05/15/13 on Philadelphia’s WWIQ 106.9 FM
Regarding the president’s response to recent scandals and the need to fundamentally transform the IRS
Mark: Obama doesn’t know what the hell’s going on, or does he? Well he knows now. And look what he’s done, next to nothing. The acting head of the IRS, the acting commissioner, said he was out in early June anyway. And that’s why he’s leaving. Wow, big deal he’s leaving a few weeks early. What’s today Mister Producer, May what-the-hell-is-it? May 15th. So the guy was leaving in two and a half weeks. Wow Mister President, you’re really putting your foot down.
Dom Giordano Show 05/15/13 on Philadelphia’s WPHT 1210 AM
Speaking with Marion Bower of American Patriots Against Govt Excess regarding IRS targeting of Tea Party groups
Bower: The first batch of the questions that we got we thought well maybe this was normal. They didn’t seem too bad. The second batch of questions were asking more and more and more in-depth stuff. And one of the things they said was because you do book studies would you send us a synopsis of the books and anything that you give out to people at rallies or meetings. And we give away Pocket Constitutions.
Dom: Oh my God, the Republic is over hearing that Marion.
Bower: So when we responded to the second questionnaire I told somebody, I said, I’m 68 years-old. We started this Tea Party because we did not want to sit back and let what was happening to our country happen to our grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It was important to get involved even this late. And I said I haven’t done a book report since I was in high school, and I’m not going to start now.
Hugh Hewitt Show 05/13/13 on Philadelphia’s 990 AM WNTP
Regarding a series of “fleeting issues”
Hugh: Really, it’s like a Vesuvius of scandal.
Regarding the scandals that are proliferating like tribbles
Hugh: Oh my God, the IRS, the HHS, the EPA. And what did they do at the DOJ? They took the AP’s phone records in the dumbest move ever by a besieged president? Is he channeling Nixon?
Oh the Trouble with Tribbles…
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