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The only people surprised by the Obama snooping scandals. . .

. . . are those who, to borrow a political expression from the left, haven’t been paying attention.

Many of us on the right have long been pointing out that Barack Obama cut his teeth in Chicago politics and long practiced the politics for which that city is famous.  Or perhaps, I should say, infamous.

The only folks in the media who believed the Democrat’s lofty rhetoric about being some new kind of politician were those who repeated his campaign’s, uh, well, talking points and gave short shrift to his actual record.  That is, they took his claims at face value and didn’t investigate his claims.

No wonder they didn’t do much investigating when Tea Party groups started complaining that the IRS was subjecting them to an unusual degree of scrutiny.  Such government behavior didn’t correspond to their image of an open and accountable administration.  The story is not a new one.  The enhanced media attention is.

UPDATE:  From Glenn Reynolds:  “JIM TREACHER: ‘The only difference between this week and every other week for the last 4 years is that for once we’re not the only ones paying attention.’”

Yup, pretty much.

NB:  Tweaked the post to fix some typographical and grammatical errors.



  1. Well written and said as the mainstream media is now giving exposure to the real Obama and Chicago Gang, but I think the MSM already knew his dirty laundry.

    It’s only now that they realize that they could also be a target of state sponsored terrorism after what happened to AP.

    Comment by GreyWolf — May 14, 2013 @ 6:17 pm - May 14, 2013

  2. I think many on the left knew Obama was corrupt and dirty to the core, they just didn’t care.

    I keep thinking to myself about Obama Advisor Davud Plouffe’s response to the IRS scandal. To paraphrase, it was okay for the IRS to target conservative groups because they made money anyway.

    Money and power is all that matters to these people. “Hope and Change” was never anything more than a sappy slogan to draw in the rubes.

    Comment by V the K — May 14, 2013 @ 6:48 pm - May 14, 2013

  3. I don’t see how any conservative could be surprised; hell, my local (Chattanooga, Tn) Tea Party mentioned their tax-ememption battle way back in 2009. The only people surprised are those in the Frankenstein media who created a monster, only to watch it eventually turn on them.

    Comment by Douglas — May 14, 2013 @ 7:09 pm - May 14, 2013

  4. Taxpayer Funded Propaganda says “Scandals may cost Obama his Dream of Bipartisanship.”

    Are they really that stupid?

    Comment by V the K — May 14, 2013 @ 9:33 pm - May 14, 2013

  5. Not being a fan of the liberal media, as well as having contempt for Politico, I must admit I find this story from Politico rather interesting. Certainly worth reading.

    “Say It Ain’t So”

    Comment by mixitup — May 14, 2013 @ 9:54 pm - May 14, 2013

  6. I am OVERJOYED to see this thugocracy begin to circle the drain. Popcorn, anyone?

    Comment by Bastiat Fan — May 14, 2013 @ 10:10 pm - May 14, 2013

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  8. Video: Jon Stewart Destroys Obama Over IRS Scandal & Lack Of ‘Managerial Competence’

    Comment by Steve — May 14, 2013 @ 10:22 pm - May 14, 2013

  9. When you don’t perform your job, it comes back to bite you.

    Comment by davinci — May 14, 2013 @ 11:16 pm - May 14, 2013

  10. In the Soviet Union, the favored ruling class was referred to as the “Nomenklatura”. These people reaped all the benefits of government appointments, favors and even (especially) wealth. Normal citizens who weren’t part of this new class were kept in line by the constant threat of retribution if opposition even crossed their minds. This didn’t mean they all got sent to the gulags – that was only for the real rebels. Most dissidents were kept in line through general harassment by authorities, problems at work, and other threats that might affect their day to day life. This reality alone kept most people in line. It kept most people from speaking out, from joining up with causes that opposed the Party. For those that made the attempt to emigrate, like we did, loss of employment and general harassment by authorities was certain. Disloyalty to the Party, of course. My parents had to deal with that for three years before we were allowed to leave the country. I grew up making phone calls to my grandmother, who was still in the USSR, knowing I couldn’t ask her certain things. Everybody knew they were listening, and opposition wasn’t tolerated.

    For the record – abuse of power, cronyism, favoritism, and enemies lists are the natural outcomes of government expansion and control. The greater the reach of government into our lives, the greater the opportunity for abuse and corruption. Government expansion inherently equals loss of liberty. The existence of a corrupt ruling class at the top is inevitable when government is given that kind of power over other men. It’s not a bug, it’s a feature.

    Comment by V the K — May 14, 2013 @ 11:31 pm - May 14, 2013

  11. So. The administration denied terrorism re. the Benghazi attack. The administration now blames the threat of terrorism as an excuse to collect AP phone records and tap phone lines. Tea Party groups were likened to groups of terrorists and targeted by our IRS.

    Is it better to let things get really bad to better ensure a GOP victory in 2016 or would a President Biden be preferable? Or are we past the point of no return?

    Comment by Ignatius — May 15, 2013 @ 8:58 am - May 15, 2013

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