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Karl Rove Outfoxes the Clintons

The media may tell you otherwise, but Karl Rove just scored one of the few unequivocal victories over the Clinton machine.  Some will say his question about Mrs. Clinton’s health will backfire (search), but on whom?  Mr. Rove isn’t running for office.

It was Mr. Clinton himself who awarded the laurels to the Republican strategies when the Democrat vouched for “his wife Hillary’s health“.

As Stephen Kruiser put it in a quoting the article linked above:

I’m sure that this is just an attention getting evil genius ploy on the part of Karl Rove, but I am enjoying it because he’s giving them a taste of their own medicine. Pulling something out of thin air to get the character assassination rumor mill fired up is classic Clinton. The mere fact that Bubba even had to answer a question about it is a minor victory for Rove.

My only quibble with Kruiser relates to the magnitude of the victory.  It’s not minor.  It’s significant.   The media are now talking about Hillary’s health (if only to denounce Rove).  But, still Americans are thinking about her health.  And asking questions.

There will be calls for the former Secretary of State to release her medical records.  And questions about her health will persist if when she fails to do so. (more…)

Gay-Baiting Gutter Politics

I think Juan tipped this story.

Carl DeMaio is an openly gay Republican running for Congress in southern California. His campaign literature features pictures of himself with his longtime partner. He has been subject to increasingly homophobic attacks from lefty supporters of his Democrat opponent.

One false attack drew the attention of the San Diego Ethics Commission. An anonymous left-wing group funded a SuperPac and sent mailers of DeMaio Photoshopped next to a drag queen to neighborhoods with a majority of elderly and African-American voters, knowing that such a photo would depress support for DeMaio.

That was so egregious and false that the group was fined by the city’s Ethics Commission, but even after that, and with his 100 percent voting record with the LGBT community, the Left still didn’t speak up to defend him. They told DeMaio, “It’s complicated.”

“I’ve found more tolerance, acceptance and inclusion from social conservative groups who have to reconcile that I’m a Republican who happens to be gay…versus the intolerance the LGBT leaders see me as a gay man who happens to be a Republican,” DeMaio said.

This reminds me of another gay-baiting advertisement, this one made for the 2006 Campaign of Democrat Senator Max Baucus.

Renowned in political circles, the ad set porno music to 20-year-old footage of a video from Taylor’s cosmetics business. The video showed Taylor in a leisure suit rubbing cream into another man’s face. As the spot faded to black, it showed Taylor then seeming to reach for the man’s crotch as a voice-over said “Mike Taylor — not the way we do business in Montana.”

The campaign operative behind that homophobic, gay-baiting ad was a certain Mr. Jim Messina. Far from being repudiated by the Democrat Party, Mr. Messina went on to run Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign; a campaign that featured allegations that his opponent had given a woman cancer, wanted to outlaw contraceptives, put black people in chains, and outlaw tampons.

The gutter tactics worked, and gutter politics will continue to be practiced for so long as voters reward gutter politicians. Voting for a politician who uses gutter tactics is tacit endorsement of gutter tactics.

The Democrat Mafia Looks After Its Own

A Republican Attorney General undertook a corruption probe that snagged four corrupt Democrats taking brices and peddling influence. His successor, a Democrat, shut down the investigation… because “racism.”

In 2010, when he was still attorney general of Pennsylvania, Tom Corbett, now its Republican governor, launched a corruption investigation targeting politicians in Philadelphia. The operation caught at least four of them, all Democrats, allegedly accepting bribes of cash and gifts adding up to at least $18,000. But after Democrat Kathleen Kane was elected attorney general in 2012, she reportedly shut down the investigation.

Hey, it’s not like any of them closed a bridge or anything.

Blue States Scheme to Keep People Dependent on Welfare

Posted by V the K at 10:29 pm - March 8, 2014.
Filed under: Democratic Dirty Tricks

The House Republicans (cough, rubes) worked a very, very modest “reform” into the Food Stamp Bill to cut down on waste, fraud, and abuse. The Governors of Democrat-Run states conspired with Democrats in Congress to make sure the Food Stamp gravy train didn’t slow down.

One of the farm bill’s ballyhooed reforms was closing the “heat and eat” loophole, which allows states to leverage federal funds from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (Liheap) to raise food-stamp eligibility and payments. Fifteen states as well as Washington, D.C. participate in “heat and eat,” and more may join once they realize how their liberal neighbors are milking Uncle Sam.

Democratic state politicians have thus expanded their food-stamp rolls by distributing more federal heating checks, amounting to as little as $1 per year in many states and $0.10 in California. The heat and eat scheme is one reason annual food-stamp payouts have tripled over the last decade to about $83 billion. Taxpayers now help foot the grocery bills for one of seven Americans.

House Republicans sought to force modest food-stamp reforms such as work requirements and asset tests in the farm bill, but they ultimately settled for raising the Liheap trigger for receiving the utility deduction to $20 per year. The Congressional Budget Office predicted this change would affect 850,000 households—about 4% of food-stamp beneficiaries—and save $8.6 billion over 10 years. Too bad this overlooked the incentive for states to goose heating payments.

[Democrat] Governor Dannel Malloy last week announced that Connecticut would “expend $1.4 million in available federal energy assistance funding” to raise minimum Liheap payments for 50,000 beneficiaries, or about a quarter of its food-stamp rolls. The increase to a nice round $20.01 from $1 will “preserve approximately $66.6 million” a year in food-stamp benefits. So Connecticut will leverage $1 in additional federal Liheap funds to reap $48 more from Washington for food stamps.

Mr. Malloy’s neighbor Andrew Cuomo jumped for the free lunch the next day by declaring that New York would “dedicate approximately $6 million in additional federal” heating assistance to maintain $457 million in food-stamp payments.

Democrats made this swindle possible by adding some $169 million in additional heating assistance to cold-weather states to this year’s omnibus spending bill, including $50 million for New York. Meantime, 15 Democratic Senators have written to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius begging for even more heat rub to assuage the food-stamp non-cuts. They were joined last week by 18 big-city mayors including Eric Garcetti from the Los Angeles tundra and Greg Stanton of the Phoenix arctic.

See why I think “Let it burn” is the only realistic option?

Democrats Seek to Silence Woman After Interfering in Her Private Health Care Decisions

Americans for Prosperity has been running a commercial in Michigan featuring a woman with leukemia who lost her health coverage due to Obamacare; reminding voters that Democrat Senate candidate Gary Peters voted for Obamacare’s passage in the House.  The Democrat’s lawyers are pressuring television stations not to run the ad, claiming it is “untruthful.” (Basing that claim, in turn, on a hack, Democrat media outlet that claims the ad is not accurate.)  These are basically the same people who accused Romney of being responsible for a woman’s cancer death.

What is about the Democrats and wanting to silence women’s voices and interfere in their private health care choices?

LAST CHANCE TO VOTE!
2013 Toxic Queen of the Year – MALE and FEMALE

If you follow me on Twitter (and you should)…. you’ll know that I’ve been giving out the daily #ToxicLittleQueen Award for the past few weeks.  The origins of the award come from none other than Alec Baldwin.  Daily recipients show similar disregard for tolerance and decency.

Yesterday, I realized that despite just starting the honor several weeks ago…. I really should bestow the Toxic Little Queen of 2013. But there were SO many suggestions, that I’ve had to break it into two categories.

Feel free to vote for your favorite each day.

Winners will be announced on Twitter on Christmas Eve.

More New Hampshire Shenanigans

The Democrats sent a stalker to tail New Hampshire Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte to a funeral. (I guess they were hoping to catch her doing something exceedingly distasteful and inappropriate, taking selfies perhaps.)

Partly they did this because Democrats are corrupt, sleaxy, immoral gutter-trash, but also because it works. Terry McAuliffe, Harry Reid, Tim Kaine, Barack Obama and other Democrats all owe their current offices to scorched Earth smear campaigns against their opponents. As long as gutter-trash politics works, Americans should not be surprised to find that the politicians they elect turn out to be gutter-trash.

The Democrats outsource this dirty work to affiliated organizations, in this case “American Bridge.” This is so when they get caught, they can claim deniability. “This was not the Democrat Party,” they will say. No, it was just a group of Democrats, paid by the Democrat Party to help elect Democrat politicians.

And I suppose some simpering apologist will whine, “Both sides do it,” but … honestly, I can’t think of any examples of Republicans stalking Democrats at a funeral. (As the Wellstone Memorial and the Mandela Memorial demonstrate, Democrats are perfectly willing to behave life buffoons in front of regular media.)

Trust the State – Why I Don’t

A Police Drug Analyst in Democrat-Run Massachusetts has just please guilty to evidence tampering.  This drug analyst may have tainted as many as 40,000 prosecutions; sometimes by mishandling evidence tests, sometimes by deliberately contaminating evidence with drug traces, and sometimes by not even performing tests she claimed she had performed. Why? Because The State demanded prosecutions.

Annie Dookhan worked as a chemist for the State of Massachusetts, and it turns out she had close relations with prosecutors.These prosecutors were able to successfully convict innocent Americans because Dookhan would chemically taint the “evidence,” resulting in career boosts for the prosecutors while innocent men and women were torn from their families and locked in cells. Prosecutors praised Dookhan’s work and depended on her to get the convictions they wanted.

Hat Tip and preceding quote lifted from: Filming Cops. Note, Democrat-Run Massachusetts is also where the notorious Fells Acre Child Abuse case was prosecuted; where no actual child abuse took place, but the hysteria was enough to drive criminal sentences and destroy the lives of several people who were … by any objective review of the evidence… almost certainly innocent. Massachusetts Democrats rewarded the prosecutor of this massive abuse of power by running her as a candidate for the United States Senate. (A race she lost not because of her horrible abuse of power, but apparently because she couldn’t fake being a Red Sox fan.)

On a related note; Obama’s IRS is auditing a cancer patient who complained that he was losing his insurance because of Obamacare.

NYC Confiscates Guns, Colorado Gun Grabber Resigns

Leftists often claim that the idea that the Government is “coming for your guns,” is just a paranoid right-wing fantasy. And the idea that gun registration is just the precursor to to gun confiscation is also derided as a silly, invalid “slippery slope” argument.

In New York, where gun registration laws have been in place for years, the Government is indeed coming for your guns. Letters have been sent out to registered gun owners, ordering them to turn in guns that do not comply with new gun laws. Note, owners of illegal and unregistered weapons are exempt.

Also, Colorado Gun Control fanatic Evie Hudak, who famously told a rape victim that she shouldn’t be allowed to have a gun for personal protection because she would be too weak and stupid to use it effectively, is dodging her recall attempt by resigning from her state senate seat. This is simply a sleazy maneuver by the Democrat Party of Colorado to hold onto their majority in the legislature, as they get to pick her successor.

Separated at Birth…

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 Gun-hating Colorado Democrat Evie Hudak and Arnold Schwarzennegger’s woman-disguise from Total Recall.

 

On the shifting narrative of Nixon comparisons

On Tuesday, Jeff posted a video with clips of the current President of the United States Barack Obama using almost identical language to that of Richard Nixon to describe how each learned about scandals taking place under his watch, with both politicians claiming they had learned about them from news reports.

Today, while tidying my desk, I came across a note I had scribbled over four months ago:

Dem[ocrat]s want to define GOP by Nixon now/fear party being defined by Reagan — hence the silly line that Gipper couldn’t win in today’s GOP.

They’ve even got Bob Dole repeating that Democratic talking point (without providing any evidence to back it up).

If the Democrats continue to stonewall on the various scandals percolating around this administration, the media will have a tougher and tougher time making the age-old Nixon comparisons stick to the GOP.

NB:  I had scribbled the note on January 9, 2013, the one hundredth anniversary of Nixon’s birth.

UPDATE: Meant to include this screen capture from the Obama-friendly AOL: (more…)

On the March 2010 meeting between Obama & the IRS Union Chief

Earlier today, I caught Jim Hoft’s report on ties between the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU, which represents, among others, employees of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)) and the Democratic Party.  Jim links us to the NTEU’s release just following the 2012 election where its president Colleen M. Kelley congratulated Obama on his reelection and noted the efforts her government employee union made on behalf of that Democrat.

Commenting on a report that President Obama met with Miss Kelley “the day before agency targeted Tea Party“, Ace wonders, as should we all, about the strange coincidence and considers the meaning of the meeting. He surmises how events might have unfolded in circumstances similar to this one, with a hypothetical President Tee meeting with the head of Union N which had supported him politically:

It would seem that President Tee could choose to go outside the normal chain of command to issue an illegal order by simply telling the head of Union N to inform the union members she leads to pursue the policy, rather than issuing a formal order to the head of the IRS.

 Ace spins out an interesting scenario which, given what we know about Chicago politics, does not seem that far-fetched.  That said, I’m with Ace who disagrees with the authors of the report he linked; “I don’t think this meeting is a smoking gun,” but I do think it is significant and news outlets should report it.

And journalists should be asking Jay Carney, in his next press briefing, to tell us what transpired in that meeting.  And they should ask the president as well.  Reporters should be doing what they can to learn what passed between the president and the union boss in March 2010.

UPDATE:  Maybe there is nothing to that meeting.  But, the time is indeed curious.

RELATED:  Over on the National Review’s home page, Andrew Stiles has a good piece on Miss Kelley’s union:

The IRS may be “an independent enforcement agency with only two political appointees,” in the words of White House press secretary Jay Carney, but its employees are represented by a powerful, deeply partisan union whose boss has publicly disparaged the Tea Party and criticized the Republican party for having ties to it.

UP-UPDATE: Doug Powers has more.

The Changing IRS Scandal Timeline….by The White House

From Politico:

The White House on Monday once again added to the list of people who knew about the IRS investigation into its targeting of conservative groups — saying White House chief of staff Denis McDonough had been informed about a month ago.

Press secretary Jay Carney said again that no one had told President Barack Obama ahead of the first news reports: not his top aide McDonough, nor his chief counsel Kathy Ruemmler, nor anyone from the Treasury Department.

Monday’s revelation amounts to the fifth iteration of the Obama administration’s account of events, after initially saying that the White House had first learned of the controversy from the press.

Various folks that I follow on Twitter have asked important questions over the past few days such as this one:

And my observations regarding the multi-scandals now enveloping our supposed brilliant and awesome President?

 

Did the IRS ask progressive groups the same kind of intrusive questions they asked of Tea Party groups? (And if not, why not?)

If as outgoing Acting Internal Revenue Service Director Steven Miller claimed in his testimony before the House Ways and Committee that “politics didn’t play a role” in singling out Tea Party and other groups critical of the Obama administration, could he — or anyone at the IRS for that matter — please identify the “progressive” groups subject to the requests made of right-of-center/libertarian groups, including:

And if these progressive groups were not subject to such scrutiny, could someone at the IRS please explain why not.

Thanks!

UDPATE:  Did they ask any “progressive” groups to agree not to protest any social conservative institutions as a condition of receiving their 501 (c)(4) status from the federal government?

UP-UPDATE: Seems a handful of “progressive” groups were singled out for extra scrutiny: Nonconservative Groups Say IRS Scrutinized Them, Too (Via HotAir headlines).

To those who think IRS snooping was masterminded by rogue agents . . .

. . . please explain why such snooping didn’t occur while George W. Bush was President of the United States.

And as a bonus, for those constantly blaming that man for wanting to destroy his enemies, please provide evidence of him — or his minions — rooting around in confidential government files for details about his political opponents.

IRS Delays Reporting Tea Party Snooping Until After Presidential Election

Some news reports just speak for themselves.

In the Weekly Standard today, Daniel Halper writes:

NBC’s Lisa Myers reported this morning that the IRS deliberately chose not to reveal that it had wrongly targeted conservative groups until after the 2012 presidential election . . .

The IRS commissioner “has known for at least a year that this was going on,” said Myers, “and that this had happened. And did he share any of that information with the White House? But even more importantly, Congress is going to ask him, why did you mislead us for an entire year? Members of Congress were saying conservatives are being targeted. What’s going on here? The IRS denied it. Then when — after these officials are briefed by the IG that this is going on, they don’t disclose it. In fact, the commissioner sent a letter to Congress in September on this subject and did not reveal this. Imagine if we — if you can — what would have happened if this fact came out in September 2012, in the middle of a presidential election? The terrain would have looked very different.”

Via Ace. Barack Obama’s much vaunted commitment to transparency notwithstanding, that Democrat is more interested in winning elections than in opening the books on his administration.

RELATED: Worse and worse: IRS claimed in 2011 that there were no documents related to scrutiny of tea-party groups

Why did the IRS keep the scandal quiet until after the election?

If a candidate snoops around in the divorce records of his political opponents. . . .

. . . it stands to reason that that man’s minions might be interested in using the IRS to obtain information about his ideological adversaries.

IRS targeting the Tea Party: really a surprise?

For years, the Left has been trying to link the Tea Party with terrorism. Examples include:

Given the climate of bias, hate and fear that our top leaders and media have sought to foment against the Tea Party for years, is it any wonder that self-important IRS bureaucrats would act unethically toward it?

UPDATE: As long as my list is, I know that I’ve missed some juicy examples of our top leaders and media fomenting bigotry against the Tea Party. Please feel free to add more in the comments.

UPDATE: Rick Santelli points out the logical endpoint of the IRS’ approach – namely, your Obamacare death panel Accountability Board saying “No stent for you!” based on your politics – and predicts that Obamacare will be altered partly to prevent such a nightmare.

UPDATE: How could I not mention how they’ve also tried to link the Tea Party with racism? Latest example: a top NAACP leader claims that America’s racist Taliban deserved the IRS scrutiny.

All hell would have broken loose had IRS under W targeted “progressive” groups

George Will was on a roll today, getting first at the essence of the Benghazi scandal and now about the IRS/Tea Party scandal:

“The Tea Party people have known about this and were working on this,” [George] will [said Sunday’s broadcast of ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos"] “But they said — it was just some odd underlings out in Cincinnati who did this and there was no political motive whatever involved. Now the question is, how stupid do they think we are? Just imagine, Donna Brazile, if the George W. Bush administration had an IRS underling, he’s out in Cincinnati, of course, saying we’re going to target groups with the word ‘progressive’ in their title. We’d have all hell breaking loose.”

Via Instapundit.

The American Progressive Left Laid Bare

Wow.  At least the leftists are so nuts, they’ve become honest about their intentions and disregard for We, The People.

“Bribery isn’t what it once was,” said an official with one of the major gun-control groups. “The government has no money. Once upon a time you would throw somebody a post office or a research facility in times like this. Frankly, there’s not a lot of leverage.”

This is beyond the pale.  I want names.

-Bruce (@GayPatriot)

Media Short Shrift to Left-Wing Dirty Tricks
Obamanomics gives short shrift to middle class

Jennifer Rubin how the media would cover the story had a right-wing group surreptitiously recorded a meeting of a Democratic Senator’s reelection team as the left-wing “Kentucky Progress” did of Senator McConnell’s staff:

If this were a right-wing plot against a top Democrat there would be wall-to-wall coverage on the cable networks and front-page coverage with the magazine involved taking a beating, but don’t expect too much coverage from the MSM or commentary or much of anything from the lefty pundits, who were only interested in the tape’s contents. Like Benghazi, Libya, in their minds’ if they don’t cover it, it’s not news. Gee, you’d think the “media critics” would notice that egregious bias.

It seems Todd Akin’s 6-second crazy gaffe about rape get more coverage than this left-wing dirty trick against the Senate Republican leader.

I’m wondering how the media would be covering the economy if we saw a surging stock market and sluggish job growth during a Republican administration, particularly as gas prices were climbing and incomes stagnant. In the Obama economy, it seems big corporations and the wealthiest Americans are doing quite well as the New York Times reported last September:

The income gap between the wealthiest 20 percent of American households and the rest of the country grew sharply in 2011, the Census Bureau reported, as an overwhelming majority of Americans saw no gains from a weak economic recovery in its second full year.

Shouldn’t there be some stories about how Obama’s policies favor the wealthy?

Just wondering.