As Washington sizzles in scandal, an all too familiar playbook is coming out of hibernation from the 1990s. I was the chief investigator of the then-named U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform and Oversight during the infamous Clinton scandals. When former President Clinton was mired in a number of scandals those in his administration viciously attacked the various investigators with great zeal and would cut those off who were seeking truth at the knees. Those in the Clinton White House would also try to focus the national media on the other issues of the day saying that the investigations were old news, and that too much investigating is uncalled for – despite the overwhelming allegations. Sound familiar?
This week we saw President Obama’s henchmen take Clinton’s playbook out for a spin and scurrilously attack Congressman Darrell Issa who chairs the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and who has been investigating the Obama Administration. Former White House Senior Advisor David Plouffe took to twitter and said this about Chairman Issa, “Strong words from Mr Grand Theft Auto and suspected arsonist/insurance swindler. And loose ethically today.” You know why people hate Washington so much… it is because of people like David Plouffe. To charge a sitting Member of Congress of two crimes in 140 characters reeks of the hyper partisanship Americans hate.
Then you have David Axelrod, another former White House Senior Advisor attacking Chairman Issa saying that he is taking the Republican Party “over the cliff” with his investigation of the IRS scandal. Mr. Axelrod followed up that charge by saying there is real “danger” for the Republican Party in pursuing the investigation. It is crystal clear that the Obama Administration and its band of surrogates want to attempt delegitimize a legitimate investigation of Big Government overreach and abuse of power.
With both Mr. Plouffe and Mr. Axelrod spewing lies on behalf of President Obama, it should not be a surprise that White House Press Secretary Jay Carney would do the same thing. Just this week Mr. Carney said, “We believe that congressional oversight is important, when it is legitimate. This is a matter that should be looked at by Congress, through the process of legitimate congressional oversight.” Looks like everybody in Obama World received the same talking points.
Congressman Issa is trying to get to the bottom of what happened at the IRS and how it was so politicized. What is the Obama Administration trying to hide? With new revelations coming out daily it is clear that there is a systemic problem at the IRS and how the Obama Administration has dealt with the ongoing scandal. Unlike in the 1990s where the big Clinton scandal revolved around a 20 something year old intern, what the IRS allegedly has done takes us back to the dark days of Watergate.
The Clinton playbook worked in an age before Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Now citizen journalists of all stripes can wade through the muck and come to their own conclusions without the spin of the mainstream media. The Obama Administration is trying in vain to use the Clinton playbook but I have a hunch the American people will regulate it to the ash heap of history.