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That Nineties Show

It’s a bad rerun of a show that was awful the first time, and yet ran far too long.

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Rand Simberg

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May 14, 2013 - 12:05 pm
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Enemies lists, IRS audits of same, cover-ups at high levels of government, an aloof president who has others do his (unspoken?) bidding — after the events of the past week, many have been comparing the Obama administration to another one that ended almost forty years ago. And while many of the comparisons of Barack Obama to Richard Nixon are indeed apt, one doesn’t have to go that far back in history to find an even better parallel.

For those of us politically aware in the 1990s, the Obama administration has come to seem like a bad rerun of the corrupt Clinton era, complete with witness intimidation and character attacks on their political opponents, stonewalling and obfuscating while claiming that their crimes are being “politicized,” false claims of “exoneration” by official reports, and, yes, even IRS audits of their political enemies. All with a sycophantic media complicit, and even incestuous and inbred, with the White House.

For example, several days ago, when the Benghazi scandal started to climb out of the grave to which the administration and its enablers in the press thought they had consigned it last fall, the first response from the president’s spokesman was that it was something that happened a long time ago, seemingly back in the Cambrian era of late 2012. As opposed, of course, to the Bush administration, which apparently remains evergreen four and a half years after its departure, at least when it comes to assigning blame for otherwise unexplainable and “unexpected” mishappenings during this one. Of course, as PJ Media’s Ed Driscoll points out, Jay Carney’s own corruption is not exactly new-fallen snow.

This was a standard tactic of the Clinton administration and its defenders, in every scandal from Whitewater and Castle Grande, to the illegal campaign donations from James Riady (who, in another case of what was old is new again, has somehow recently turned up in the new series as well). And then there was  John Huang and the Chinese donations (and others too numerous to recount in this brief piece), to L’Affaire Grand — the Lewinsky scandal.

In each and every case, the tactic would be to prevaricate, stonewall, and withhold requested documents for weeks, months or years. Then, when some evidence managed to evade the combined media/administration cover-up and come to light (such as Hillary Clinton’s law-firm billing records), it would suddenly become “old news.”

We’re seeing a repeat of other tactics as well.

In the nineties, whenever they were withholding documents, they would say “we’ve released thousands of documents,” not mentioning that they didn’t include all requested, or that they had been redacted of all useful information. We see exactly the same thing now. In the Fast and Furious Mexican gun-walking non-scandal, Attorney General Eric Holder (a notable cast member from the previous series, in which he played a corrupt Justice Department official who approved pardons of a man who had paid off Bill Clinton) said that they had released thousands of documents, many of them with pages entirely blacked out. Many more thousands remained unreleased, for which he was found in contempt of Congress. And just this past Sunday, Senator Jack Reed, running interference for a Democrat administration, said that “Congress has already had 11 hearings on the topic, over 25,000 pieces of documentation have been provided to the Congress.” But there remains much that we don’t know.

Another vintage Clinton tactic was the deployment of the passive (aggressive) voice: “mistakes were made.” As though those nefarious mistakes just made themselves, without any conscious human intellectual or moral agency involved. We saw it just this past Friday, in the wake of the suddenly disclosed IRS audit imbroglio:

“While Exempt Organizations officials knew of the situation earlier, the timeline reflects that IRS senior leadership did not have this level of detail,” the statement from the IRS read. “The timeline supports what the IRS acknowledged on Friday that mistakes were made. There were not partisan reasons behind this.”

No, of course not. How silly to think that there could be anything “partisan” about targeting groups that had expressed antipathy to the goals of the party in charge of the IRS before the audits and delays occurred, and had cost it control of the House shortly thereafter, after which the unjustified scrutiny increased. Yes, that would just be crazy talk, particularly after the president made jokes about it a year before it began. Who could think that an administration so willing to poke fun at the notion would really do anything to justify the obvious irrational paranoia of its enemies?

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The bad blood between the Clinton and Obama camps comes from the fact that the corrupt and nasty Clintons were out-hustled by someone they thought was a punk.
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Ruthless and clueless are strange Obama administration bedmates.
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"And while many of the comparisons of Barack Obama to Richard Nixon are indeed apt,..."

I don't think that comparisons of Barack Obama to Richard Nixon are apt at all.

Nixon loved America and his guiding purpose was to do that which would advance the interests of America. Nixon did a stupid thing by condoning and helping to coverup a stupid breakin.

The critical question to ask is this. "How would America's place in the world or the general well being of the average American citizen been adversely affected if the the Watergate break-in never been discovered?"

The truth is there would have been no adverse affect to the lives of the average citizen nor would America's status in the world suffered if the Watergate break-in had gone undiscovered.

In the case of Benghazi Americans died because Obama is in the continuing process of selling out America and Israel. If the cover up had never been discovered, Obama would continue to face little scrutiny as he sells out his own and our country.

Obama is several degrees of magnitude worse than the reviled Richard Nixon.

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Good old Eric Holder! Shows up more than once as a thread common to both of these scummy regimes. My immediate recollection of Holder the shady enabler was in the context of Clinton's rather dubious 11th hour pardons on his last day in office. He helped facilitate a pardon for Marc Rich, one of the largest ever tax evaders and fraudster, but whose ex-wife donated millions to Clinton's library (according NYT). Good old Eric Holder...
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What's the problem?
Obama is America's hero.
Obama is what Americans said that they want..
Twice!!
He is still what Americans want.
What's the big deal?
Anyway, what is is and that's the way it goes.
As Obama himself once said, "We won, you lost, so get used to it."
So Back Off! That includes Conservatives, Jews, stupid white cops, right wing terrorists, Tea Party activists, the Associated Press and the rest of you brainwashed, goose stepping jerks that think you can stop him.
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Tell me, DWAI (Gee, I wonder if the "D" stands for "Democrat"), if Obama truly is America's hero, then please explain to me why several voter ID law states, including my home state of Georgia, consistently voted for Romney and not for Obama? Please explain how Obama got nearly 100% voter turnout in Philadelphia (which even in the most Liberal of districts is mathematically impossible)? Please explain why the battleground states he won in had a lot of complaints regarding voting machines switching votes from voters? Please explain why he and his administration made sure to not allow the military votes come in until way after the election, which by that point was far too late? If he is truly America's hero, he wouldn't have needed those things, and he would have won even the voter ID states. He didn't. Everything points towards fraud. And don't claim me to be brainwashed, either. I've sat through classes that had teachers trying to push agendas like "women weren't given an education until the 1960s," "christians were evil misogynists who did honor killings during the Crusades," "I love free sex," "the French Revolution was the best thing since sliced bread and just like the American Revolution," and all of that sickening tripe, so I have witnessed first hand what brainwashing is for about 18 years out of the 23 in existence (plus nine months in the womb). You're the one who is likely to have been brainwashed. And I'm no Republican, either, I'm an independent voter who follows his own moral code: That of God, Jesus and the holy spirit.
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Pravda published a short statement following Obama's reelection stating that an illiterate nation just reelected Barack Obama. I agree with their assessment.

Albeit, after three score & 10+ years listening to the same political corn cobblers playing the same tunes over and over again it's difficult to crawl over the mountains of skepticism that surround our country.

Who can say for certain that Congress is going to put forth any of it's Constitutional muscle power against Obama?

If Obama has made any mistake that will sting him it was his arrogant abuse of the media. Ever now and then he should have let them come out from under the porch instead taking another whiz on their hapless heads.

As it is now, Obama is facing a very pissed off media with zero friends.

Pity.
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For the record, the "he didn't" was referring to the winning voter ID states.
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maybe someday, when (and if) we are ever 'allowed' to investigate this bunch thoroughly, we will find things that would make a borgia blush (great cable series btw).

the ability and fevered desire to make excuses for this clutch of creepy crooks by the media is only surpassed by his follower's total distain for anything related to the truth. hordes of seemingly rational people are shamed into forgetting about about their punkish activities, no matter how vile and repugnant, or how many dead we are required to ignore. people appear to have totally forgotten that this poser has already taken executive privilege to get out of turning over emails on fast & furious. how many times have we heard one of the pompous, obviously unqualified journalist make excuses about how it was an attempt to catch drug dealers (with untagged guns?), or how some low level somewhere did so and so ... w/o the poser's knowledge . that makes sense, he invokes executive privilege to cover for some low level gov. ee somewhere. yeah, we believe.

but let's not let 'clueless' rest too long on the shoulders of the deserving. what kind of intelligence does it takes to run and hide when discussions are breached about our community organizer's obviously forged credentials? anybody who has learned how to turn on a computer soon finds out (101) you cannot manipulate a scanned document, much less take it apart layer by layer, as can be done with the one he has presented to the u.s. government as bring real. no matter that it is a physical impossibility. so many questions - so few answers.

agreement. 'clueless and ruthless' do rule the day w/ progressives, along with sister 'shameless'.
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Hey, gang, the Clintons and Obamas and their ilks are from the sixties, of the sixties and relate with the childish tandems of a Bill Ayres and his sort. Remember, we old dotterers said we feared the day when these children would grow up and pretend to be adults and be (ir)responsible for the welfare of the country?

Here they are in all their cool, folksinging, enabled blandness so inept at playing grown-up that we who fathered them should be embarrassed. We let - yes, let - this scourge loose on our country. And it will not get any better.
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The bad blood between the Clinton and Obama camps comes from the fact that the corrupt and nasty Clintons were out-hustled by someone they thought was a punk.
48 weeks ago
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Ruthless and clueless are strange Obama administration bedmates.
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Not mentioned in the IRS issue is the tremendous legal/accounting/time costs incurred when the IRS decides they're interested in your affairs. No intelligent person sends anything to the IRS without having it reviewed and vetted.
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And don't forget that other repeat cast-member, Rahm Emmanuel. There's also a connection in Hillary Clinton's Chicago origins and even the fact that Bill Clinton was raised in Hot Springs, Arkansas, a well-known vacation spot of the Chicago mobsters whose ethics seem to permeate both series.
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