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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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And it turns out that they were not only holding up their tax-free status and asking improper questions about donors, but leaking the answers to damage their perceived political enemies:

“There is little question that one or more employees at the IRS stole our confidential tax return and leaked it to our political enemies, in violation of federal law,” said NOM’s president Brian Brow, in a prepared statement. “The only questions are who did it, and whether there was any knowledge or coordination between people in the White House, the Obama reelection campaign and the Human Rights Campaign. We and the American people deserve answers.”

This too, as Mr. Carney might say, is old news. Bill Clinton’s IRS not only audited his enemies, but his administration also leaked damaging information on people whom it considered to be potentially politically damaging. One of the more egregious examples is Linda Tripp who, after she ignored the president’s threats to her family (via Monica Lewinsky), saw that her juvenile arrest record from her Pentagon file was leaked to the press.

In fact, the Clinton administration did with FBI files what the Obama administration seems to have done with IRS data. The fact that they had an unqualified former bar bouncer as head of White House security, who had access to potentially embarrassing information on many high-level people in Washington, may be one of the reasons that the Clintons were so seemingly impervious to scandals that would have brought down less ruthless people.

Another recurring theme of the old series was the “exoneration” of the principals by official reports. The Clintons used to claim that they were “exonerated” by the Pillsbury report on Whitewater. Then, when Robert Ray released his final report on the entire investigation, their lawyer, David Kendall, claimed that they were “exonerated” by it, this time for sure, despite the fact that neither report did anything of the kind. In fact, Ray’s report said that:

Insufficient evidence exists to establish beyond a reasonable doubt that either Governor or Mrs. Clinton knowingly participated in the criminal financial transactions used by McDougal to benefit Whitewater.

…The report, released yesterday, also said prosecutors could not rule out the possibility that Hillary Rodham Clinton played a role in the disappearance and mysterious discovery of her law firm billing records.

“Insufficient evidence beyond reasonable doubt” != “Exoneration,” despite Kendall’s attempted spin. What Ray was saying was not that there was no evidence of wrongdoing, but that there wasn’t enough to ensure a conviction, particularly given the experience with Susan McDougal. He was almost guaranteed to get a hung jury in any trial of either Clinton, regardless of the state of the evidence.

Similarly, the Obama administration has declared that the Accountability Review Board report by Thomas Pickering and Mike Mullen had absolved them of any wrongdoing, despite the fact that they failed to interview key witnesses and to uncover key facts, and the “Accountability Review Board” is under an accountability review of its own.

Even many of the cast of characters remain the same for both the new and the old series. As noted, Eric Holder is a returning player, with a more prominent role. And of course, one of the stars of the old show, Hillary Clinton, continues to demonstrate and expand upon her previous knack for misdirection and mendacity, with the help of her husband’s impeachment attorney, Cheryl Mills. But there are a lot of new players as well, most notably the charismatic (at least to some) Barack Obama.

But it’s not enough to revive a concept that had grown stale within the first year the first time around. Time to pull the plug on this misguided repeat.

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Rand Simberg is a recovering aerospace engineer and a consultant in space commercialization, space tourism and Internet security. He offers occasionally biting commentary about infinity and beyond at his weblog, Transterrestrial Musings.

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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.
48 weeks ago
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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.
48 weeks ago
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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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