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April 10, 2014 - 2:48 pm

Honestly, I don’t even know where we go from here.

The IRS and several other executive branch agencies came down on True the Vote’s Catherine Engelbrecht like the proverbial ton of bricks after she founded her organization. The agency delayed her tax-exempt application for years. There is no debate that the IRS targeted her and many other Americans, and that the targeting was political. The Daily Caller even has emails suggesting who within the White House may have been responsible. It’s no one most of us have ever heard of, one of President Obama’s direct assistants. So, close enough to the president to start asking what he knew and when he knew it.

But none of that has gotten past the cute ears of one Alex Wagner. She believes that targeting did happen. She just has a novel theory on who targeted whom.

“There is a controversy here,” Wagner conceded. She said, however, that the true controversy in the IRS scandal involves the influence of outside money.

After detailing some of the revelations released this week involving how the IRS tried to draft a letter denying Karl Rove‘s Crossroads GPS its tax-exempt status was agonized over, Wagner said it was striking how little oversight there was of the new post-Citizens United rules.

“In my mind, the IRS, who was trying to get this out, they were the ones that have been actually targeted in this whole investigation,” Wagner asserted.

Like I said, I don’t know where we go from here.

The targeting happened. Emails released yesterday show that Rep. Elijah Cummings was involved. He was involved at the same time he was supposedly investigating the abuse. With the Daily Caller’s story added, the scandal looks more and more like it touches many major Democrat figures and goes to the White House. Jeanne Lambrew, the person highlighted by the DC, works directly for President Obama. She’s one of his major assistants. Previous disclosures have suggested involvement by other Obama appointees.

So where do we go if that’s the case? I don’t recall a party-wide scandal of this importance in American history up to now.

It’s a given that Obama and Holder will never ever ever appoint a special counsel to investigate. Ever. They are beyond ordinary political pressure. They have no respect for the rule of law. They do not respond to public opinion. They will always have the likes of Alex Wagner to carry their ever more preposterous defenses.

With no special counsel, that leaves Congress to appoint a select committee in one or both houses. That will not happen in the Senate before the mid-terms. It could happen in the House, but such a committee will necessarily have Democrats on it. Cummings’ emails show the fatal problem there — he already abused his position on the Oversight Committee to thwart the investigation, of which he now ought to be a target. If he becomes a target, he will play the race card, Holder and Obama will play the race card, and most of the media will play the race card too. What, you think Chris Matthews, Dana Milbank, ABCNBCCBS and the rest of them are above dropping the race card?

Besides, how do we know which Democrats weren’t involved? Most of them had the motivation, they had the hatred of the Tea Party and the lesson of 2010, and they harbored the hatred of the Citizens United decision that apparently animated Democrats to take action, from Obama on down. Show me the Democrat who would have had a moral or ethical problem with using the IRS as a weapon to suppress dissent. Does such a Democrat roam the halls of Congress? Even one?

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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If the dwindling patriots of the USA do not soon resort to arms, then they will go quietly into the dark night of fascism, no longer even able to rebel.
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We have arrived at a Constitutional crisis. If some way of punishing the wrongdoers is not found, the government loses it's legitimacy, and the consent of the governed. The People will either have to resort to arms, or accept a criminal government.
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Those mean Tea Partiers, targeting the poor, honest, hardworking federal bureaucrats at the IRS.
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It is always the race card. If this whole thing comes down to just race, who will vote for someone they cannot safely criticize without being labeled a rascist?
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Alex Wagner, true to form, is merely another agent of the Obama "Ministry of Truth". The modern Democrat (Socialist) Party is amoral: They believe that only they are qualified to hold power over others and will use ANY means to do so. Maintaining power is their end-game, if not their “religion”. In their self-made relativistic universe, a guilty conscience will never trouble them.
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This is somewhere beyond insane, where I can't say. I think this crazy sow really believes what she's puking. But then their all nuts, or in various stages of it. You have to be to hold the federal government as your icon. Government? Of all things?
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Since the opposition party has no media plan beyond whining about the unfairness of the other news outlets the very least any of us can do is tell everyone we know about it, plaster it all over social media. I'm not saying this approach is anything new but in the absence of coordinated leadership from something resembling an organized opposition party this is just my way of trying to play cheerleader about trying to draw attention to this.

And where are the leaders on this? Plotting to quell a grass-roots uprising against their own authority while all this is going on.
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Article II, Section 4...
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Before a political party finally implodes, all kinds of ugly and strange things will happen, both to the country and within the party itself.

Look at how Soviet Communism fell, not the Soviet Union, but the Party.

Right up to their effective end and even beyond, they were all repeating lies that they knew were lies and that they knew that their audience knew were lies, but they told them anyway.

Heck, they still tell them, but now the only ones that listen is themselves.

It's an "insider thing", and that is a fatally self-destructive problem in a democratic society.

Stick to the narrative and be consigned to dustbin of history, or renounce your dogma and reach out to justice and truth, and have a chance at electoral redemption.

The choice is theirs, and I don't envy them their just desserts because it is going to be ugly and painful.

Their secular Messiah...."the One"...may not just end up being "the ONLY One", but might also go down as "the LAST One".

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When the entire leadership and mid level management of the democrat party is not only corrupt, but engaging in a back door coup, by suppressing all dissent, in collusion with a media so in the tank for them, they may as well be employees..

what will finally break the damn of the media blackout?

I'm really afriaid for my country, for the first time in my life.. even in the 70's, when the media and leftist pundits were telling hs we were not just in decline to a Soviet future, but deservedly so.. I was never this worried.. yes, Carter was a full bore idiot, a disaster, but I never thought he wanted us to loose it all.

With Obama, there's a kind of betrayal of America we have never seen before.. the anti-west left has so infested the federal government, started in the 30's.. they own the bureaucracy, and have fought every president who tried to change things, even slightly... I pray America doesn't have a second shooting civil war.

but you get the feeling, the left is so out of control, our options are getting pretty limited.
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There's something I realized fairly recently that you should bear in mind.

The father of our country is not George Washington...he was the father of the country that perished at Appomattox.

The TRUE Father of our country was John Brown.

It was his name being sung from the lips of the Federal Army that marched off to kill and die by their hundreds of thousands.

Politicized Morality trumped Property Rights...in blood.
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Don't look around you, but epistemic closure is not a good look on any group of people.
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Guess whom Wagner is marrying? Sam Kass, FCMABBHO's chef.
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How dare you suggest this could bias her opinion! (/sarcasm)
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It’s hard to see how much lower the average dem diehard can go. But the task of saving the dem party from O and his nation-wreckers might be a bridge too far even for the crisis hardened likes of Ms. Wagner and people like her. She and her ilk should stick to fooling LIVs voters into buying Comrade’s message. If it’s slicked up like a superhero movie they will buy anything.

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the liberal leftist fascists have coordinated and orchestrated well planned media blitzes and attacks.

For each piece of bad news, they have word smithers ready on hand to diffuse it in coordination with the DNC and White House. Finally, they got tired of flying in from Chicago so O had David Plouffe move into the white house.

The campaign continues and targets people on an individual basis. Now, the database of targets is pulling from Obamacare databases. People will vote more likely for a party that calls them directly.

The Leftists bloggers are well organized. They are assigned to sites, to specific subjects and also assigned to target certain regular posters.
tactic: "Shut them down, shut them off or drown them out".
They are given daily assignments and lists of sites.
--We roam around.

They wait to be the very first poster to any article, if not, then they have many entries to push posts they don't like to the next page. They have what some are called Crusher Crews to overpower and intimidate.
We have nothing.

Organizing for America and the other "non-political non-profits" pay posters to diffuse their failures. We chat.
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I hear there is an entire Crusher Brigade assigned to one Empire Sentry.
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"....just broke punditry."

Now that is funny.

"Does such a Democrat roam the halls of Congress? Even one?"

You just keep setting them. A: NO!

The time of lamp posts and hemp ropes is getting closer and closer. We just need to make sure who is handling the ropes.
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