Like a bad restaurant, the Obama administration attracts scathing reviews from Republicans and conservative critics who are tired of what’s on the policy menu, and repelled by the signature “culture” of White House operations. The trio of scandals centered on Benghazi, the IRS and the Justice Department has ramped up the tirade, and until facts and conclusions emerge, the talk of the moment is culture-centric.
The administration has fostered a “culture of cover-ups,” said Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn, who told CBS as much on Sunday. Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Dave Camp of Michigan gave the same review. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida feels the White House has more of a “culture of intimidation,” as does Sen. Mitch McConnell.
But wait. We’ve heard this all before. Witness the book “Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies,” by Michelle Malkin. Date of publication: Aug. 9, 2010. And of interest: President Obama vowed he would remedy “a culture of irresponsibility that took root from Wall Street to Washington to Main Street,” on June 17, 2009.
CALL FOR KEN STARR?
“We may hate the IRS because of its taxing power. We may hate it more because of its new ‘Obamacare’ power. But it is a massively important government agency. And now we know that it is fraught with corruption and a liberal-left political agenda. Only an independent special counsel could possibly straighten this mess out,” says Larry Kudlow, CNBC host and economics editor of the National Review Online.
“I think a special counsel is going to wind up being necessary,” Sen. Rob Portman, Ohio Republican, told ABC on Sunday.
But who? A guessing game is about to ensue — but the roster of potentials won’t include Kenneth Starr, who served as independent special counsel during the investigation of former President Clinton’s relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Mr. Starr is now president of Baylor University.
AND IN SUMMATION
“President Obama used his weekly radio address on Saturday to reassure the American people that he has ‘played no role whatsoever’ in the U.S. government over the past four years. ‘Right now, many of you are angry at the government, and no one is angrier than I am,’ he said. ‘Quite frankly, I am glad that I have had no involvement in such an organization.’”
— Parody news report by New Yorker columnist and comedian Andy Borowitz.
HERE COMES THE LAWSUIT
The American Center for Law and Justice now represents 27 tea party organizations targeted by IRS scrutiny of their nonprofit status applications; imminent action awaits.
“The unlawful and unconstitutional conduct of the IRS will be addressed in a lawsuit to be filed in federal court,” said Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the nonprofit legal group, who plans to act this week. “The IRS has refused to respond to our demand by letter and has failed to approve the tax-exempt status of 10 of our clients, which are still being targeted and investigated even after the IRS admitted to the corrupt conduct.”
THE HISTORIC HOLDER
“Are U.S. Attorney Gen. Eric Holder’s days numbered?” asks Eric Ostermeier, director of the University of Minnesota’s Smart Politics, a research group.