Friday, May 24

Democrat website: "House Democrats dismiss existence of Obama scandals"

What's the latest Democrat strategy for deflecting or running out the clock on the scandals?  No better place to look than "Buzzfeed"--a hard-left website that never met a Democrat policy it didn't love.  Here's their latest headline:
"House Democrats Dismiss Existence Of Obama Scandals"
Yep.  Wanna make a "scandal problem" disappear?  Simply dismiss its existence.  That is SO cool!  And only available to Democrats, because...fairness.  The details:
Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly refuses to use the word “scandal.”

After two weeks of brutal news cycles — with frenzied Republicans and a hyped up press corps aggressively covering every inch of three controversies surrounding the Obama administration — Connolly insists this too, shall pass.

“I think when the media repeats the word ‘scandals’ you are repeating partisan lines. They are issues that have occurred that have to be addressed. I don’t think they rise to the level of a scandal,” he said. “We had a bunch of idiots at IRS in Cincinnati who didn’t know how to aggregate a flood of tax-exempt applications … but this is not some major scandal in the order of magnitude like Watergate. That’s absurd.”
Connolly was also critical of the way Republicans have investigated the terrorist attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans.

“Don’t get me wrong, Benghazi was a tragedy but it has no traction.  Everytime they [talk about Benghazi] they are firing up our base too, and alienating moderate and swing voters.”

It’s a tack many of his Democratic colleagues in Congress are taking, shrugging off or downplaying the recent slate of scandal. If there was any fear that the continual hammering of the administration from House Republicans would hurt Democrats, the party’s members answered with a resounding no.

“I don’t think there is any long-term political impact on House Democrats for any of this stuff,” said Rep. Jim McGovern. “I think the administration has been handling it correctly.

“And yet you’ve got some coo coo clucks here calling for impeachment.  I mean it’s so absurd they are overplaying their hand,” he said of Republicans. “If anything there may be a political backlash on them.”
Lord, that's *such* a relief!  For a minute there I was worried that a small fraction of Democrats might actually display some concern about having the IRS grill conservative groups about, say, the content of their members' prayers for up to 3 years, while giving liberal/Democrat/"progressive" groups tax-exempt status in 3 weeks or so.  I thought a few might break ranks and put truth and loyalty to the law above party.

Looks like those concerns were unfounded.  And I can't say I'm at all surprised.

At the Washington Times, pseudo-journalist Cheryl Chumly simply copied big chunks of the BuzzFeed article and slapped a copyright on it.  Headline:
Dem Gerry Connolly defends White House: They’re ‘issues,’ not ‘scandals'

Virginia Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly said the media has no business using the word "scandal" to describe the ongoing challenges to truth that are beating down the White House, the president and his administration these past weeks.

Instead, the issues plaguing the White House are just that — "issues" that need "to be addressed," he said, in Buzz Feed.

Specifically, Mr. Connolly was critical of how Republicans, and some in the media, were portraying the administration's reaction to the Sept. 11, 2012, terror attacks at America's facilities in Benghazi, Libya, that left four dead, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. He also decried how the last couple weeks' of administration scandals were being portrayed – like the IRS fiasco, and the Justice Department's AP records' seizure, Buzz Feed reported.

"I think when the media repeats the word 'scandals' you are repeating partisan lines," he said, Buzz Feed reported. "They are issues that have occurred that have to be addressed. I don't think they rise to the level of a scandal. We had a bunch of idiots at IRS in Cincinnati who didn't know how to aggregate a flood of tax-exempt applications ... but this is not some major scandal in the order of magnitude like Watergate. That's absurd."

Mr. Connolly also described Benghazi as "a tragedy," but added that "it has no traction" and would soon fall under America's radar, Buzz Feed reported.

"They [Republicans] can continue to talk about it to feed their base, they forget we have a base too," Mr. Connolly said, in Buzz Feed. "Everytime they do that they are firing up our base too and alienating moderate and swing voters."
Lock-step, anyone?

Oh, and if you want to get an advance look at the next eight layers of the Dems "layered defense" click here.



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