While Paul Ryan certainly has a history of scumbaggery himself, he certainly gets our tip of the hat in this instance for completely pwning IRS Commissioner John Koskinen regarding the recent lost e-mail scandal. Paul goes off on the commissioner eloquently putting things into a crystal-clear perspective. He reminds the commissioner that the IRS would not tolerate any taxpayer losing records over the past seven 7 years, yet, the taxpayer are supposed to tolerate a scenario where the IRS loses data over just the past 6 months?
This only leads us to one question. Who is going to start the online Whitehouse petition to change the motto of the IRS to: “Do as we say, not as (smugly) do it.”?
Yup, you read that right. Jon Stewart tears the IRS a new one for specifically seeking out right wing government “patriot” groups to audit and basically says that the tinfoil hat folk have had their views just about totally vindicated.
As Stewart puts it, there’s not much more to say other than – “What the f**k? The right wingers were right.”
No doubt, the dreaded Fiscal Cliff gives a legitimate cause for concern. But when Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner suggested there is no doubt going off the cliff will result is a dramatic downturn Rick Santelli just about loses his mind with the absolutist politics being played. He points out that the future is not actually possible to predict and this interpretation is not universally accepted. Knowing he’s scored a point however he gets confident and launches into a diatribe showing his Tea Party roots. Channeling both Lewis Black and Rush Limbaugh, Santelli starts to rant about how no one in the world, but him supposedly, knows what’s really going on. He could have hammered this home had he allowed the discussion to continue. Instead of allowing the Secretary to respond however Santelli just kept yelling and ranting against who he sees as his ‘enemies’ in congress, looking panicked in the face of the Fiscal Cliff and being laughed at by cooler heads.
Newt Gingrich recently went on Meet The Press and ran the gamut. Lawrence O’Donnell came in on the attack hammering Newt on the Fiscal Cliff issue. Then bringing Newts failed analysis of the 1990’s tax reality. By the time the discussion turns to gay marriage Newt is almost taking a back seat role. Newt, after his party took as ass kicking in the last election, is one of the few Republicans that has realized the party needs to move left to regain any relevance. His typical fiery tone and tea party loving has been replaced with concessions to helping average Americans and the 47% achieve upward mobility. It feels odd to say the least. Quiet Newt is the new Newt.