Media Narrative On Obama Scandals: These Republicans Might Be Overplaying Their Hands


Democrats are trying to build a fence around the IRS scandals by building a narrative in which the scandals represent an important area for scrutiny and discussion, but not by those nasty Republicans who just want to score political points.

That was former Obama adviser David Axelrod’s spin this morning on MSNBC. “There are clearly serious things that ought to be looked at, and the Congress has the right to look at them,” he said. “And the question is just, will they overplay their hand? You know, if, Darrell Issa has torqued this thing up so high that he threatens to take the party over the cliff. And if I were Republicans, I would say to Issa, in the parlance of his old business, ‘please step away from that car.’ I think that there’s real danger here for them.”

Right. Because that’s what David Axelrod is worried about. Republicans and their credibility.

Meanwhile, an exasperated Paul Ryan drew cheers from the audience at the House Ways and Means Committee hearing when he rebuked Rep. Jim McDermott for pushing the same line of reasoning that Axelrod is, which is that while these scandals are serious, Republicans are making “political theater” out of them.

What I’m actually a little worried about is that this narrative is going to work simply because the various scandals the Obama administration is mired in are so sweeping and ugly that the public may become fatigued. Whether it’s the alias emails, or the selective prosecutions, or the IRS targeting or the assaults on the privacy of reporters, how much are Americans really paying attention?

And will they accept the invitation from Democrats to roll their eyes, and write it all off as Republicans playing politics?

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • SigFan

    The Democrats are scared witless and are throwing anything they can think of at the wall to see if anything sticks to the Republicans. It might work, but then again all the feces they’re flinging just might splatter back on them. It should.

    • $8194357

      They may have a point tho.

      What has already come to the light is enough to clog the court
      systems for decades.
      And it is the tip of the iceberg of manufactured poser POTUS crisis….
      Everything this illegal dual citizen poser Barry Soetoro
      has done in the last few years is illegal and un Constitutional, IMO.

      • borborygmi45

        You don’t know Jack IMO

        • $8194357

          Thanks gurgle…
          coming from you, that’s special…
          Every time a liberal falls?
          A fairy bell rings, huh.

        • $8194357

          But I do know:

          • realitybasedbob

            No, Gun Nut, you don’t.

          • $8194357

            The universe according to satanic lap dog apologist boob
            should matter to me , why?

          • $8194357

            You are a “pretender” boob…
            Just like Lucifer pretending to be the little g god.
            Just like your president you bow down and worship.


        • $8194357

          Did you know the Platters wrote a song about your boy who would be king back in 55 before he was even born, gurgle?

        • $16179444

          please outline what 7point62 doesn’t know ‘jack’ about — as far as I can tell he is one of the more informed posters here….you? not so much. but regale us with your info.

          • $8194357

            Truth versus false enlightenment….
            They know it all….BUT
            they know nothing real…

    • Bubba

      Do you actually think that? Explain 501 c 4 tax status to us all, in full, please. That is to say, what is the purpose of a 501 c 4, the risks associated with stating political objectives, etc. Please continue to explain illegal “leaks” and how, when and why they can be questioned.

      • Thresherman

        Why the hell should he?

        • Bubba

          Fellow makes a statement about throwing things at walls, and it’s based on harps that relate to people’s “beliefs”. That isn’t actually in the record. If somebody wants to pipe up, fine, but pipe up on the record and on the law. The law matters here because a 501 c 4 isn’t designed to allow for lobbying. I don’t know when it became the fashionable thing to make fire out of water and enemies out of neighbors simply because they didn’t agree with you. If someone wants to take an opinion on a a tax law, I’d like to think they knew about the tax law. You don’t get a tax break just because you disagree with somebody. Now this is an issue? Sounds like the fake churches in the 1980s, all covered by the IRS.

  • sbark

    Jay Leno is helping…he said forget closing gittmo….close IRS
    He is reaching low info voters

    • $8194357

      KISS theory applied for the TV generation of
      indoctrinated liberal enlightenment.

      • Clairvoyant

        Dime store is a rock and roll fan, no less. Are they on tour again, cheesecake?

        You a greasy, long haired FM type? (as Rush calls you guys )

        • $8194357

          Keep It Simple Stupid.
          KISS theory.
          More liberal know it all know nothing a$$umptions Ray ray..
          Low info voters need to keep it simple.
          Make love not war kind of
          political activism these New left Democrats cut their ideological infants teeth on, huh…

        • $8194357

          EXAMPLE Ray ray….
          Trending now on google:
          Popular now

          Miley Cyrus Monokini
          Female Israeli Soldiers
          Steven Seagal
          Fan Brain Damage
          Storm Chasers Killed
          Michael Douglas Cancer
          Lululemon Pants Return
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          • Clairvoyant

            two sided Marxist drivel again. Blasts the brain dead culture, but then spouts off one “brain dead culture”, topic after another. Please tell me that you don’t bother to vote. Please!

          • $8194357

            Ray ray…Pay attention to verse 17 if nothing else.
            Why do U apologize for the devil and then “criticize”
            when someone uses the Bible to Stand Firm in the Faith?

            Exposing the rulers of this worlds “ideologies”
            of Illuminati false enlightenment
            taken as truth for centuries.
            The lie “the world” believes.

            Ephesians 6:12-20
            New King James Version

            12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood,
            but against principalities, against powers,
            against the rulers of the darkness of this age,
            against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
            13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all,
            to stand.

            14 Stand therefore,
            having girded your waist with truth,
            having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

            15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

            16 above all,
            taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

            17 And take the helmet of salvation,
            and the sword of the Spirit,
            which is the word of God;

            18 praying always with all prayer and
            supplication in the Spirit,
            being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

            19 and for me,
            that utterance may be given to me,
            that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel,

            20 for which I am an ambassador in chains;
            that in it I may speak boldly,
            as I ought to speak.

          • Clairvoyant

            ur not only D.C. but DT (Delusional Tart)

          • $8194357

            But I love ya Ray ray….
            With the Love of Christ…
            I love ya and don’t want to see ya perish.

        • two_amber_lamps

          Lol… never heard of the K.I.S.S. principle?

          • Clairvoyant

            Was referring to the Dime Store Christian’s penchant for the libral culture that he likes when he’s not tap tapping his keyboard, contributing to the success of the world. As John Sununu famously said, “come back when you know what you’re talking about!”

          • $8194357

            Liar liar pants on fire…
            Calling me a liberal…
            hee heee heee….
            deceived to the core Ray?

          • Clairvoyant

            2 sided: Speak for free markets, liberty, but drinks the libral Kool-Aid. Hmmm. What about the whole chapter of Ecclesiastes?

          • $8194357

            Your such a know it all Ray ray..
            to bad ya really know nothing at all.
            You started this little pissing contest and that’s all ya got?

          • Clairvoyant

            I’m offering a discussion. All you got is the same robot responses. I challenge you to make a post without any of the following words: Alinsky, marxist, 1913, liberal, socialist, Barry, indoctrinated, Soros, NWO, sheople, lemmings or any reference to Scripture. Good luck, Mr. Christ.

          • $8194357

            Robot this?

            When ya understand end times government as revealed in the Scripture you will begin to see it is all incremental steps,
            “precursors” moving FORWARD to the mark of the beast who owns the governmental one world systems.

            Finger printing,
            SS #’s,
            DNA data storage….
            Precuseors in some form of 666.

            It is what it IS…

            Not what ever stealth PC name they call it at any given
            decade or moment in time, IMHO..
            Check this out how inverted actual history is to the real globalist agendas:


            Build your House upon the ROCK of Truth,
            not the shifting sands of deceptions of the earthly minded.

            Whether Ye be bond servant or free man.
            Do as unto the Lord God Himself.
            Find what pleases Him and rejoice in the
            day He has given you…

            We are all enslaved to end times governance in one way or another…America has been “allowed the illusion” of
            freedom for a more prosperous state tax farm.

            Deuteronomy 32:35-37
            New King James Version

            35 Vengeance is Mine, and recompense;
            Their foot shall slip in due time;
            For the day of their calamity is at hand,
            And the things to come hasten upon them.’

            36 “For the Lord will judge His people
            And have compassion on His servants,
            When He sees that their power is gone,
            And there is no one remaining, bond or free.

            37 He will say:
            ‘Where are their gods,
            The rock in which they sought refuge?



          • $8194357

            You sure is an earthly minded lover of Christ there Ray ray.
            Ephesians 3:17-19
            New King James Version

            17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith;
            that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
            18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints
            what is the width and length and depth and height—
            19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge;
            that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

          • $8194357

            Discuss this.
            It is not about the D and the R behind the names of Federal
            Government anymore and hasn’t been for a very long time…
            Want any Scripture to back this up?


            Trilateral Commission Continues to Dominate Obama

            Find­ings & Fore­casts 06/05/2013

            The posi­tion of National Secu­rity Adviser acts like a gate keeper to the Pres­i­dent. This fact has never been lost on the Tri­lat­eral Com­mis­sion, where Zbig­niew Brzezinski was National Secu­rity Adviser to Pres­i­dent Jimmy Carter in 1976. Brzezinski chore­o­graphed Carter‘s every move, even brag­ging about it years later.

            When it comes to national secu­rity issues (over­seas and domestic), nothing reaches the President’s eyes or ears without being fil­tered and screened by his Adviser. You can imagine pos­si­bility for manip­u­la­tion if the NSA has a secret agenda to use the Pres­i­dent in order to pro­mote goals favor­able to the mem­ber­ship of a pri­vate organization.

            When Obama first took office, he appointed 12 per­cent of the U.S. Tri­lat­eral Com­mis­sion mem­ber­ship to top posts. Three of these posts related to national security:

            National Secu­rity Adviser, Gen. James L. Jones

            Deputy National Secu­rity Adviser, Thomas Donilon

            Director of National Intel­li­gence, Admiral Dennis C. Blair

            When Jones stepped down in October 2010, Tri­lat­eral Thomas Donilon was pro­moted to National Secu­rity Adviser, where he has served until he announced his res­ig­na­tion today.

            Alas, that is not the end of Tri­lat­eral Com­mis­sion hege­mony over Obama. His new appointee? None other than Susan Rice, also a member of the Tri­lat­eral Commission.

            Rice has been a key policy adviser to Obama since before he even took office. As Ambas­sador to the United Nations, Rice infa­mously presided over the pro­pa­ganda sur­rounding the Beng­hazi ter­rorist attack, which caused her to with­draw from con­sid­er­a­tion for appoint­ment to Sec­re­tary of State to replace Hillary Clinton (Bill Clinton was a member). Rice knew that her Senate con­fir­ma­tion hear­ings would not only be unsuc­cessful, but would force her to answer ques­tions, under oath, regarding her role in Benghazi.

            As National Secu­rity Adviser, Senate con­fir­ma­tion for Rice is not required – she will simply take over the posi­tion without fur­ther fan­fare in early July.

            The old guard Tri­lat­erals such as Zbig­niew Brzezinski, David Rock­e­feller and Henry Kissinger, are cer­tainly gloating over the unre­strained igno­rance of the Amer­ican public. After all, Tri­lat­erals have dom­i­nated and con­trolled every pres­i­dent since Jimmy Carter in 1976. Walter Mon­dale, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Al Gore and Dick Cheney were all mem­bers, and loaded their respec­tive high-level posi­tions with other Trilaterals.


  • JoeMN

    So Axelsnot’s line of reasoning is Democrats are so corrupt, Republicans (by exposing it) risk loosing credibility.
    Good thing Democrats have a morally bankrupt base to ignore it all.

    • $8194357

      Dumb begets dumb…
      it is a vicious indoctrinated cycle called:
      marxist thought it up back in the day.

  • mikemc1970

    The Journolisters has spoken, overreach = the new “BRILLIANT”. McDermott sounds like the type of man who would blame a rape on the woman.

    • JoeMN

      McDermott is one of those “gods of the marketplace” liberals feel is uniquely qualified to micromanage every detail of society
      Those details include, but are not limited to sending groceries to astronauts.

      • $8194357

        A$$hat leftist crony.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    Rob, the general public are morons, the obama presidency is proof. The real question is “will any REAL journalists step up or not”?

    • $8194357

      Not if their ideological high priced paychecks depend on it.

  • gene lalor

    America Has Had Far Worse Scandals–The USS Liberty: Shame and Betrayal

    Forty six years ago this week, the USS Liberty, an
    American Navy research ship located in international waters off the Sinai
    Peninsula at the height of the Six Day War between Israel and Egypt, Lebanon,
    and Syria, was attacked by Israeli Air Force jet fighters and Israeli torpedo
    boats in broad daylight.

    The unprovoked assault by an ostensible American ally on June 8,
    1967, which could have been mitigated had not rescue planes been recalled,
    resulted in the deaths of 34 crew members serving on the Liberty, the wounding
    of 171, and significant damage to the ship.

    After the smoke cleared, that ostensible ally proffered a lame
    apology, absurdly alleging the Liberty was misidentified as an Egyptian ship,
    despite the fact the Liberty was clearly marked and had displayed a 13 foot long
    American flag after initially flying a standard flag which had been shot down by
    Israeli Mirages.

    Israel contended it was all just an unfortunate error.

    Both the Israeli and US governments conducted investigations and
    concluded the attack was indeed a mistake caused by Israeli “confusion” about
    the ship, which doesn’t make any sense. Survivors–those who had witnessed the
    attack firsthand–swore there was no confusion at all and that the attack was
    deliberate and that the Israelis had even strafed their ship and life rafts to
    help insure there were no survivors.

    The inquiries essentially whitewashed the “incident” and totally
    absolved Israel of any intentionality in the obviously-intentional attack which
    was may have been conducted in an effort to blame the Egyptians and perhaps
    induce the neutral United States to join Israel in the conflict. The Israelis
    had attempted but failed to sink the Liberty and murder all aboard but the
    powers-that-be evidently valued a dubious alliance far more than American

    Captain William L. McGonagle essentially concurred in his crewmens’
    account and was later awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor–in a curiously
    secret ceremony. . .

    (

  • Ratbite

    Sadly most Repubicans lack the cajones to follow through on any thing unless it’s attacking conservatives. I seriously doubt much will be done about Obama’s corruption cuz Obama’s FBI had the dirt on everyone & they will not hesitate to use it.

  • flamemeister

    When you are dealt a king-high straight flush, how do you overplay it? The only way to lose is for your opponent to make you believe that he has a Royal Flush. The probability of this happening in five-card draw with a king-high straight flush already out of the deck approaches zero. Republicans are fully capable of losing with a king-high straight flush on a bluff.

  • banjo kid

    As the EPA joins the crew of the DOJ and the IRS we have a complete wrap up of scandals including a negligent part on Obama when he allowed four men to die . I can not imagine any one that does not believe that Obama and his crew are guilty of stealing the election and compromising the lives of many who are losing their shirts because of three year delays. The DOJ has three scandals so far maybe more with the black panthers , and the gun running, and the search for dirt on others, they lead the pack . over three hundred Mexicans lost their lives with guns supplied by the DOJ and the ATF, and one American patrolman what will it take to get these criminals out of office?

  • LastBestHope

    I have a dream. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Obama had recordings of all conversations in the Oval Office and some WH underling unexpectedly disclosed this fact to Issa’s committee.

    Issa could then subpoena these recordings. Obama would claim they are protected by Executive Privilege and refuse. The SCOTUS would then rule against the POTUS

    it’s deja vu all over again.

  • LastBestHope

    BREAKING: It’s not just the IRS.

    A second federal agency is facing a probe and accusations of political bias over its alleged targeting of conservative groups.

    The allegations concern the Environmental Protection Agency, which is being accused of trying to charge conservative groups fees while largely exempting liberal groups. The fees applied to Freedom of Information Act requests — allegedly, the EPA waived them for liberal groups far more often than it did for conservative ones.

    The allegations are under investigation by the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is also holding hearings on the Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative groups.

    Read more:

    • $8194357

      Marxist inspired ideological cause soul mates
      to our enslavement. IRS and the EPA as well
      as all the other unconstitutional soviet central planning
      government agencies put in place since FDR.

      The EPA is one of the “main” false cause
      law enforcement arms of soviet central planning oligarchy
      as is the IRS.
      Never had an IRS soviet central planning Federal Reserve System
      mob enforcement branch before the soviet central planning FRS was created with it, huh.

      • realitybasedbob

        Mr. Soros needs to give you a pay raise, Gun Nut.

        No one make nutters look dumber than you make nutters look.

        • LenYol

          Soros is one of your own kind, anti American. No one makes you look dumber than you do yourself.

          • mickey_moussaoui

            we generally give Boobie the Rocket dog a break. Years of alchohol self medication have fried his nervos system right to the stem core

          • $8194357

            coupled with liberal brainwashing, he is “toasted”

          • $8194357


          • devilschild

            No…that one was just an 8x maybe a 9x but definitely not a 10x.

          • $8194357

            Thanks for your input.

            Ever think about “Conversion thru Salvation”?

            You really should seek an “alternative life style”
            than the rest of the lost and deceived world, ya know.

          • devilschild

            ah…but does salvation come at death or conversion?

          • $8194357

            According to my Bible….

            At heartfelt conversion.
            The “conviction of sin and need of Christ”
            for Atonement asked for from the heart.

            “religion” is a hole card or safety net approach to true repentance and the Salvation experience…
            Creates a new creature IN Christ it does…
            The New man is Born from Spirit and Truth.

          • $8194357

            The New Man (woman) having been
            Born Again of Spirit and Truth.
            Not water from its mothers womb and sinful flesh.

            Colossians 3:9-11
            New King James Version

            9 Do not lie to one another,
            since you have put off the old man with his deeds,
            10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, 11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.

            End quote:
            Without conviction of sin?
            How does one repent or know the need of the Savior?
            From the heart where God still speaks to mankind in the still quit voice….
            Ask Seek and Knock that the Door might be opened unto you…For it is Jesus who is calling
            “Come…Open your heart and let Me in”…

        • $8194357

          Barry’s darth vader?
          You rhetoric is lame.

  • Thresherman

    So let’s review the bidding. On Sunday, Axelrod and Poulffe, Poof or whatever his name is, came on the Sunday shows and said there could be no connection to the White House because it would be stupid. As if this administration hasn’t exact;y shown itself to be the most mentally gifted of administrations, I guess they had rethought that line of spin and now have come up with this.

    What they are doing is sending as clear a signal as they can to their allies in the media to start shifting the blame to the GOP. Unfortunately after shafting the media on the wiretapping bit, it is starting to feel a little bit abused by these Chicago thugs. The racism charge doesn’t work for them here either, so their bag of tricks is running dry and I can’t wait to see what else they pull out of their anus to try and lay the blame for this on the GOP.

    • JoeMN

      Using Flamemeisters analogy, this is the administration demanding the media cover their bluff on a pair of deuces.

      • mickey_moussaoui

        exactly. classic left wing spin. isolate and attack

  • LenYol

    And as a reward for her part in the cover up…

    “Susan Rice to replace Donilon as national security adviser”

  • awfulorv

    It’s another example of the Democratic view of treating political wounds. The wound itself is benign, it’s that darn scab which concerns them.

  • Goon

    The Obama administration sent Chicago style Hack David Axel-idiot, which means this is a bigger deal then the Obumble administration is leading on. Axel-idiot is a bare knuckles Chicago style politician of the nth degree, he’s a sleaze bucket, the dirtiest of dirty. There is no lower form of life than him. This henchman is out to clean up the mess, he has been sent by Barry himself.