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Marco Rubio Says IRSgate Fauxspiracy Proves We Must Repeal Obamacare Because Why Not

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It's nice to see Republicans fearlessly continue to overplay their hand on IRSghazigate, isn't it? A dude in a cubicle in Cincinnati thought some of those teabagger groups what want to overthrow the black president because he lowered their taxes deserved some extra scrutiny before getting their special don't-have-to-pay-taxes waiver, and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Quitter) wants to impeach the president, Sen. Mitch McTurtle's making home videos about how Obama = Nixon, and now Sen. Marco Rubio says a bunch of argle bargle:


"So the only answer to this is to repeal Obamacare," Rubio said in response to an email from a man in Orlando, Fla. "It’s just one more reason why this law is going to be a disaster for our country. And in the months to come, I’m really going to focus on the issue of repealing Obamacare because in addition to the IRS’s role there is all sorts of other problems with regards to Obamacare that we need to answer."

Well, of course IRSgate proves we must repeal Obamacare. Just like Obama's re-election proves we must repeal Obamacare. Just like the sun rising in the east proves we must repeal Obamacare. Doesn't everything lead back to repealing Obamacare? Except for the actual three dozen plus votes on repealing Obamacare, which never seem to actually end up with, you know, repealing Obamacare?

Oh, but this time, now that something something IRS teabaggers something, it's serious. After all, the IRS scandal is the worst scandal since the last worst scandal, so obviously, it is time to -- wait. What's this?

But a close examination of these groups and others reveals an array of election activities that tax experts and former I.R.S. officials said would provide a legitimate basis for flagging them for closer review.

“Money is not the only thing that matters,” said Donald B. Tobin, a former lawyer with the Justice Department’s tax division who is a law professor at Ohio State University. “While some of the I.R.S. questions may have been overbroad, you can look at some of these groups and understand why these questions were being asked.”

Ohhhh. So these groups were engaging in election activities that would at least call into question their non-profit, nonpartisan status and maybe, just maybe, require some, oh, gosh, what do you call it? Further scrutiny? Such as?

Tom Zawistowski, president of the Ohio Liberty Coalition, another Tea Party group that has complained about the scrutiny it received from the I.R.S., sent out regular e-mails to members about Romney campaign events and organized protests around the state to “demand the truth about Benghazi” when Mr. Obama visited before the 2012 election. The coalition also canvassed neighborhoods, handing out Romney campaign “door hangers,” Mr. Zawistowski said.

But he was probably getting out the vote for Romney and slamming Obama in a nonpartisan way. That's what his lawyers told him, after all, so IMPEACH! And REPEAL! And shoot Hillary Clinton in the benghina, just for good measure.

Or maybe Republicans should go back to the drawing board and try to come up with another bullshit reason why Obama is THE WORSTEST PRESIDENT EVER.

[TPM/NYT]

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Surprise, everybody! As we suspected, the Trump administration knew about the horrifying family domestic abuse stories in Patrick Shanahan's history, and they were trying to push through his Defense Secretary nomination anyway. We didn't assume they knew because the Trump administration is so very good at vetting people -- it clearly isn't. But, considering the enormity of the story, the question that kept bothering us yesterday when the Shanahan news broke was HOW IN THE HELL DID THEY THINK THIS WOULD STAY SECRET?

CBS News reports:

President Trump said as he departed for Florida Tuesday that he had only learned of Shanahan's family issues for the first time "yesterday."

But that is apparently a lie, or at least we should assume it's a lie, because we should always assume Trump is lying about each and every thing he says, in general. Anyway, whether El Dipshit was personally told, Trump admin people say ayup, they knew all about it:

One senior administration official told CBS News the White House was aware of the incident involving Shanahan's son, but didn't know about the 2010 confrontation. Another official said the White House knew about the 2011 incident dating back to when Bill Shine was White House communications director.

In case you need a quick refresher, the "2010 confrontation" is alleged domestic violence between Shanahan and his ex-wife, whose name is now Kimberley Jordinson, which was detailed in their divorce papers. (The ex-wife was arrested, not Shanahan.) The "2011 incident" is the one where Shanahan's 17-year-old son beat the shit out of his mom -- that same ex-wife -- with a baseball bat and left her in a pool of her own blood, and Daddy appears to have gone to great lengths to cover it up.

As CBS reports, some senators have been very curious as to why they were never informed of this way back in 2017, when Shanahan was nominated to be the deputy secretary of Defense. (He was confirmed.) Did the White House know then? Did Shanahan conceal it from everybody? Is that where the White House vetting process -- which is, again, just awesome, obviously -- went all wrong?

Or does the Trump administration just not think the nominee getting mutually fisticuffy with his wife, and trying to mount a coverup for his son when that son bludgeoned that wife with a baseball bat, is so bad, especially when you are trying to staff your administration with The Best People?

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