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Carney Takes the High Road with Issa

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today immediately seized the high ground left wide open by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), repeatedly declining to respond to Issa’s charge that he is a “paid liar.” Instead, Carney used questions about the charge to launch into a discussion of President Obama’s commitment to getting to the bottom of the IRS matter.

Carney spoke this afternoon during the daily White House briefing.

I’m not going to get into a back and forth with Chairman Issa. I think what our focus is, and has been, is the need to find out all the inappropriate activity that occurred and make sure that, as the president asked, all those who are responsible and blah blah blah.

Dumb idea, Darrell.

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20 Responses to Carney Takes the High Road with Issa

  1. Joe Wilson was right and so is Issa.

    Time to stop playing nice-nice and if the LEFT needs to be reminded of “name calling” there is no shortage of quotes available, including Obama’s: “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.”

  2. Whether he took the high road or couldn’t think of any reasonable defense, depends on a point of view.
    What could he possible say: ‘hey, I’m not a liar, I just don’t tell the truth’?

    I don’t know, I wasn’t there, go ask them, the Repubs did it, and of course, the zinger insult at the questioner are trademarks of these press briefings.

  3. Taking the high road? No, Jay has no defense.

    But then again, as long as the WHPC is satisfied with the information Jay gives he most likely knows he can get away with the standard blah blah.

  4. But Issa spoke the truth about Carney… Duh!

    And dont forget, politicans are “paid sleaze-balls” (re: Congress & the current WH)

  5. as the president asked,

    SNIP
    ***************

    ASKED? He’s the president, for pity’s sake. Why doesn’t he ORDER?

  6. Instead, Carney used questions about the charge to launch into a discussion of President Obama’s commitment to getting to the bottom of the IRS matter.

    In other words, Carney used the opportunity to tell even more lies.

  7. Let’s not get to cute about this – Issa was merely stating what everyone already knows – Carney comes to the podium every day to try to spin the obvious away from the obvious. It’s not like Issa crossed some “line” by offending the most honest guy in the conversation – it’s not like he’s accusing someone with a stellar reputation of being improper. Carney deserves no special treatment because he’s the orifice by which this administrations BS is dispersed. Carney’s reputation was created by Jay Carney, not by CBS, not by Fox News, not by Issa.

    Let’s not get too offended when someone calls the dishonest man a liar.