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Plouffe Suggests Issa May be a Criminal

by Keith Koffler on June 3, 2013, 4:25 pm

The kerfuffle over House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa’s calling White House Press Secretary Jay Carney a liar is nothing compared to the ugly Chicago, Alinskyite politics that reared its head in response.

The very president who was supposed to be above something as pedestrian as politics has shown once again that he is in fact the ugliest practitioner of it since Richard Nixon.

“Strong words from Mr Grand Theft Auto and suspected arsonist/insurance swindler. And loose ethically today,” tweeted David Plouffe Sunday in response to news that Issa had called into question Carney’s honesty.

Obama and PlouffePlouffe’s slimy remark refers to dropped charges against Issa in the 1970s that he and his brother stole a car, and the claim of a former owner of one of Issa’s companies that Issa had intentionally burned it down. Issa was never charged with wrongdoing in the latter case. But that’s of no concern to the White House.

Plouffe, after having spearheaded the 2008 campaign and then served as Obama’s senior advisor in the White House, is today a private citizen. But thinking of him as apart from Obama’s orbit is like saying your brother’s out of the family because he went to college.

Like the Clintonites before them, the Obama White House uses outside advisors as attack dogs to keep itself looking clean. Carney Monday refused to comment on Plouffe’s remarks, as if they had originated from Mars.

But unlike other outside hit men, Plouffe is really something different.

Once in late 2009, in the White House press office, I looked up at the TV and saw a report on something controversial that was in a book just published by Plouffe, “The Audacity to Win.” I glanced over at couple of Obama press aides and said, “Is the rabbi going to be happy?” referring to Obama.

They laughed. One of them said, “He is the rabbi,” referring to Plouffe.

Plouffe is not just some former paid hack. He has served at the right hand of the president of the United States, and perhaps more than anyone is responsible for Obama getting to the Oval Office in the first place.

Given the power Plouffe wielded and probably continues to wield – who in the White House, including the president, would refuse his phone call? – the notion that he will be engaged in sordid personal attacks should be pretty disconcerting.

It’s reasonable to conclude that Ploufffe doesn’t do things that won’t be well received in the White House, and that many things he does might even have been run up the West Wing flagpole first.

This is effectively Obama roughing up his chief antagonist on Capitol Hill in the most coarse and malignant manner. It’s a sure signal to other White House allies, on Capitol Hill and elsewhere, to begin trying to destroy Issa.

And it’s a desecration of Obama’s office. Then again, that’s nothing much new.

But more interestingly, it may be a sign that the White House is much more gravely concerned about Issa than it lets on.

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Rod June 3, 2013 at 4:43 pm

If history is any guide, Issa will soon be audited by the IRS, his tax forms released to the MSM, and the smear campaign will begin in earnest. Are we still concerned that Issa called Carney a liar or are we going to get serious that our government is waging an assault on and harassing those who disagree with Obama and his minions?

gracepmc June 3, 2013 at 4:49 pm

DOJ smears Rosen. Plouffe smears Issa. It’s the Chicago way.

Harry Reid is an honorary Chicagoan.

DMcG June 3, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Those who dare to criticize the Annointed One better be prepared to play tackle football. These guys are as hardcore as any who have ever been in the American political system.

Lizzy June 3, 2013 at 5:13 pm


Frank June 3, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Plouffe is like Rahm “Deadfish” Emanuel, a twit.

pianogirl88 June 3, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Before the next POTUS can move into the White House on January 20, 2017, we’ll need an exorcist to do a thorough cleansing of the The Peoples House.

Lizzy June 3, 2013 at 5:15 pm

No kidding its so bad we will have to have the Pope come and
free our house of all the pure evil that lurks in our house.

Julie Brueckheimer June 3, 2013 at 4:57 pm

It was perfectly OK for Stephanie Cutter to call Romney a felon during the election though.

DeniseVB June 3, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Harry Reid stated on the Senate floor Romney didn’t pay his taxes. On the frickin’ Senate floor !


Playrighter June 3, 2013 at 9:10 pm

and while Reid may have had legal protection because his words were uttered on the Senate floor, he followed up by sending out an email affirming what he’d said originally.

Someone with less forgiveness than Romney could have sued Reid into the poor house.

Mandy Manners June 3, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Issa can take care of himself, but I still wonder about the Rosens, and those having to pay legal fees trying to get their charitable clearances from the IRS.

DeniseVB June 3, 2013 at 5:37 pm

I’m hoping News Corps will take of that.

Mandy Manners June 3, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Sometimes I wonder if what we need is a Taiwanese-style brawl in Congress.

rulierose June 3, 2013 at 5:38 pm

the worst “since” Nixon? that implies that Obama is *just as bad as* Nixon. personally, I think Obama’s worse.

I was around during the Watergate era, and it was nothing, nothing, NOTHING like it is now. back then, people were outraged when Spiro Agnew called the media “nattering nabobs of negativity.” compare to “Issa’s a criminal and Mitt Romney killed somebody’s wife,” and you can see the difference.

of course, in 1975 it would also have been unheard of to run a commercial about “erectile dysfunction” before 11pm, let alone during the dinner hour. so it’s a whole different ballgame.

Julie Brueckheimer June 3, 2013 at 5:43 pm

Thanks for reminding me. I had remembered Cutter calling him a felon, but I forgot about the ads implying that he killed someone’s wife.

Susan June 3, 2013 at 6:46 pm

So true, rulierose. In hindsight, we were all outraged by Spiro Agnew’s “nattering nabobs of negativity” because the press and TV news was outraged by it. Doubt the state-run media of today will even mention Plouffe accused Issa of being a criminal.

Heard on Hannity that Stephanie Cutter admitted to being in attendance at some of the 157 meetings with the former IRS Chief Douglas Shulman at the White House. Darrell Issa should subpoena Ms. Cutthroat Cutter to appear before his committee and get her to testify under oath whether Mitt Romney’s tax returns or anything of a political nature was discussed at any of those meetings.

Otis Driftwood June 3, 2013 at 10:17 pm

am sure she will plead the 5th.. just like everyone else connected to the WH or IRS currently in the hot seat. All I can hope for is Issa or someone else just holds the course and follows through.

DeniseVB June 3, 2013 at 10:32 pm

Nixon targeted political “enemies” that is, other politicians. Obama’s targeted grassroots citizens, people like you and me.

Star June 3, 2013 at 6:09 pm

I don’t now what this amts to–but on THE FIVE they said charges had all been dismissed. Don’t know the details. This is just guttersnipes at play.

Scottso June 3, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Issa’s brother from what i understand DID go to jail for grand theft auto when Issa was 19.
The question is…does Obama or anyone else want everyone to know what they were doing when they were 19.
In fact, we aren’t allowed to know what Obama’s grades were in college.

Star June 4, 2013 at 10:54 am

His bro, not him? Joy riding? Well, not good, but also not relevant.

Mandy Manners June 3, 2013 at 6:19 pm

Isn’t this libel? Pouffle had plenty of time to determine the truth of these allegations.

Sadie June 3, 2013 at 6:44 pm

People who live in glass houses ….

In December 2010, Plouffe received $100,000 for two speeches in Nigeria from an affiliate of the South African telecommunications company MTN Group. At the time, MTN had been doing business with the government of Iran since 2005. Eric Schultz said the criticism of Plouffe’s speeches before he joined the White House was was “misplaced.”

Plouffe was already working for Obama in one capacity or another since 2004. YES, Mandy, we all could use a Taiwanese-style brawl and I’d be more than happy to throw out the first punch. ; )

Mandy Manners June 3, 2013 at 8:56 pm

Thanks for jump-starting a niggling memory, Sadie.

What kind of sanctions did we have in place against Iran in 2005?

srdem65 June 3, 2013 at 6:21 pm

MrObama and his Dem minions didn’t call any of us out by name, but by association with any thought that didn’t fall in the Dem agenda.
Racist, haters, tea-baggers, anti-(everything), terrorists, gun crazy, wing nuts, child killers, women haters, homophobes, flat earth nuts, un-American, and enemies are just some of the hateful, hurtful words that we had hurled at us.

We never heard one Repub or Dem protest on our behalf or call out anyone who tried to marginalize our protests with name-calling.
Not one. MrIssa can take care of himself.

gracepmc June 3, 2013 at 6:40 pm

This is OT . Here is a list of Bilderberg Attendees. I always just think it’s “interesting” — but what caught my attention is Petraeus is there. Perhaps because of his new position with KKR, which would make sense.

Julie Brueckheimer June 3, 2013 at 8:43 pm

I saw that too. I’m not certain about what Bilderberg does, but I’ve picked up a bit of a sinister vibe that it’s almost a world government and that among themselves, for example, they decide on who the next President is going to be.

Mandy Manners June 3, 2013 at 11:29 pm

Infowars? Really?

Misscheryl June 3, 2013 at 6:43 pm

“The very president who was supposed to be above something as pedestrian as politics has shown once again that he is in fact the ugliest practitioner of it since Richard Nixon.”

Truer words never said. That’s one of the many reasons why I despise the man. A more vindictive, small, punitive man you’ll never find.

Sadie June 3, 2013 at 7:07 pm

“A more vindictive, small, punitive man you’ll never find.”

From your mouth to G-d’s ears. I hope he’s the worst we’ll ever see. Unfortunately, the damage is done and it will take decades to undo it – if ever.

Julie Brueckheimer June 3, 2013 at 8:45 pm

That’s what SwedishLady says about Sweden, and we’re so much larger that the time to right the ship would take even longer.

Sadie June 3, 2013 at 9:16 pm

POTUS has all the navigating skills of Capt. Francesco Schettino (Costa Concordia).

TimW June 4, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Pretty much the whole case for Obama was a bunch of steaming horse shit. He was supposed to be post racial….instead everything is about race and racial relations are the worst I have seen in years. He was supposed to be post partisian…instead he has been the most partisian dickhead the counrty has ever seen. He was supposed to usher in a new age of civility in politics and quickly labled his political opponenets, tea baggers, racist, stupid morons who need to be punished.

He is the biggest con man the world has ever seen and we are going to have to live with the results.

Misscheryl June 4, 2013 at 4:09 pm

As you stated, we are going to have to live with the results. Elections have consequences. Our failure as voters to be diligent, uncompromising our virtue and disciplined to do the right thing. We, over the past 50 years have allowed big government liberals to chip away as long as they didn’t mess with our little lives. I suspect we’ll continue to allow this chipping away until it finally costs us our way of life, our freedom and make us slaves to this monstrosity of a government and those who retain the power but by then, it will be too late and we will have lost all ability to have our vote heard. We’re almost there now.

just-saying June 3, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Statute of limitations says it’s over. Not so for Obummer.

Noma June 3, 2013 at 7:54 pm observation here is not very cerebral – but, what’s with the creepy bho look in this photo? Is his face stuck on smile or has he lost it completely?

ImNoDhimmi June 4, 2013 at 9:07 am

Barry gets more demented looking every day. Maybe the pressure is finally getting to him. I would pay money to watch him have a very public, very messy meltdown, to see him rant and rave like the maniac he is.

Lizzy June 3, 2013 at 8:01 pm

So let’s see Plouffe suggests Issa may be a criminal? This begs the question what’s his opinion of his beloved infidel Barak who was not only
one toke over the line but used a bit of cocaine as a learning experience
of course. Hypocrisy must be mandatory to work in the Obama ship of

gobnait June 3, 2013 at 9:55 pm

That’s rich coming from the party that lionized Ted Kennedy who left a young woman to drown in his car.

Mandy Manners June 3, 2013 at 10:24 pm

And, from the party that defended a rapist from Arkansas.

cincycinco June 4, 2013 at 8:55 am

Amazing how, when faced with clear evidence of current criminal misconduct, our Democrat friends reach out 2, 3, even 4 decades for dogs on cars, youthful indiscretions, and rocks painted with racist slogans that are in the same campground as an Opposition member, isn’t it?

But here’s the scary thing; it works.

There is no straw too thin for them to use it to stick a Republican candidate in the eye. I liked the campground thing particuarly. During the primaries, when it looked like Rick Perry would be a serious contender, someone went literally under a rock to find a racist slur painted on a rock that Mr. Perry may have seen. This painted out word (former eponymous label for a type of cactus) was not an issue when Mr. Perry started his political career as a Democrat, but was certainly a nice way to paint him as a racist a quarter century later when he became a Republican contender. Despite there being no linkage to the candidate himself actually painting this, and despite his denunications of the term, even Republicans turned on him and seemed to agree that it was an unforgivable sin. This is one of the largest reasons we will never say “President Perry”, as he may as well have it spray painted on his head instead of on a rock at this point, and it can never be wiped away.

Similarly, the left sucessfully painted (no pun intended) Romney as a literal gay-basher for some high school incident where Mr. Romey “viciously” cut an apparently gay classmate’s hair. One wonders if the vitriol over this incident was more about the fact that he was intruding on hairstyling, where no straight man may tread, but I digress… Anyway, what this conclusively proved was that Romney was a bullying jerk.

In 1965.

The thing is, the campaign was nearly a half-century later. Many of us were NOT model citizens around our 18th birthday, and people do change. Mr. Romney, for example, matured, married, and embraced his religion. The fact that someone had to go back 4 decades to find this example of “meanness” would suggest that it was not that easy to find a more recent one.

G_d may forgive, but Democrats never do. Unless you join them…

Also, in the context of the election at hand at the time, I believe that a Presdent that allowed an Amabassador to be murderd while he watched in real time because the political calculus said it was best for HIM was somehow more current, relevant, and serious. Hair grows back. Ambassador Stevens will not. Somehow, though, at least 47% of my fellow citizens determined otherwise.

A lack of proof never bothers Obama. Whatever his people may throw out, a willing press laps it up and serves it as fact with little or no investigation. How many of Herman Cain’s accusers were substantiated? Was Obama’s statement on Benghazi being a terroist attack REALLY in the transcript as Ms. Crowley stated? Yeah, that’s what I thought…

It’s not just Obama, not just “the Chicago way”, and not even really just a Democrat thing. It’s a lawyer thing.

If the facts are against you, argue the law
If the law is against you, argure the facts
If the facts AND the law is against you, YELL LIKE HELL!

Seems like Obama and Co. ARE yelling like hell. Given the axiom above, what does that suggest about the meat of the matter?

Don’t back down, Represenative Issa. These folks just yell louder the weaker they get. They’re yelling pretty loud now, you just may be onto something…

Frank Cardinalli June 10, 2013 at 11:32 am

Darrel Issa represents the politicial malignancy that that the
Republican Party has allowed itself to become. Its a shame.
As for Pfouffle’s remark remember that when Issa calls Mr.
Carney a liar, by proxy he is calling the Adminstration liars.
If you throw a punch like that you should expect a response.

Susan July 18, 2013 at 9:47 pm

They are doing what the left always does, send out their attack dogs, digging up dirt and getting their people to put it on blogs, on the radio and in the liberal media about Issas past. Funny thing is more and more people don’t care. Plouffe, Obama, Axelrod, Gibbs have shown what kind of morals they have and it would take something alot worse than Issa to reach the levels of degradation and immorality than them.

ROY S. MALLMANN July 27, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Does anybody know what Barack Obama’s real social security number was? That is the one he had when he worked at Baskin and Robbins, his first job. I would love to see someone find it and run it for a criminal record. The Social Security number that he uses now was registered to a deceased person from Connecticut which makes sense because Obama’s aunt worked in Vital Statistics in Connecticut when he obtained it. There has got to be a reson why he does not use his legal real Social Security number. What is he hiding?

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