Loquacious Lois . . . Well, she won’t talk to Congress, but she didn’t take the Fifth with Politico. Lois Lerner has no apologies and thinks she did nothing wrong:
Employers won’t hire her. She’s been berated with epithets like “dirty Jew.” Federal agents have guarded her house because of death threats. And she’s spent hundreds of thousands of dollars defending herself against accusations she orchestrated a coverup in a scandal that has come to represent everything Americans hate about the IRS.
Lois Lerner is toxic – and she knows it. But she refuses to recede into anonymity or beg for forgiveness for her role in the IRS tea party-targeting scandal.
‘I didn’t do anything wrong,” Lerner said in her first press interview since the scandal broke 16 months ago. “I’m proud of my career and the job I did for this country.
WH Safety zone . . . White House fence jumping is so frequent an occurrence these days it threatens to be made an Olympic sport. With the latest jumper actually getting into the president’s home, new security measures are under consideration. Washington Post:
After an unprecedented security breach Friday night at the White House, the U.S. Secret Service is weighing a series of measures that would move tourists and D.C. residents farther away from the complex to reduce the chances of intruders piercing its security perimeter and endangering the president.
One proposal is to keep people off the sidewalks around the White House fence and create several yards of additional barrier around the compound’s perimeter. Another is to screen visitors as far as a block away from the entrance gates.
Omar Gonazlez appears in court today.
Obama channeling Reagan . . . Make it stop! Obama has been campaigning for Democrats by asking voters if they’re better off than they were four years ago. Only problem is, they’re not. Reuters:
Obama, stumping for the Democrats ahead of November’s congressional elections, has twice invoked Ronald Reagan’s seminal campaign question: “Are you better off than you were four years ago?”
Framing the debate like that helped Reagan twice – in 1980 when he beat incumbent Jimmy Carter, and then again in 1984 when he won re-election during an economic upswing.
But a similar message has failed to resonate for Obama primarily for one reason: while he stresses the economy has improved in almost every aspect on his watch, average family incomes have slipped.
Obama’s October Surprise? . . . Analyst Juan Williams thinks war fever could help Obama and the Democrats as Americans rally around the flag. But I doubt it. Americans won’t buy Obama’s Chamberlainesque war effort. From the piece:
Get ready for bombs bursting in air and this election’s October Surprise – President Obama’s air strikes to “degrade and ultimately destroy” ISIS.
Initially political fall-out from the murders of two Americans and one British citizen, all beheaded by ISIS, seemed to be another drag on President Obama’s already mediocre approval rating. The president was heavily criticized for failing to take the fight to ISIS before their barbaric acts and then for the lack of a clear strategy to defeat them.
But in the last week polls show public opinion shifting in the president’s favor.
Flat Earthers, unite! . . . OMB chief Shaun Donovan pukes up more White House bile. CNS News:
Shawn Donovan, director of the Office of Management and Budget, said on Friday that if you don’t believe in climate change and support federal spending to fight it, you believe the earth is flat.
“The failure to invest in climate solutions and climate preparedness doesn’t get you membership in a fiscal conservatives caucus,” Donovan said at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. “It makes you a member of the Flat Earth Society.”
Our mysterious “coalition” . . . Samantha Powers insists we’re getting help against ISIS, but she won’t give details. That’s because the details don’t compare to the 48-nation alliance of nations that contributed ACTUAL ARMED FORCES to the 2003 Bush Iraq War effort. Fox News:
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Sunday that the American-led effort to destroy the terror group Islamic State has support from more than 40 countries but declined to name them or the extent of their support.
“It’s up to the individual country,” Ambassador Samantha Power told ABC’s “This Week.”
France last week joined the United States in airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq, and Saudi Arabia has offered to help train moderate anti-Islamic State group fighters.
Power did exude some rare common sense, however, when she asserted that the United States doesn’t need UN authorization to conduct airstrikes against ISIS.
ISIS rolls as Obama dithers . . . Obama failed to do anything for three years. Now he’s going to approve every airstrike in Syria personally. This is gonna go great. Wall Street Journal:
Syrian Kurdish forces renewed their call for international intervention on Sunday as the United Nations said 70,000 people had fled into Turkey to escape an Islamic State offensive on a strategic border town.
Since Thursday, Islamic State rebels, backed by tanks and other heavy armor, have seized control of more than 60 villages near the regional capital of Ayn al-Arab, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group. The extremist insurgents, also known as ISIS or ISIL have also forced the evacuation of about 100 other villages, Kurdish field commanders and Turkish officials said.
NOT SO FAST . . . Christie is still under investigation. Reports last week that he was out of hot water may have come too soon. According to the Wall Street Journal:
“The federal investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane closures isn’t over, as attorneys for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s staff respond to subpoenas and witnesses are called to testify before a special grand jury, said people familiar with the matter.
The results of U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman’s probe would have implications if Mr. Christie, a Republican, decides to run for president in 2016. His supporters were cheered by a report last week by WNBC, the NBC affiliate in New York, that said Mr. Fishman had turned up no evidence so far that the governor directed the lane closures or knew about them ahead of time.
The nine-month investigation is ‘very much ongoing,’ a spokeswoman for Mr. Fishman said.”