Max Baucus Urged IRS to Target Conservatives, Now He's Investigating It
RUSH: Max Baucus is now investigating the IRS. The same guy who urged the IRS to target conservative groups in 2010, Senator Max Baucus. He's retiring, isn't he? Yeah, and none too soon. Max Baucus today: "To what extent did the IRS say we gotta look at some of these organizations in the context of Citizens United?" Well, he's the one who asked them to! Max Baucus, who's now investigating the IRS, is the guy -- one of many, by the way -- who urged the IRS to target conservative group way back in 2010.
Max Baucus is now leading an investigation into why the IRS targeted conservative nonprofit groups. Remember, now, the acting commissioner, Steven Miller, said today that it was partisan. The only thing noteworthy about that was that he said it wasn't partisan last week. I guess the threat of perjury has this tendency to squeeze the truth out of things. So he's admitting that it was partisan. Max Baucus "is leading an investigation into why the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative nonprofit groups for extra scrutiny despite the fact that Baucus once wrote a letter urging the IRS to do exactly that.
"Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, will head the committee’s investigation into the IRS ... Baucus wrote a letter to then-IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman dated September 28, 2010 urging the IRS to investigative nonprofit conservative groups during the Tea Party-dominated 2010 midterm elections." This scandal's gonna continue to dribble out. What do you call this? This is "drip, drip, drip." It's a little wet leak, a wet leak here. It's just gonna keep dribbling out.
It's not gonna get Obama, folks. That isn't gonna happen. This country is not gonna support removing the first African-American president from office. That isn't gonna happen, so change your focus. As I said yesterday, the day before, and last week: The focus here needs to be, "This is what happens when liberals run things." You really need to be pointing this out. This is what happens when liberals have control of government. It gets big, out of control, and they use every aspect of government they can for political purposes.
In fact, as far as liberals are concerned, the reason to acquire power is to use government to target your enemies. That's exactly what's happening here, and it wouldn't matter who the president is. It's what was going on to a certain extent with Clinton. It's certainly what happened with FDR. They're liberals. This is what they do. We conservatives? (chuckling) We want to get government out of everybody's lives, including our own. These people salivate over the possibility of having all this power.
And believe me, their purpose is not to defend and protect the Constitution. Their purpose is not to build a greater country. Their purpose is to get rid of their enemies, their opponents.
Sharyl Attkisson Targeted Too?
RUSH: Sharyl Attkisson was answering some questions about what happened to James Rosen at Fox. We talked about that in great detail yesterday, too. In order to basically bug James Rosen's e-mails, the regime had to call him a coconspirator in a plan to undermine US foreign policy. It's just beyond the pale. And, of course, who did that? Obama didn't know anything about it. No, no, no. Obama didn't know about anything. Obama doesn't even know he's president. That's how detached he is. They have to tell him every day, "You know, you are president."
"Oh, yeah, okay. I'll see you on the basketball court, gonna go shoot hoops." Anyway, so whoever's doing what they're doing with James Rosen, they don't have to be told by Obama to do it. They know that's what's expected. Sharyl Attkisson, who was answering a question about James Rosen, said that she's not ready to fully talk publicly about this, but there has been an issue with her house and with her computer that was first noticed on or possibly before February 2011 that is being investigated by an analyst. She had been covering Fast and Furious and the green energy stories, and Benghazi, but that hadn't happened yet. She's been covering these things nobody else at CBS was.
The White House is very nervous about it, and she said several times that she thinks her work and personal computers have been compromised. She hasn't detailed it yet, but she's convinced that somebody has wormed into her personal and work computers. Quote, "There is definitely been an intrusion into my computer system. I really can't say more than that right now." I wonder if she'll talk to Bob Schieffer about it.
Eugene Robinson Dumps on the Regime
RUSH: Eugene Robinson, the columnist for the Washington Post -- Mr. Snerdley, I want your take on this, because Eugene Robinson, prominent African-American, is a regular guest on MSNBC. "Obama Administration Mistakes Journalism for Espionage -- The Obama administration has no business rummaging through journalists’ phone records, perusing their e-mails and tracking their movements in an attempt to keep them from gathering news. This heavy-handed business isn’t chilling, it’s just plain cold." And Rosen's only apparent transgression was doing journalism.
"This unwarranted snooping ... would be troubling enough if it were an isolated incident. But it is part of a pattern that threatens to redefine investigative reporting as criminal behavior." Eugene Robinson is dumping on Obama and the regime. I don't know about this. Eugene, how could you do this? Not you. Eugene, from me to you, how could you do this? What about the struggle? I mean, Obama's trying his best. He's got all those racist hicks out there trying to stop everything he's doing, doesn't need you piling on. Come on, man. He's just a guy from Fox. Who cares?