Former Obama strategist David Plouffe stomped Karl Rove for his nauseating hypocrisy on the so-called “IRS Scandal” in an appearance on This Week With George Stephanopoulos. Conservatives are outraged that their anti-tax, money laundering super-PACs were scrutinized along with progressive groups. These Tea Party groups deserved scrutiny, not tax-exempt status.
Since Benghazi was a total non-starter, the TEApublicans are determined to make this IRS nonsense be the scandal that sticks to Obama and brings him down. The question is, has this ever happened before? Has the IRS ever looked into the organizations which are perceived political opponents of a president’s administration? The answer is yes, but they were looking at black people, so that doesn’t count in Karl Rove’s world.
Watch the video courtesy of ABC. Partial transcript below the video.
ROVE: Well, but you know what? You’re the first person I’ve heard on the left say that. Because these groups, 501(c)(4) groups have been active for years on the Democratic side, on the liberal side. And there has been no criticism. There was no criticism from the left in 2000 when the NAACP voter fund spent $10 million to run an ad accusing George Bush of being a bigot. No concern on the left when Americans United for Change ran television ads targeting Republican Senators…
ROVE: …up for re-election in 2007 and 2008 over the Iraq surge. So…
STEPHANOPOULOS: David, go ahead, and then I want to bring Gwen in?
PLOUFFE: Well, I’d say first of all, you know back in the previous — or the prior administration, the NAACP was investigated after Republican members of Congress asked for it. But there’s been no suggestion — the independent — the prosecutor looked at this — excuse me, the inspector general, and said there was no politics involved in this. No one has indicated at all that the White House is involved. The IRS director was appointed at — under President Bush, served under both presidents attested. No one from — so, this was not a political pursuit.
PLOUFFE: No, no it wasn’t, Karl.
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