Addressing the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute this Friday, Mitch McConnell delivered a substantively different speech than he did a year ago, when he railed against the supposed anti-free speech administration of Barack Obama.
To a room of undoubtedly disappointed conservatives, McConnell acknowledged that the recent much-ballyhooed actions of the IRS did not have any connections to the White House.
“There might be some folks out there waiting for a hand-signed memo from President Obama to Lois Learner to turn up,” McConnell said. “Don’t hold your breath.
The remarks did not appear in the text of his prepared speech, suggesting that they were spontaneous.
McConnell theorized that the IRS’ actions were the result of a “culture of intimidation” that was fostered by Democrats, which is a view that other conservatives have propagated. But even if the scandal had any truth to it, it’s not anything that could grow political legs for the GOP, and McConnell basically admitted to this.
“I’m prepared to say, and did say today, that the President and his political allies encouraged this kind of bureaucratic overreach by their public comments,” he continued. “But that’s quite different from saying they ordered it.”
This is quite a turnaround from McConnell’s attitude just a few weeks ago when he put this irresponsible ad out which likened President Obama to Richard Nixon and inferred the Obama White House orchestrated the IRS/Tea Party ordeal: