President Obama is announcing for the umpteenth time he's going to "pivot" to fixing the economy -- as if that's ever worked before, since it is he who broke it. That said, Obama will pivot to tiddlywinks if that's what it takes to get out from under his mountain of scandals.
On the White House website, Obama flack Dan Pfeiffer posted a blog post demanding everyone pay attention to Obama's latest speech in Galesburg, Ill., expressing tender concern for the middle class. Meanwhile, he lamented, "Too many in Congress are trying to score political points, refight old battles and trump up phony scandals."
The media elite is still colluding with Obama to spread the bizarre fiction that there are no "Obama scandals." Inside the Obama-media bubble, Obama alone defines authenticity, honesty and problem-solving panache. Outside that bubble, in the world of reality, the Obama administration is making Richard Nixon's IRS manipulations look like child's play.
Last week, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearings uncovered infuriating new scoops on the scandal of Obama's IRS targeting tea party conservative groups and denying them tax-exempt status. Remember the early spin that all the onerous delays and intrusive inquiries were contained to one office in Cincinnati and not in Washington? That lying spin has been eviscerated.
Testimony from witnesses inside the IRS have demonstrated that the office of IRS chief counsel William Wilkins -- one of two Obama appointees to the IRS -- was heavily involved in dragging tea party groups through the political mud. IRS employees in the tax-exempt-organizations branch were ordered by their superiors -- including branch director Lois Lerner, who took the Fifth before Congress -- to send certain tea party tax-exemption applications to the office of Wilkins, the Obama appointee.
Who is William Wilkins? In the Reagan years, Wilkins was the staff director and chief counsel for the Democratic staff of the Senate Finance Committee. The Weekly Standard reported, "Wilkins has donated heavily to Democratic candidates and committees since he became a tax lobbyist in 1988."
Here's a fun fact: As a lawyer for the Washington law firm Wilmer Hale, Wilkins represented Reverend Wright's Trinity United Church of Christ in 2007 when the IRS began asking questions about whether the tax-exempt church was too involved in political work for its most prominent member, Senator Obama. He won a dismissal in 2008.