Just a day earlier, his column bore the headline, "Obama, the uninterested president."
While Milbank was calling Holder out on the carpet, MSNBC's Chris Matthews (His Tingleness!) went to town on Obama. His claim - the steering wheel doesn't control the car. He went on, wondering what part of the Presidency does Obama like?
So what part does he like? He likes going on the road, campaigning, visiting businesses like he does every couple days somewhere in Ohio or somewhere. What part doesn’t he like? He doesn’t like lobbying for the bills he cares about. He doesn’t like selling to the press. Does he like giving orders or giving somebody the power to give orders? No. He doesn’t seem to like being an executive.
And that very week David Axelrod, in many ways Obama's Capo Di Tutti Capi (just don't let Valerie Jarret hear you say that. Speaking of, where is Valerie Jarret in all of these scandals? I mean, where is she? Anyway, back to Axelrod...) speaking to Joe Scarborough on MSNBC, said that government is too vast for the president to know everything is happening.
The biggest progressive names in the world are making the conservative (really, America's) case! Milbank calling Holder purposefully ignorant. Matthews wondering if Obama even likes his job. Axelrod clearly making the case that government is too big. Victory is in sight. Why get in the way?
By way of context, I’m a Tea Party member. I helped organize the original Tea Party events in Los Angeles, and I’ve spoken at rallies and educational forums across the country. I’m convinced that fundamental Tea Party principles - Constitutional government, free markets, fiscal responsibility - still resonate with Americans. And that these scandals (specifically the IRS attacks) will usher in a resurgence of the Tea Party, and make 2014 a very uncomfortable election for Sen. Harry Reid and Co.
Like nearly all in the movement, I am infuriated and disgusted with the IRS, with the administration, and with the sickening elitism that permeates Washington, DC. But to rally in front of IRS offices is, at this point, self-destructive. It takes the focus off the scandals themselves and the administration's arrogance in talking about them. It gives the press, which has covered the scandals, if begrudgingly (except for the AP phone records story...they are really livid about that) something else to talk about.
There will be a right time to rally. But it should not be about the Tea Party’s (justifiable) anger towards the IRS. It should be about Americans coming together to express their disgust with government overreach and abuse. It should be less about the Tea Party and more about the future of America.
But the time is not now. People are just learning about these scandals and their breadth. They are just now learning about their government’s abuses and lies, and how the press helped those lies spread. That is a true victory.
A rally now will snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Shame on us for not knowing how to win.
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