The GOP ‘clown car’ is back

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House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. during the committee's hearing on the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi
House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. during the committee's hearing on the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi
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Let me finish tonight with this.

The clown car – once filled with the Republican vagabonds running so absurdly for President last year – has been refilled.

Today, that clown car is packed to the roof with a roving crew all shouting the same words - “court-packing” – Benghazi – IRS! – “enemies list” – Nixon!

The party that put Richard Nixon on its national ticket five times – in every election but one for twenty years – from 1952 through 1972 – is now making him a name for the smearing of a good president, the goal on which Reince Priebus and all the others have set their hearts.

Their rules are those of a tougher, coarser Republican, of course, Joseph McCarthy.

They don’t need evidence to make their charges. Oh no.

One Congressman said that the IRS in Cincinnati was working off an “enemies list” coming from the White House. I read that accusation looking for the evidence only to realize I’d been snookered. There is no evidence. The congressman simply “declared” that there’s an ”enemies list,” simply “declared” that it was the list used in the IRS offices in Cincinnati.

Darrell Issa, the self-styled prosecutor made some charge against Obama the other day and then said something that sounds like something out of Orwell. “We’re getting to proving that.”

“WE’RE GETTING TO PROVING THAT.”

He’s charged the president with something, and then admitted he hasn’t proven it. He’s “getting to” proving that.

It’s polluted politics, polluted by so much hatred of this president that all it takes to make a charge is the obsession to do it.

The GOP 'clown car' is back

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