Yesterday I wrote about the frustration many Conservatives are having with the GOP establishment due to the willingness of these gutless wonders to surrender their principles whenever it suits their selfish political ambitions. In that piece, I called out Marco Rubio for surrendering to the Democrats in an upcoming spending bill that would restore Planned Parenthood funding in exchange for money to kill a few mosquitoes . . . and secure a few votes.
Well, Mr. Rubio isn’t alone in his spinelessness.
We have just learned that the IRS will not be removing or altering the criteria it used to target TEA Party and other conservative groups between the years 2010 and 2012—you know, that time when Obama was running for re-election. IRS Commissioner, John Koskinen had indicated that he would make some changes following House hearings earlier this year about the IRS scandal.
In a letter issued a few weeks ago, Koskinen stated that “be on the lookout” or BOLO lists would no longer be used. But a federal appeals court noted that the agency had only suspended and not cancelled their use, according to a CNN report.
“Despite all the representations made by the IRS about having changed its ways, it still asserts that the viewpoint-based Targeting Criteria are relevant for making a determination of tax-exempt status,” said Edward Greim, a lawyer for tea party groups pursuing a class-action lawsuit in an Ohio district court.
Following those House hearings, a resolution was passed to censure the commissioner, which is the first sign of the GOP’s fecklessness when it comes to doing the right thing. The resolution called for Koskinen to resign, and to surrender his government pension along with other benefits. No requirement for him to do so, just a “pretty please” request with no obligation by the Senate to act on the measure.
There was some talk that censure would serve as a prelude to possible impeachment action, but as is usually the case by the invertebrate GOP, that’s all it was. . . just talk. One of Mitch McConnell’s favorite sellouts, Orrin Hatch (R-UT), stated at the time that the senate wouldn’t act on impeachment proceedings, even if the house mustered enough votes.
And now, even that vote is unlikely to happen.
After meetings between Koskinen and two House GOP groups earlier this week, Republican leadership has stated for the record their opposition to impeachment. Why? Because they don’t want to appear overly partisan, especially during an election.
“If you were to impeach and dump this right into the Senate, throw it in their hands right before a very contentious election, is that something they want to deal with right now?” – Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa.
Yeah, who cares if the constitutional rights of everyday Americans are being violated? We have an election to win, damn it!
By the way, I’ve been wondering lately. Do you think that Mitch McConnell opposes impeachment because it lets the Obama administration do some of his dirty work for him? McConnell has been openly and actively involved in trying to destroy the T.E.A. Party and other conservative groups because of the threat they pose to his job. What better way to see that happen than to let Obama do it for him. Talk about a win/win.
Originally posted at The Strident Conservative
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