Huffington Post reporter Sam Stein recently observed that House Democrats involved in investigating events surrounding the IRS scandal are not asking “inquisitive questions.”
That’s an extremely optimistic interpretation. Democrats are actively making a mockery of their roles on the House Oversight Committee, asking absurd questions and drawing their own conclusions, with little to no prospect of getting at the truth.
Here are five of the most ridiculous things said by Democrats at the IRS hearings. Videos are included.
1. Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA), in trying to demonstrate that Lois Lerner has taken the destruction of her hard drive very seriously, constructed a straw man, asking if this was “a woman rejoicing over losing her hard drive and saying, thank God that thing is gone?” He then decided the answer to his own question was not obvious, and dignified it with a “no.”
2. After invoking Oliver Stone and insinuating that John Koskinen couldn’t possibly be lying because he took an oath(!), Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) asked if there was no conspiracy or link to the White House. Even more outrageous, Koskinen didn’t answer these questions with a ‘no’ but rather that it was “my understanding.”
3. Xavier Becerra (D-CA) compared the hearings to an inquisition, which is defined at Dictionary.com as an official investigation “characterized by lack of regard for individual rights.” He then went on to suggest that the IRS Commissioner “deserved better.”
Bill Nye, the Science Guy Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) explained that the IRS scandal was actually the fault of Republicans in Congress, blaming the government shutdown and a lack of funding for the targeting of conservative groups, and the subsequent loss of emails that might prove it.
5. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) hit the jackpot of jackassery when he asked a whole host of questions that were apparently designed to equate the IRS scandal to other allegedly “phony” scandals. Doggett personally asked if IRS Commissioner John Koskinen had “ever been to Benghazi,” was responsible for “those space aliens” at Area 51, or if he “ever had custody of the President’s birth certificate.”
Honorable (dishonorable?) mention goes to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who isn’t a member of the House Oversight Committee, but wondered aloud as cameras rolled whether ‘they need a new technology system at the IRS.’ For the record, under the Obama regime, the IRS has spent $4.4 billion on information technology.
Cross-posted at the Mental Recession