David Plouffe: That IRS Scandal Targeting 500 Conservative Groups “Was Not a Political Pursuit” (Video)
The Obama IRS Scandal widens:
** Nearly 500 conservative groups targeted
** At least 5 pro-Israel groups targeted
** Constitutional groups targeted
** Groups that criticized Obama administration were targeted
** At least two pro-life groups targeted
** A Texas voting-rights group was targeted
** Conservative activists and businesses were targeted.
** At least 88 IRS agents were involved in the targeting scandal
Despite this myriad of evidence…
Today Obama campaign manager David Plouffe told ABC’s This Week panel the IRS scandal targeting 500 conservative groups and unknown numbers of conservative donors “was not a political pursuit.”
And, he didn’t even bat an eye.
Thankfully, Karl Rove was there to rip him a new one.
Here’s the exchange, via NewsBusters:
DAVID PLOUFFE, FORMER SENIOR ADVISOR TO BARACK OBAMA: But there’s been no suggestion. The independent, the prosecutor looked at this – excuse me, the inspector general – said there was no politics involved in this. No one has indicated at all that the White House is involved. The IRS director was appointed under President Bush, served under both presidents, attested. No one from, so this was not a political pursuit.
KARL ROVE, FORMER SENIOR ADVISOR TO GEORGE W. BUSH: Baloney. Baloney.
PLOUFFE: Not baloney, Karl.
ROVE: If it was not political then why are only conservative groups being targeted?
PLOUFFE: There were liberal groups targeted.
ROVE: Oh really? Name one. Name one. But what conservative, what liberal group had Tea Party or patriot in its name that it was targeted? Not a single liberal group has appeared to say…
PLOUFFE: You’re taking license here, Karl.
ROVE: No, I’m not. I am not at all.
PLOUFFE: This was not an effort driven by the White House. It would be the dumbest political effort of all time. Okay? This was IRS people…
ROVE: I didn’t suggest it was being driven by the White House. But I do think when the President…
PLOUFFE: So you think people sitting in the Cincinnati office decided…
ROVE: No, no, I think people sitting in Cincinnati, Laguna Nigel, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., listened to Senator Max Baucus, Senator Chuck Schumer, President Obama. When President Obama goes out in 2008, 2010 and calls these groups quote “a threat to democracy,” he’s blowing the dog whistle.