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August 16, 2013

President Obama as Holden Caulfield

"Phony" is the new "racist" – at least to the Obama administration.

Members and their supporters keep using it in official talking points to describe the myriad scandals encircling the White House like a fog in hopes of shutting down an argument of facts.

In a July speech at Knox College, President Obama said, "With this endless parade of distractions and political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball." He added that Republican attention to and criticism of the scandals "needs to stop."

The president's spokesman, Jay Carney, asked recently to identify which scandals are phony, said, "What we've seen as time has passed and more facts have become known -- whether it's about the attacks in Benghazi and the talking points, or revelations about conduct at the IRS -- that attempts to turn this into a scandal have failed."

And then there are the president's emissaries in Congress who repeat over and over again that 'there is nothing to see here, so let’s move on.' Writing in The Washington Post earlier this week of the IRS targeting of conservative groups for special scrutiny, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Sander Levin (D-MI), said, "Members of Congress must abandon their attempts to score political points and, instead, re-focus their efforts to confirming a new commissioner of the IRS, restoring the public's trust in the agency and fixing the vague standards that led to these problems in the first place."

Never mind that the IRS scandal leads all the way up to the office of William Wilkins, one of two Obama political appointees at the agency. And that the White House clearly lied about what it knew when in Benghazi. We haven’t even gotten to the Department of Justice wiretapping of reporters and mass surveillance of the American people via their phone and email by the federal government.

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