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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Is the IRS that 'Civilian National Security Force' Obama talked about?

As cuts to the military mount, the ranks of the IRS are increasing. Could the IRS be that 'Civilian National Security Force' that Obama talked about on the 2008 campaign trail?

Maine's Governor Paul LePage seems to think it might be.

Via Maine Sunday Telegram:
Gov. Paul LePage used his weekly radio address to blast President Obama's health care law and described the Internal Revenue Service as the "new Gestapo."

"We the people have been told there is no choice," he said. "You must buy health insurance or pay the new Gestapo -- the IRS."
Many people saw that and wondered what exactly Obama meant. Regardless of where you stand, we're getting closer to finding out.

h/t WZ

Former White House Press Secretary: Romney needs to release tax returns; Romney silent on Obama not releasing Fast and Furious Documents

If this post seems similar to the last one, it is. This should be getting incredibly easy for Romney. The Obama campaign is practically begging him to counter by demanding that Obama lift Executive Privilege on the subpoenaed Fast and Furious documents. No, I mean, seriously. Team Obama has painted a big, fat Fast and Furious bullseye on its chest.

The latest example comes courtesy of Robert Gibbs, via CNN (h/t WZ):
President Barack Obama's campaign adviser Robert Gibbs continued to hammer Mitt Romney on Sunday over questions about the candidate's overseas financial accounts.

Gibbs, however, stopped short of saying whether Romney was in violation of any tax evasion laws, saying "nobody knows."

"The best way to figure out if he is complying with American tax law is to have him release more of the tax returns," the former White House press secretary said on CNN's "State of the Union."
Let's see, how should Romney respond.... How about with something like, "And the best way to figure out if Eric Holder had nothing to do with Fast and Furious is for the President to rescind his Executive Privilege assertion."

But alas, Romney apparently loves being on defense:
Obama's campaign has also been forcefully pushing a Washington Post report that calls Romney's former private equity firm, Bain Capital, a "pioneer" in outsourcing jobs overseas. The campaign has made the report a focal point of its ads against Romney, and the president frequently mentions it in his stump speeches.

Romney's campaign, however, has said there is no evidence that Bain advised its companies to outsource while Romney was still in charge of the firm, which he left in 1999.

The campaign cites a detailed report by, a nonpartisan group affiliated with the Annenberg Public Policy Center, that said the Obama ads carried some claims that were untrue, and other assertions that only had thin supporting evidence.
Here is video of Gibbs' appearance on CNN's State of the Union. His instantly classic response - in light of the Fast and Furious documents - about whether or not Romney has done anything illegal is: "We don't know!... Nobody knows..."

Hey Mitt! Demand Obama lift Executive Privilege!

Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Romney should release more Tax records; Romney silent on Obama not releasing Fast and Furious Documents

Earlier this week, David Axelrod compared Mitt Romney to Richard Nixon over Romney's refusal to release his tax returns. DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz today piled on, demanding that Romney release information about his 'secretive investments'.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Sunday demanded that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney release more than one year of tax records, citing “secretive investments” and a “Swiss bank account.”

"I’d really like to see Mitt Romney release more than one year of tax records because there’s been disturbing reports recently that he’s got a ... secretive Bermuda corporation that no one knows anything about, investment in the Caymans ... he’s got a  Swiss bank account,” the Democratic National Committee chairwoman said on “Fox News Sunday.”

“Americans need to ask themselves: why does an American businessman need a Swiss bank account and secretive investments like that?” the Florida congresswoman said.
The logical response from the Romney campaign would be to demand Barack Obama lift Executive Privilege on the Fast and Furious documents that Congress found Eric Holder in contempt over. Then again, Romney is apparently unwilling to fight.

In this movie metaphor, Scut Farkus represents the Obama campaign; Ralphie represents what Mitt Romney should be but, to this point, has proven incapable of being; the happy onlookers represent conservative voters.

Unfortunately, this metaphor being 100% applicable requires Romney to actually fight back, which he seems averse to doing when the mud really starts flying.

Romney is becoming increasingly more difficult to root for because it's become increasingly more difficult to respect him. As things stand now, Romney's behavior is akin to Ralphie running home crying after getting hit with the snowball, instead of whooping Scut Farkus' butt.

James Carville: Romney's Religion is his Biggest Problem

Former Clinton campaign strategist and prominent Democrat, James Carville, may have just given the green light to the left, to go after Mitt Romney over Mormonism. While appearing on WWL in New Orleans, Carville said the following during a discussion about Romney:
“One of the problems that Romney has honestly is — the thing against him the most is his religion,” Carville said. “And he doesn’t understand the reasons. He doesn’t talk about that. He was a bishop in his church. And he doesn’t talk about the one public office that he held much and that was being the governor of Massachusetts. So, he talks about Bain, but that’s become sort of a big issue in the campaign. He’s got to, you know — if you look at the numbers, Romney should win this campaign.”
Until the Obamacare ruling, Romney was making incremental progress on a weekly basis. He was winning with jabs against Obama, landing more punches by far but nothing with the force of a haymaker. Even after the Obamacare ruling, Romney was poised to capitalize on it because the last of the anti-establishment candidate fence-sitters seemed to be getting on his side.

Then the Romney campaign delivered a haymaker to its own jaw when it couldn't adequately draw a significant contrast between Obamacare and Romneycare.

There is a reason Carville is attacking Romney on Mormonism the same week that Romney muddled his Romneycare message; he smells blood in the water. This attack by Carville was definitely strategic.

Here is the audio of the exchange, via Daily Caller:

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