We are in for a long, hot summer. I've got to be honest, I didn't expect for us to spend the summer juggling multiple high-level scandals in Washington DC. I doubt this administration planned for that either. In fact, I know what this administration planned to focus on this summer: ObamaCare. Despite the scandals swirling around his administration, they are continuing with their plans as if nothing has happened. The plan? Barack Obama will be back in full-on campaign mode this summer to sell ObamaCare to the American public. According to NPR, “The White House is gearing up for a massive campaign this summer that will cover all 50 states, plus Washington, D.C.” In other words, Barack Obama will be sticking to what he does best, which is campaigning. But Obama has two problems:
1. The more Americans learn about ObamaCare, the less they like it. A majority of Americans want it repealed. Nancy Pelosi said that we had to pass the bill to find out what's in it. Well here is an example of what's in it: In a recent speech, Senator Rand Paul pointed out that ObamaCare will require 122,000 new medical diagnostic codes, which range from the ridiculous to the asinine. He says that there are nine codes related specifically to injuries from the macaw (a bird). There are two codes related to turtles: “Your doctor needs to inform the government whether you've been struck by a turtle or bitten by a turtle." There is apparently even a code for “injuries sustained from burning water skis.” You can't make this stuff up! The fact is that no sales-pitch can save the disaster that is ObamaCare.
2. Americans have grown weary of big government and currently don't have a lot of trust in this administration. In other words, Obama cannot escape these scandals. In fact, ObamaCare and the IRS are so entwined that it is difficult to pull them apart, and clearly that is a problem right now considering the IRS scandal. In order to sell something as big and nebulous as ObamaCare, Americans needed faith in: Obama and big government. Currently, they have neither. As Rand Paul said over the weekend, “Nobody questions his legal authority, but I think he's really losing the moral authority to lead this nation.” Without that authority, it is going to be hard to make impact when it comes to ObamaCare.
On the other hand, the Tea Party movement is experiencing a resurgence. According to Fox News, “A Rasmussen Reports poll showed 44 percent of likely U.S. voters now have a favorable opinion of the Tea Party, 14 percentage points higher than in January and just 7 points below the record high of 51 percent in April 2009.” This is excellent news for those of us who share many of the Tea Party's values such as smaller government and the need for serious tax reform.
But when lawmakers return to Washington next week, they will be up to their eyeballs in investigations. For example, there will apparently be at least four different investigations into the IRS scandal alone. According to the Daily Caller, the IRS will be under investigation by the House Oversight Committee, The House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee, the Senate Finance Committee and the IRS itself. According to Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice, this targeting may still be ongoing.
That's just the IRS. Lawmakers are also advancing investigations into the Justice Department and its actions related to seizing records of journalists. Recently we learned that Eric Holder's DOJ apparently “went judge shopping with criminal warrants for James Rosen.” In other words, the administration wouldn't stop until it found someone who was willing to give them what they wanted. Pressure seems to be mounting on both sides at this point for Eric Holder to step down. You aren't going to hear any arguments from me on that one.
We cannot also forget Benghazi, where members of the House Oversight Committee are considering asking Hillary Clinton to testify.
Meanwhile, what can we expect from the media? I expect the lapdog ObamaMania media coverage of these scandals to fade and thus begins the critique of those who continue to cover them as being anti-Obama or right-wing obsessions. They will attempt to make us chase rabbits, covering other administration-friendly stories in such a way so as to try and distract. But I've got news for them, I'll be here all summer long covering these scandals. I'm not going anywhere.