Well, they were ‘flourishing’: David Plouffe excuses IRS targeting of conservative groups

No, really. Former Obama adviser David Plouffe took to Twitter to spin the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups. And boy, did he step in it.

Important to note that they totally asked for it. By being successful fundraisers.

Then came the immediate backpedaling attempt. Call him out for his ludicrous tweet? You are a conspiracy theorist, natch.

Basically, politics trumps morals. As usual, for Democrats.

National Journal’s Ron Fournier followed up with Plouffe via Twitter.

And by email.

More from Fournier’s article:

I asked Plouffe to respond via Twitter, email or my cell phone. He responded within an hour. Here is his unedited email:

“In terms of impact. Reading much of the coverage layperson would get sense premeditated attempt to effectively silence political opponents. I do think not as a justification but as an evaluation of any impact it is important to note that it would not appear their aims or fundraising were affected. So indefensible behavior by IRS clearly the story. As people are doing analysis it’s a secondary point.”

Oh, well. Stupid laypeople and stuff. Or something.

Twitter users understand more than Smarter Than You Plouffe thinks that they do.

Heh. Good point!

Twitter users respond to Plouffe via Twitter and rightly give him the business.

Yes, David. Keep spinning. Spin like the wind! It can only serve to further expose your lack of morals.

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  • Herman LaClair

    keep the tweets coming, David. sunshine is the best disinfectant.

    • angeleyez

      .
      The Progressive Marxists have removed their masks and feel
      confident in openly spewing their utopian socialist ideals.
      .
      Unfortunately, history has proven that David’s ideas of government
      have always failed and the poor have always suffered because of
      such governments. .

    • IronButterfly

      So my question is if the Dems out fund raised the Repubs (which they did) is the IRS justified in targeting Lib groups????

  • Jennifer

    The audacity of truth…

    • JustLikeAnimals

      The audacity of guilt…

  • Hank Scorpio

    So Plouffe is rationalizing the attempt at political persecution by noting it didn’t work as intended? But where is the connection between fundraising success and tax-exempt status? As James Taranto would say, “Fox Butterfield, is that you?”

    PS… let’s see some numbers on dollars spent in the 2012 election cycle by GOP-friendly groups and Dem-friendly groups. I sure don’t remember Dem-friendly ads being “overwhelmed” by GOP-friendly ads.

    • http://www.freedomreconnection.com CO2 Producer

      Regarding your PS, I was thinking the same thing. Let’s say Plouffe is correct and GOP fundraising flourished. For one, the GOP and the Tea Party are not synonymous. And two, Democrats aren’t exactly struggling in all areas. Thirdly, if the Democrats are faltering in the fundraising department, it’s not from lack of trying.

  • amazed57

    How scary that someone could believe this on the right or left. I am sure Hitler’s brown shirts felt the same way!

    • $23089169

      Because for the Obama brown shirts like Plouffe, there is no “right or wrong,” only “right or left.”

  • Marbran

    So Plouffe excuses the actions of the IRS because conservative fundraisers performed so well. Yet meanwhile, Obama has not stopped campaigning since 2006.

    Is this still America?

    • BlahBlah

      I guess it depends on who’s asking.

    • trixiewoobeans

      It’s “their” AmeriKKKa.

    • King James

      These criminals who like to call themselves progressives have taken over and reshaped our country into their own corrupted image. Never fails once they get in power they pollute like a cancer by any means necessary. Lets pray that these people are exposed and rooted out once and for all.

  • HARP2

    Obama`s commies got caught…….finally.

    • BlahBlah

      Sadly no. No one got caught. Of course in reality they did. But there’s reality and there’s what the MSM tells you. The MSM plays this down, kisses Obama’s ass, doesn’t report, kisses Obama’s ass, blames Republicans, kisses Obama’s ass, repeat. The end result, IRS whaaaa?

      • Little Cheese

        If a tree falls in the woods and there is no one there to “report it”, did it really happen?

        • Billie Slash

          ….only if it makes conservatives look bad…

          • http://wolfmoon1776.wordpress.com/ Wolf Moon

            Too true.

  • TraderJo

    You can’t “excuse” this one, Fluff. . We don’t need a CSI team to find the dirty fingerprints from the white house all over this.

  • BlahBlah

    Well at least Obama issued a statement about this. He said – I CANNOT TELL A LIE TIS I KILLED BIN LADEN

  • Parke Davis

    David Plouffe needs to be forced to read all of Iowahawk’s tweets and blog. The master spares no one.

    • BlahBlah

      What Plouffe needs to do is stab himself in the eyes with rusty spoons. But that’s beside your point.

      • Parke Davis

        The spoon stabbing comes immediately after he turns in his book report.

  • ObamaFail

    This idiot would be whining if the IRS had wrongly targeted liberal groups under a Republican president. But I guess as long as we can silence those who would speak against the Marxist leader Barack Obama, it’s okay!!

    • trixiewoobeans

      Hey, it’s all coolio if you’re a Liberal, because you’re above the law then. Like Leona Helmsley saying, “taxes are for little people,” Liberals’ mindset is “laws are for the little people…especially Conservatives”.

  • HannahJK

    How can he know it didn’t have any impact? Maybe they would have flourished two-fold if they weren’t being intimidated (or having potential donors intimidated).

    • therantinggeek

      ^ this.

      We should probably add that for a Liberal, if you made your million$ in the music or movie industry, you pretty much get a free pass. A certain couple who hosted a lavish fundraiser at a Manhattan nightclub in the last presidential election cycle comes to mind.

    • BlahBlah

      Cuz… THEY DIDNT BUILD THAT

  • MJ Pauls

    If you do have the audacity to build it, expect to be investigated by the IRS.

  • AnotherBrian

    I wonder if there is anything more disturbing than a President telling us to reject those voices that warn of government tyranny while his IRS goes after his political opponents.

    • Smoothbrain

      Seeing Feinstein on TV?

    • SandiinMaine

      This is the most astute observation I’ve read in a long, long time.

    • trixiewoobeans

      There’s an old saying, “The topic a preacher is preaching on, is the one he’s guilty of”.

    • http://wolfmoon1776.wordpress.com/ Wolf Moon

      I encourage everybody to watch Obama’s face intently while he’s talking about the IRS. Now that you know he’s lying, you can actually start picking up the little facial gestures that mark his lies. It’s stunning.

  • Bad Lemm

    Every progressive fascist involved, all the way up to the illegal alien of a fake President, needs to take a timeout in JAIL for using the government to attack patriots, constitutionalists, gun owners, and freedom lovers!

    This is terrorism and if you’ve ever been hounded by the IRS, you’ll know what I mean.

    Can I get a show of hands in favor of this?

    • Paddy19

      I’m raising both hands!!

  • fedup

    they keep throwing that phrase at us..conspiracy theory…if i think you did something…and you say you did it…well…you did it!…but to say its ok?…wow…what if he was to say..in a different situation…well its ok to go mess with the jews or the black groups…because we need to keep them down they are doing too much..apparently they dont have the right to try….

  • Garym

    So when they fully emplement the death panels, are they going to check party affiliation first?

    • Tyrconnell

      Well, not officially, and if the panels get caught, it’ll be some flunky who just needs a bit more training. Because after all the law prohibits such things, and it’s all Bush’s fault anyway.

    • Linda Galli

      Since seniors are by-and-large conservative, the death panels will be targeting conservatives.

  • Little Cheese

    LittleCheese predicts: This scandal will grow. If any tea party groups complied with IRS paperwork and submitted names of donors, youi watch – these donors will have been further “scrutinized” by the IRS with more audits and harrassment.

  • Robert Courtney

    So, if they had been left ALONE, the Conservative Groups would have overwhelmed the Socialists?
    Yep.
    It scares the heck out of these Godless Democrats that their ideology is so hated, that they have to thuggishly step on their opposition, lie, cheat, and steal, to stay in power.
    And they had BETTER be afraid, NO amount of crap weaseling will help in 2014 and 2016.
    Watch and see.

  • Marvin Nelson

    Seriously? I don’t remember this line in “Idiocracy,” but it sure sounds like something one of the characters would have said. Plouffe is an amoral, left wing, blithering idiot. Was that redundant?

    • EdWatts

      Doubly.

    • redheadgrl

      Yes, but they would have said it in ebonics.

    • redheadgrl

      Yes, but they would have said it in ebonics.

  • tops116

    Y’know, if Bush had done this, something tells me the “flourishing” line wouldn’t have gone over well… and that Plouffe would’ve been one of the first people to complain. Go figure.

  • HannahJK

    It just a matter of time before he has the msm brushing this off as much ado about nothing. They’re already trying to find that angle, he just needs to fine tune it for them. The purposely deaf and blind press is why the masterminds know they can get away with it.

    • Vennoye

      Perhaps not so much since they seized the records for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012.
      “The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative’s top executive called a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into how news organizations gather the news.”

      • http://wolfmoon1776.wordpress.com/ Wolf Moon

        The MSM is like a love-struck groupie who just got slapped for the first time by the rock idol (Rolling Stone cover included). Things will never be the same, but there is a certain codependence that I don’t think the media is ready to overcome yet.

  • OLLPOH

    Tyrannies by the Count Another Obama’s Departmentalization and Tyranny to our Constitution…
    and the Total Body Count is still underway…
    …NLRB
    …Fast and Furious,
    …Benghazi
    …IRS
    Ploufeee…is Obama in New York today Campaigning in 3 different places?
    Run from the Truth Seekers now isn’t he, Ploufeeee!
    What’s good for Obama Dem/Marxists to do is Not good for anyone else, and they the Dem/Marxists are NOT Tyrannical?
    **********
    **********
    Wait…Wasn’t Obama just down in Texas telling some college students that they are suppose to Reject when people say things about Government Tyranny?????

    • Race Bear

      I hope when they haul him off to jail, the irs confiscates all the fundraising money he continues to rake in and uses it to pay down the debt he created.

    • Race Bear

      I hope when they haul him off to jail, the irs confiscates all the fundraising money he continues to rake in and uses it to pay down the debt he created.

  • I M Free

    IDIOT of the week

  • Clayton Grant

    Just like Benghazi, the truth needs no explaination.

  • eeddggy

    Wow! Does Plouffe have even one redeeming quality. What a disgrace this man is to the human race.

  • Smoothbrain

    And this knucklehead thought the Evil Conservatives were raising too much money before!

  • $30423294

    Notice the pattern:

    Gosnell killed infants because they were still moving.

    Democrat controlled IRS attacked patriots because they were flourishing.

    These vermin are truly the culture of death.

  • nc

    Just to be clear for those in Rio Linda, this not about “audits” but about applications for tax exempt status that never came. Hot Air published a list of 10 sample questions that were asked. If this doesn’t curl your stick-straight hair, then I don’t know what will:
    http://patriotpost.us/headlines/20407

    The Internal Revenue Service admitted Friday to improperly targeting conservative groups for aggressive applications processes for tax exempt status in 2012, using the terms “Tea Party” and “patriot” as flags. Here are some of the things they wanted to know about those groups…

  • Guest

    I’m waiting for him to claim his Twitter account was hacked. 10, 9, 8 …

  • PatriotRG

    Plouffe:- “The IRS was wrong for targeting Tea Party groups. But, someone had to stop them from raising so much money”…very dangerous…as he sees the means justify the ends. This mans moral compass is not only broken I don’t think he ever had one.

  • arttie

    “… but it could have been worse. They could have been looking at us and we can’t stand that kind of scrutiny.” is what Plouffe meant when you read between the lines.

  • Tanker74

    And he was a key person in a successful president campaign? How in the world?

  • stuckinIL4now

    Oh great, an Obamuhtoid heard from. When does Axwholerude crawl outta his slimy hole to add his lame bs to the mix?

  • DrSamHerman

    What the IRS did was not only monumentally stupid and illegal, but tailor-made to interlock with the Benghazi cover-up as proof positive that the press has been serving as Obama’s “prison b*tch” for the past six years. The media deliberately hemmed, hawed and covered for the SOB to get him re-elected. Now coming on the 2014 electtions, the Dems must be internally furious that they will linked to Odirtbag’s lack of oversight, stunning incompetence and will be unable to divorce themselves from it no matter how hard the press spins for them. The IRS is a universally disliked force in American life, and it especially resonates with the libertarians and socially liberal, because they will wonder if they are next. The excuse that this was a local thing to Cincinnatti (wasn’t that where that stupid womaan admitted to voting three times?) is complete bullcrap.

  • DrSamHerman

    What the IRS did was not only monumentally stupid and illegal, but tailor-made to interlock with the Benghazi cover-up as proof positive that the press has been serving as Obama’s “prison b*tch” for the past six years. The media deliberately hemmed, hawed and covered for the SOB to get him re-elected. Now coming on the 2014 electtions, the Dems must be internally furious that they will linked to Odirtbag’s lack of oversight, stunning incompetence and will be unable to divorce themselves from it no matter how hard the press spins for them. The IRS is a universally disliked force in American life, and it especially resonates with the libertarians and socially liberal, because they will wonder if they are next. The excuse that this was a local thing to Cincinnatti (wasn’t that where that stupid womaan admitted to voting three times?) is complete bullcrap.

  • Indynana

    Has anyone yet wondered about the 5000 new Obama IRS agents to do the obammycare oversight? WOW does that NOT scare the crap out of all Conservative companies ??

  • Indynana

    Has anyone yet wondered about the 5000 new Obama IRS agents to do the obammycare oversight? WOW does that NOT scare the crap out of all Conservative companies ??

  • Indynana

    Voter fraud == Democrats – almost all the time
    IRS Abuse == Democrats – yep!
    News Media Bias == Democrat leaning – always.
    abusive overstepping regulation == Democrats – always.
    Mass killing in Aurora Co. was a democrat,, the shooter that shot Gabby Giffords was a registered democrat, Adam Lanza was not registered but bit parents were very liberal democrats ! The Boston Bomber was a registered democrat! democrats voted God out of their platform, agree to kill their babies and teach people to take what they do not earn. Pretty low lot aren’t they!!??!

  • Indynana

    Voter fraud == Democrats – almost all the time
    IRS Abuse == Democrats – yep!
    News Media Bias == Democrat leaning – always.
    abusive overstepping regulation == Democrats – always.
    Mass killing in Aurora Co. was a democrat,, the shooter that shot Gabby Giffords was a registered democrat, Adam Lanza was not registered but bit parents were very liberal democrats ! The Boston Bomber was a registered democrat! democrats voted God out of their platform, agree to kill their babies and teach people to take what they do not earn. Pretty low lot aren’t they!!??!

  • http://www.facebook.com/kristine.f.tanner Kristine Fleischer Tanner

    This is exactly why we must support the Fair Tax. I do not like the power the IRS has to go after the administration’s political opponents. With the Fair Tax, they would lose this power. http://www.fairtax.org

    • samazf

      Well, Obummercare gives them power over our bodies. Which gives the death panels another hope to rid themselves of pesky Conservatives.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kristine.f.tanner Kristine Fleischer Tanner

    This is exactly why we must support the Fair Tax. I do not like the power the IRS has to go after the administration’s political opponents. With the Fair Tax, they would lose this power. http://www.fairtax.org

  • Johnny Blade

    Liberal mantra- Yeah we know we are corrupt but we are doing it for the ‘common good’… Oo

  • Johnny Blade

    Liberal mantra- Yeah we know we are corrupt but we are doing it for the ‘common good’… Oo

  • gracepmc

    “Reading much of the coverage layperson would get sense premeditated attempt to effectively silence political opponents.” Layperson? As in the American public, the voters, the citizens, the great unwashed–might see this as an abuse of IRS power in the service of political gain. Yep, I think that might be happening.

  • gracepmc

    “Reading much of the coverage layperson would get sense premeditated attempt to effectively silence political opponents.” Layperson? As in the American public, the voters, the citizens, the great unwashed–might see this as an abuse of IRS power in the service of political gain. Yep, I think that might be happening.

  • Mike Betts

    Henceforth, any stupid Tweet should be called a “plouffe”. It’s perfect.

    Anybody second that motion?

  • Mike Betts

    Henceforth, any stupid Tweet should be called a “plouffe”. It’s perfect.

    Anybody second that motion?

  • Turd Burglestein

    Here’s the video press release of 0bama condemning the actions of the IRS.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2KVj2vVxUs

  • Turd Burglestein

    Here’s the video press release of 0bama condemning the actions of the IRS.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2KVj2vVxUs

  • DixieSugarbaker

    So, apparently it would be bad for these groups to raise money so they could buy ads and air time to get out the facts that our media seems to ignore. Isn’t that what it is really about?

  • DixieSugarbaker

    So, apparently it would be bad for these groups to raise money so they could buy ads and air time to get out the facts that our media seems to ignore. Isn’t that what it is really about?

  • LegalizeShemp

    Yes, anybody raising money to stop Communists like David Poof from using big government to take our freedoms needs to be stopped immediately. No surprise from a Poof like David.

  • LegalizeShemp

    Yes, anybody raising money to stop Communists like David Poof from using big government to take our freedoms needs to be stopped immediately. No surprise from a Poof like David.

  • Todd Caudle

    More importantly, was what this idiot said true? Sure, there were suddenly a lot of groups springing up within the Tea Party movement, but did the Republicans really have a money advantage? I don’t think so, which makes his point even more ludicrous. Dems like to talk about all the big money in politics, but from what I’ve heard, they are the ones who raise more AND have more deep-pocketed contributors.

  • Todd Caudle

    More importantly, was what this idiot said true? Sure, there were suddenly a lot of groups springing up within the Tea Party movement, but did the Republicans really have a money advantage? I don’t think so, which makes his point even more ludicrous. Dems like to talk about all the big money in politics, but from what I’ve heard, they are the ones who raise more AND have more deep-pocketed contributors.

  • MoonDogii

    You need to ask who benefits the most with the information the IRS was gathering?
    I know! I know! (and I pray you know as well)

  • MoonDogii

    You need to ask who benefits the most with the information the IRS was gathering?
    I know! I know! (and I pray you know as well)

  • BadGirloftheNorth

    Some times tweeting ‘*crickets** is better than plouff**ing out loud. See what happens when your butt burps?? ‘Nuther Libomabot goes under the bus….

  • BadGirloftheNorth

    Some times tweeting ‘*crickets** is better than plouff**ing out loud. See what happens when your butt burps?? ‘Nuther Libomabot goes under the bus….

  • Matthew Nelson

    Hahaha I’m not gonna hate on this guy, he-in a moment of indiscretion I’m sure-came out and stated the administrations motive for commiting this criminal act.

  • Matthew Nelson

    Hahaha I’m not gonna hate on this guy, he-in a moment of indiscretion I’m sure-came out and stated the administrations motive for commiting this criminal act.

  • William T Branch

    If Obama says anything it would probably something like “it’s Bush’s fault”

  • William T Branch

    If Obama says anything it would probably something like “it’s Bush’s fault”

  • ctmom

    The IRS tried to ruin them but the Teaparty survived anyway. No harm, no foul. ???

    • Maliheh Banoo

      Where were they in november?

      • BAW

        In Texas, “they” were electing Ted Cruz.

  • ctmom

    The IRS tried to ruin them but the Teaparty survived anyway. No harm, no foul. ???

  • AZWarrior

    Plouffe is pretty much a retarded asshat.

    • Lynn R

      and an assclown.

  • Tim Fay

    Ptouffe sounds stupid because he is….

  • JustLikeAnimals

    Plouffe, Jarrett, Carney, and the Liar-in-Chief need to start researching their next con. The American people and a great number of his own party have had just about enough.

  • Sheerie Knoll

    According to Plouffe “….it is important to note….”; THAT IS RIGHT!!! So the next question is “why”? Because, The TEA Party and others do not like the way the country is going under Obama’s leadership (if that is what you call it) So, they are getting together, as is allowed by the CONSTITUTION (you know, that pesky little document that has kept “little Nero” somewhat in check). No wonder you are trying to excuse this action.

    • beebop1952

      So here’s a thought for Ploof ….

      Audit Planned Parenthood, Media Matters and each and every democrat leaning non profit and that will help them raise more money, right?

      I got audited the first — very first — time (2008) I made a political contribution. When I complied with the request to product more documents and it turned out that they owed me money, they pulled an Emily Litella.
      How is it they have alllllllllllll this time to infringe on the free speech of Americans and nooooooooooooo time to get the billions FEDERAL EMPLOYEES owe us?

  • barney59

    Liberal hypocrisy knows no bounds.

  • Irena Gallier

    I don’t agree with Plouffe on much of anything, but intentionally misunderstanding what he was actually trying to say as many are just makes all of us who disagree with him look stupid. There are two questions: did the IRS act illegally? Did the illegal actions affect anything? All he was trying to say was that given the success of tea party and other groups, it looks like any illegal acts of the IRS did not have much negative affect on the victims. I don’t really agree with him but that is pretty clearly what he was saying.

  • Lynn R

    Dems don’t like when Americans become successful. He forgot to mention it was also ILLEGAL!

  • Indynana

    Anyone notice that the TROLL called “Fu@kAlexJones” hasn’t had much to say today? HA HA HA OBAMMY is making it so hard for his base to hold their heads up!

  • beebop1952

    May he be judged by IPAB to be without any real vital signs and have his plug pulled at the very first opportunity.

  • GaylePutt

    And what about all that money Obama raised and is probably still raising? It’s only wrong if conservatives raise tons of money???

  • Tyrconnell

    Back in ’96, along with Gore’s “No controlling legal authority” excuse as to why breaking Campaign Finance laws didn’t apply, there was Billy Jeff’s “I’d do anything to stop the Republican juggernaut” line, followed immediately by Billy Jeff pushing for new Campaign Finance laws (McCain/Feingold).

  • MyrmidoNOT

    Reposting (again) the Perino meme….

    The OBAMA administration (not the I.R.S.) targeted
    the “Conservatives”…so “get your story, right”…Plouffe.

  • Smoking Hamster

    If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

    Ronald Reagan

  • JR48

    It’s not ‘wrong’, it’s ILLEGAL.

  • RememberSekhmet

    If I wanted David Pfluffy’s opinion on the IRS, I would read his entrails

  • KansasGirl

    Poof sounds like he has nothing left to lose.

  • http://www.vatican.va/ Rulz

    Does this mean the TEA PARTY isn’t dead?

  • TocksNedlog

    Future Plouffe excuses:
    “No harm, no foul.”
    “It’s all fun and games until someone loses an election.”
    “It’s not an ‘enemies list’; it’s an ‘our friends across the aisle’ list.” [Harry Reid gave him that one.]

  • TocksNedlog

    Did Plouffe not get the memo? His former(?) boss said that the IRS is an independent agency, not directly controlled by the administration.

    No need to provide cover for someone that wasn’t responsible for what the IRS did; right?

    Davey?

  • Junie3

    I think he’s involved in this, probably took orders from Soros and took it to the IRS to do something, wouldn’t be surprised if Valerie is involved too.