I’m so sorry to learn that today (H/T Twitchy Politics) that SW Washington Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler and her husband’s unborn child is suffering from a fatal condition. From her Facebook page today:
John Eastman, Constitutional law expert, law professor, former Dean of the Chapman School of Law and head of the National Organization for Marriage was in Oregon Congressman Earl Bow Tie Blumenauer’s cross hairs today at the IRS Hearing before the House Ways and Means Committee. And then it all went wrong for the smug, self satisfied millionaire Congressman who somewhere along in his career began to always think of himself as the smartest guy in the room. He showed the world what we constituents always knew: he’s not.
I tweeted along Blumenauer’s statements which basically went like this: advoca
ting for gay marriage is public good and ok, advocating for marriage between a man and a w
When he got the chance to speak again Eastman let Blumenauer have it,oman is political speech, therefore your group was rightly targeted by the IRS. He also made an outrageous statement that it was somehow wrong for NOM to be against pornography. I need to get a direct quote on that.
“Rep Blumenauer, it’s your kind of statements that empower the IRS agents to make determinations about which organizations qualify for the public good [applause breaks out] and which do not. The notion that defending traditional marriage does not qualify as a defense of the public good is beyond preposterous.”
And let’s go back down memory lane, shall we, when Bow Tie Blumenauer upbraided Rep Todd Akin for calling the IRS goons a ‘goon squad.” This is when conservative groups started complaining about being targeted and Congressmen started asking about it.
Baghdad Jim McDermott sounded like the old coot he is today during the House Ways and Means Committee’s IRS Hearing when he basically told the victims of the IRS that they deserved it. And they were PREPARED REMARKS.
“If you didn’t come in and ask for this tax break, you would have never had a question asked of you. You could go out and say anything you want to world. And I get the feeling that many of you and [laughs] my Republican colleagues believe you should be free from political targeting but you believe you should be free from any scrutiny.”
I’ll bet he tells that to allllll the rape victims. Following this absurd soliloquy, a Tea Party member corrected him by saying that 501c4 organizations don’t take food out of the mouths of starving children. Another Congressman corrected his lie about applications being four times the number they were before.
In other words it was a typical day for Baghdad Jim.
And Congressman Paul Ryan came back after McDermott:
“We’re the San Fernando Valley Tea Party not Occupy Oakland.”
From AP WASHINGTON (AP) — The leaders of six conservative groups targeted by the Internal Revenue Service get to tell their side today at a House Ways and Means Committee hearing. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. EST. Several of the groups say their applications for tax-exempt status were delayed while agents asked intrusive questions, hindering fund-raising efforts. Mr. John Eastman, Chairman, National Organization for Marriage Ms. Diane Besom, Laurens County Tea Party Ms. Becky Gerritson, Wetumpka Tea Party Ms. Karen Kenny, San Fernando Valley Patriots Mr. Kevin Kookogey,Founder and President, Linchpins of Liberty Ms. Sue Martinek, Coalition for Life of Iowa A new report is scheduled to be released today on IRS spending for employee conferences.
Ms. Becky Gerritson, Wetumpka Tea Party told the House Ways and Means Committee what happened to her group at the hands of the IRS.