Bachmann and the Laws of Logic

Last week it was revealed that the IRS had singled out groups that had “tea party” or “patriot” in their names last year while reviewing applications for non-profit tax-exempt status. This is a genuine problem and the Inspector General of the IRS is investigating. Once that report is issued, there are likely to be people who need to be fired. But Michele Bachmann thinks it’s all part of a conspiracy to divert attention from the Benghazi scandal. See if you can spot the contradiction here:

But why would an administration ever confess to such a flagrant misuse of politics and power?

Bachmann, who chairs the House Tea Party caucus, said it’s the Benghazi scandal.

“There’s no doubt this was not a coincidence that they dumped this story today, a Friday dump day,” Bachmann told WND. “This is when they put their negative stories out.”

Well yes, that is the norm in politics. When you have bad news, you release it late on a Friday afternoon and people will be too distracted by the weekend to pay much attention to it. This is how you reduce the vehemence of the reaction to the negative story. But then…

Bachmann said the IRS announcement of misbehavior was intended to provoke conservatives and draw their anger and attention.

“I was in that Benghazi hearing,” she told WND. “I think the Obama administration is desperate to spin Benghazi, and they can’t. I think they saved this story up for a day like today so that conservatives would focus on this admission.”

So they released it on a Friday afternoon to simultaneously reduce the attention paid to it AND to focus more attention on it. Fascinating. And then there’s this:

“Conservatives can handle two shocking stories at the same time,” she said. “Both are equally unconstitutional and call into question the very president.”

Unconstitutional? Benghazi? It may have been bad judgment, it may have been dereliction of duty, it may have had a terrible result. But unconstitutional? Exactly which provision of the Constitution was violated? Bachmann is just tossing our her usual word salad. Benghazi is bad, unconstitutional is bad, voila — it’s unconstitutional.

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  • Doug Little

    Unconstitutional?

    Just another word that is used to stir up the base. It is meaningless to these idiots and acts simply as a dog whistle for outrage against anybody who is not part of their group. You can add Nazi, Socialism, Communist and many other words that the right have hijacked for this purpose.

  • freemage

    Right now, the administration is taking heat on three fronts:

    1: Benghazi. Near as I can tell, the only substantive claim here is the notion that the administration (Clinton in particular) was not forthcoming in the post-attack analysis. The notion that (for instance) an F-16 ‘flyover’ that didn’t drop any ordinance was going to stop that attack is profoundly stupid.

    2: The IRS investigation. The complaint here is more solid, and heads have already started to roll, as they needed to. Unless it’s shown that Obama’s inner circle knew about the violations, though, the evidence seems to support the notion that the administration is dealing with it appropriately, with all due force. (Mind you, I’m generally up for an increase in investigation of 501(c) organizations that have political ties, but that’s across the board.)

    3: The AP phone record scandal. This is getting the smallest amount of press-coverage, which is typical, because it may very well be the worst of the lot. The notion of law-enforcement officials scanning reporter phone records is very disturbing, and has a strong possibility of further stomping out needed whistleblowing.

  • unbound

    Diversion from Benghazi? From my understanding, the poor choice of using those phrases (e.g. Tea Party) to help isolate potentially fraudulent 501(c)(4) applications started 3 years ago…

  • lldayo

    Ed, you gave us a game to play in spotting the contradiction but then pointed it out for us. It’s like reading Where’s Waldo with a big circle drawn around him on every page. :*(

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    unbound “Diversion from Benghazi? From my understanding, the poor choice of using those phrases (e.g. Tea Party) to help isolate potentially fraudulent 501(c)(4) applications started 3 years ago…”

    And when did the Justice Department grab the Tea Party’s phone records while the AP was getting attacked by the IRS in Benghazi? That’s right: three years ago.

     

    Think about it.

  • slc1

    The acting head of the IRS has already gotten the heave ho.

  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    “But unconstitutional? Exactly which provision of the Constitution was violated?”

    The 1st amendment, obviously! It only allows for “the right of the people PEACEABLY to assemble”! Benghazi was not at all peaceable! Yet more proof Hussein Obama Hussein hates the Constitution!!

  • dingojack

    “Both are equally unconstitutional and call into question the very president.”

    Michele, how very dare you!

    “The notion of law-enforcement officials scanning reporter phone records is very disturbing…”

    It’s a demarcation issue, illegally hacking some-one’s phone records is a journalist’s job.

    :) Dingo

  • abb3w

    @0, Ed Brayton

    Benghazi is bad, unconstitutional is bad, voila — it’s unconstitutional.

    I deeply wonder how she’d do on the Wason selection task.

  • greg1466

    “Conservatives can handle two shocking stories at the same time,”

    Not surprising since they seem to find every story they hear shocking.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    “Conservatives can fabricate two shocking stories at the same time,”

    There, Missy, ftfy.

    I picture Missy, standing in the Congress and saying, “It’s UNCONSTITUTIONAL!”.

    To which Inygo Montoya replies, “You keep saying that word; I do not think it means what you think it means.”. Her drinking the Iocane laced wine would just be a bonus.

  • noe1951

    But why would an administration ever confess to such a flagrant misuse of politics and power?

    That’s right – why didn’t they just deny and deny and deny until no one remembers, like I do?