Thursday, June 19, 2014

(Related update): President Asterisk to the Rescue!

Related update:   According to Glenn Reynolds in his most recent USA Today column,  one asterisk next to his presidential legacy is not enough for Obama.  No, he deserves a second for his most recent scandal -- the "lost" emails of Lois Lerner.  From his article:
Now it may be time for another asterisk. As Congress investigates the IRS chicanery, the IRS has responded to a request for emails to and from Lois Lerner, who spearheaded the Tea Party harassment, by saying, basically, that the dog ate its homework. Or, rather, the IRS claims, somewhat dubiously, that "a hard drive crash" on Lerner's computer led to the loss of emails to outside entities "such as the White House, Treasury, Department of Justice, FEC, or Democrat offices." You know, the very people she's accused of coordinating her harassment with.
It's an interesting, entertaining article and you can access it by clicking here.

Original post (4/30/14):  In previous OLS posts (here and here) I argued that there is strong reason to believe that Obama systematically manipulated and hid information about potential scandals from the public in the run-up to the 2012 elections.  Indeed, many in the blogosphere have taken to calling him President Asterisk (originally coined by James Taranto, here) because his 2012 victory is tainted and thus, like dirty sports stars and their records, should be indicated as such with an asterisk by his name.  Well, reports today that Pres. Asterisk's EPA may be taking a play out of his playbook:
New documents released this week raise serious questions about whether the EPA delayed publication of new environmental rules in order to help Democrats running for re-election in the upcoming 2014 midterm elections. Worse, the new documents also contradict sworn testimony given before a Senate committee by Obama's Environmental Protection Agency chief, Gina McCarthy, insisting the EPA had published the rules in a timely manner.
Even though the agency had announced the rules two months previously, the EPA waited until November 8 to submit its New Source Performance Standard (NSPS) rules for power plants--rules that will send electric costs soaring, eliminate thousands of jobs, and close coal-fueled power plants across the country. Because of the late submission, the Federal Register didn't publish the rules until January 8.
According to Politico, "The delay means that the soonest congressional Republicans can force a vote on repealing the rule is January 2015." This would be months after the issue could have posed a problem for Democrats seeking re-election in November of this year.