This has been a great couple of weeks for any conservatives who have kept tabs on Bill Maher and Jon Stewart for years. Bill Maher broke down on air and admitted that there’s a funky scent in the air that reminds him a lot of freshly baked police state cookie dough. Now, Jon Stewart looks around at the the Obama administration’s IRS and Associated Press scandals and a great big “F**K!” bubbles up and bursts forth for his viewing audience.
Here is the condensed commentary:
Jon Stewart: [W]hile the tax exempt status that all political groups get is all kind of bulls**t, it’s bulls**t that should at least be granted fairly and equitably — spread around evenly if you will. So unlike much of whole Benghazi inquiry, this seems like a genuine scandal. So explanation please let’s say from the person who oversees tax exempt organizations for the IRS.
Lois Lerner, IRS Director of exempt organizations (video): [IRS specialists] used names like ‘Tea Party’ and ‘Patriots’ and they selected cases simply because those applications had the names in the title. That was wrong. The IRS would like to apologize for that. …
Stewart: Don’t worry, it gets funnier.
Lois Lerner (video): I said about a quarter of the cases that were selected had either ‘tea party’ or ‘patriot’ in their name.
NBC News, Tom Costello (video): Thank you for the clarification, but that would be a quarter of the 300, so then are we talking about 75 or so?
Lois Lerner (video): That’s correct. Is that a quarter? Thank you. I”m not good at math.
Jon Stewart: That’s a good one! … lady who works at the place that calculates people’s taxes.
That is not all, but first we must return to just last week, when President Obama addressed a graduating class of college students in Columbus, Ohio:
“Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems. Some of these same voices also do their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices.” (President Obama, May 5, 2013, Columbus, Ohio).
Yes. Yes… “Reject” those voices. It becomes increasingly difficult when Bill Maher and Jon Stewart are getting the thousand-yard stare and telling their audiences that the guys they mocked as “tinfoil hat” wearing fools might not be as crazy as the “Real Time” and “Jon Stewart Show” audiences were led to believe.
Stewart continues in a voice that President Obama would tell young students to “reject”:
Well congratulations President Barack Obama. Conspiracy theorists that can generally survive in anaerobic environments have just had an algae bloom dropped on their fucking heads. … This has in one seismic moment shifted the burden of proof from the tin-foiled behatted to the government. The VA claims backlog and the bounced checks foreclosure clusterf**k had already given government-competence fetishists fits, and now this. In a few short weeks you’ve shown that when the government wants to do good things your managerial competence falls somewhere between David Brent and a cat chasing a laser pointer, but when the government wants to flex it’s more malevolent muscles you’re f***king Iron Man!
Boom. There’s really nothing more to be said. I highly suggest watching the video. By the end, Stewart looks like a man who would make his own “seismic shift” publicly known had he not invested so much of his life into making conservatives the butt of his jokes. He looks like a man whose worldview has been shaken to its core.
The IRS targeting conservatives? Perhaps he could have gotten over that one. The Justice Department targeting the press? “Et tu, Obama?” Yes, Jon … President Obama, too.