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And has been quite a week for the Obama administration they've had three major scandals that they have been dealing -- The stream of new developments it raises questions about what this cloud of controversy could say about the administration as a whole in terms of how they operate.
Michael -- sums it up with his calm today in the New York Post.
He writes revelations in recent days about the IRS playing political favorites the massive phone grab at the AP news operation.
And Obama care's cost impact combined to demonstrate something that I have believed he says for a long time.
The Obama administration is both -- rocked.
06 starts back -- when Fox News contributors while.
That's a serious charge corrupt and incompetent.
-- Martha I think that -- any president -- has the succession of scandals I mean anyone would be enough to call into question.
But to have a series of them all -- once here in the fifth year of his presidency.
Tells me that it needs are not isolated the fundamentally they are connected they all go back to the White House they all go back to the president himself.
And his closest -- so.
After a nearly in his fifth year in the White House his policies his people.
-- charge there are running everything.
And they're doing a terrible job of -- so you think of all of the the scandals of those last couple of years whether it's cylinder -- the unions getting favored treatment everywhere.
It's all about the president's all about the presidency.
And I should be and you see that they can't really run the government.
And when they do run it like with the IRS it's corrupt and so I think that the combination is really deadly for the country at home and abroad.
And that -- would take issue with your claim that it all goes back to them and they really went on offense yesterday and I thought it was interesting that you heard from David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs both saying.
You know what you need to get those emails out there there almost in a sort of shouting from the side mountain -- giving some advice.
But they declassified.
94 pages of of emails in the -- -- issue fired the temporary -- of the IRS.
And and the AP -- that holder knew nothing -- was handled by a deputy and then and that he knew nothing.
Now those excuses and those.
Will hold water -- with a lot of people out there they'll -- see the White House had nothing to do with us right.
But it but I think that it's the problem they have -- a with a couple of days of messaging and sort of superficial actions you know a little heads will roll the old line is.
I don't think that.
It really goes -- the heart of of the argument which is that you've had five years now these are your people these are your policies.
To say that somehow you're not responsible for them.
Defies the very idea of what it means to be president these are people you put there.
-- I don't get you know he's a second term president.
You know he could be the big the big person he he could say this stinks you're all fired.
This doesn't happen in America he -- he has every ability in his position right now to take the high -- right why not why not do it.
I don't think he has it in him -- -- he's never taken the high road and everything he's taken the aloof from Rhode.
But never the high road he's never really worked with anybody in Washington he doesn't like anybody in Washington.
Democrat or you say about himself more and more isolated all the time right I -- I think he's he's never built the -- of personal relationships that.
Whether it's been good or bad that is how the world -- you know and so when you when you don't build those friendships when you have the opportunity now when you need them.
Nobody trusts -- he nobody knew if they knew that and there's nobody trying to help him because he's never played ball with anybody I don't mean that in a negative sense just that.
He has not he has not covering his govern as though it's beneath him and -- now it's coming back to bite him.
I want to close with a quick thought on this because -- -- this was actually the most chilling sentence in your entire piece the idea that ordinary citizens hold the power has no meaning.
When the political class circles the wagons and the press looks the other way and when the president accumulates more -- control -- well I think that's what America.
That's right when you saw Eric Holder yesterday -- and I don't know I wasn't part of this.
How -- only hold accountable in the justice department for the eight.
So this idea that nobody in in the top -- of our government is responsible for Ben Ghazi.
The IRS well that what is the point of democracy if they're not responsible I mean that they were elected to run these agencies if they if they.
Agencies are not run well who would hold a continent says some bureaucrats -- is not bureaucrats Michael Goodwin as always thanks good to see this morning thank you -- --
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