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Controversies now dog in the White House let's bring in Karl Rove.
Who is a senior advisor and deputy chief of staff to president George W.
In Easton joins us and -- a senior editor Washington columnist for fortune magazine both are Fox News contributors in it.
And to what extent if at all.
It is does all of this the three scandals and then some.
Do damage to the president's ability to achieve his agenda whatever that is.
Or affect the narrative of his presidency I think what you're having the danger for this president.
Is that you're having to narratives form right now in Washington circles.
One is that he's certain the bystander president he's not doesn't get involved he's letting agencies.
Fight it out he's aunt and he's just doesn't roll up his sleeves and get down the dirty work.
The second and more troubling it's mostly among his opponents but it's it's still add narrative that's -- -- beating the Washington story line.
Which is that -- -- do anything to get elected president.
And of course the both the big Ghazi scandal and the IRS.
Scandal are beating their story lines we're gonna see today is -- continued effort by the White House.
To get ahead.
Those narratives and to try to change them -- to be very aggressive as we saw yesterday at firing IRS commissioner.
Trying to get ahead of these guys scandals and try to put its imprint on -- -- you authored a a column today in the Wall Street Journal which are random let me quote from a generally the president's instincts will more likely lead him in the months ahead to circle the wagons and become more prickly.
And self -- Which may be redundant naturally.
Expand on that.
Well -- -- from his Monday night comments he goes Monday night after all this stuff begins to break to New York to do three fundraisers.
And -- he basically says so look I thought that after I won the election that it would quote break the fever and and the hyper partisanship in Washington basically.
All I had to do -- win reelection and everybody was gonna fall in line.
And that he blamed Rush Limbaugh for the current difficulties I mean that that the problems we have with the IRS with big Ghazi and and and in with the eighty.
Somehow or another it's not his fault it's all Rush Limbaugh's fault and I think this is simply the tone that's gonna.
-- now they'll do some Smart PR things I think need to had a very Smart judgment there.
About their recent actions but consider -- -- the statement last night to the press.
One he's gonna fire the guy who's the acting commissioner the IRS which I understand had his term.
They had asked ended June so he's removing him.
Basically a couple of weeks early and -- I thought was interesting stimulus -- I look forward to an orderly transition most Americans I think walked away from the president's statement thinking that it.
-- the -- is bigger -- Miller was leaving -- this but the material and I.
In a in -- a box and leaving.
And the president also said I'm gonna implement all the -- invest in -- recommendations and cooperate with congress he had no choice but to do those two things.
Mean it Jay Carney.
It has been the chief spokesman for the president obviously.
Has he lost credibility in all of this.
I think what you're seeing is that the press.
Sensibility on this main -- press has definitely -- did.
Against the White House and against -- and against dad Jay Carney it's interesting what I think a little known fact big people that talk about the liberal bias in the media.
But in fact people who cover the White House reporters mainstream media reporters who cover the White House.
Have been frustrated by this White House for a long time they feel like they're talk down to.
They feel like that there's no access.
There there it that he goes over the president goes over their heads to talk to the people and doesn't doesn't.
Even consider them important.
And so this is a chance what you're seeing I think -- the media.
-- -- turn and you know ironically of course it's it's on issues that affect directly the media.
In in the case of and -- -- and is it self interest on their part but you are definitely seeing the media turn on this White House and you're seeing a lot of Bible bottled up frustration come to the four.
You know is there a pattern here Carl.
We asked the president about things like the IRS news to us he's it's the -- snooping scandal.
Didn't know anything about it.
Ben Ghazi there's no there there.
Is there a pattern.
Yeah he's -- disengaged and distant president but on the other hand it's also a little bit upon I can't imagine.
That the attorney general.
And the Department of Justice would not have given the office in General Counsel inside the White House a heads up that they were about -- take this very.
-- -- step of asking for the phone records of of a hundred journalists and editors of PAP I just can't believe that that would happen.
And and look the president and some -- and to some degree is responsible for some of these -- remember in September and October of 2012.
He went actually -- he went out and denounced 501 C four groups.
Conservative 501 C four groups as enemies of democracy you can't tell me some IRS bureaucrat in Cincinnati fortune or California all of which were conduct -- Investigations -- conservative groups we're not heartened by the president -- out declaring the groups that they were looking at as quote enemies of democracy.
So the president is disengaged and distant but -- he's now paying the price for Karl Rove Nina Easton.
Thanks appreciate it.
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