House Democrats may have had a gloomy retreat in Cambridge, Massachusetts, coming to grips with reality that Nancy Pelosi will not be Speaker of the House again after 2014. But embattled Senate Democrats aren’t ready to give up just yet.
In fact, Sens. Mark Begich (D-AK), Jeanne Sheehan (D-NH), Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Key Hagan (D-NC), all are turning to the IRS for help with reelection. The Democratic senators figure that if they can’t defend their records and win reelection within the boundaries of constitutional government, well then they will use the IRS to target those who oppose their reelection.
“If they’re claiming the tax relief, the tax benefit to be a nonprofit for social relief or social justice, then that’s what they should be doing,” Sen. Mark Begich told the Hill. “If it’s to give them cover so they can do political activity, that’s abusing the tax code. And either side.”
Americans for Prosperity, a group that plans to spend a ton of money to defeat these vulnerable Democrats and others, are at the top of the list for the despot Democrats. The pro-economic freedom group unveiled an ad buy Wednesday, attacking the Democrat for supporting ObamaCare.
Americans for Prosperity announced last week they will commence a $1.4 million TV ad campaign against Sen. Kay Hagan, who is trailing all of her potential Republican candidates and was an early supporter of ObamaCare. Sen. Mary Landrieu, also trailing in most bipartisan or nonpartisan surveys, will be on the receiving end of a $750,000 three-week ad campaign.
And the list goes on.
In November, the Treasury Department and the IRS drafted regulations to limit the political activities of conservative groups, though they ridiculously claim it is intended for both the right and left. The proposed regulations have attracted more than 23,000 comments from the outraged public, which according to the Internal Revenue Service is a record.
According to a new Fox News poll, a whopping two-thirds of Americans disagree with Obama’s assertion that the IRS is not corrupt. Clearly, though the House is all but lost, the Democrats are willing to do anything to keep their majority, including using the most-hated and feared agency of the federal government to retain power.
Will is be enough, considering the mountain the Democratic Party knows it must climb in order to avoid an even worse shellacking in 2014 than received in 2010?
The feeling and sentiment in Democratic Party circles will give all an idea.
“It’s not pessimism—just as it’s not optimism,” said Rep. Jim Himes of Connecticut, the national finance chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “It is cold, hard realism.”