If you’ve been following my adventures in conservative politics and the new media, then you might know that this is my third website since last July. That isn’t ideal, of course– not if you want to draw readers to your blog. But my life changed so much in 2012 that the moves were necessary. To anyone who got lost in the shuffle, my apologies.
Between November of 2011 and November 6, 2012, I was a Herman Cain supporter, a Rick Santorum grassroots volunteer, worked for Restoring America Project PAC, wrote and edited at Tea Party Tribune then worked for Americans For Prosperity. In the meantime, I started writing for Integrity, which consists of blogging for their business clients’ websites.
Here at Lowering the Boom, you’ll find conservative-themed images, stories and commentary. But don’t expect to find a lot of snarkiness. It’s just not something I’m good at.
– Becca Lower
Part I: Rally at Fountain Square, downtown Cincinnati, OH, today at noon:
I’ll be posting photos from the rally/march later today, so check back.
UPDATE: Part II: Ann Becker of the West Chester (Cincinnati) Tea Party addresses protestors outside the Federal Building in downtown Cincinnati today, then takes a ‘Cease and Desist’ letter signed by protest participants into the Federal Building:
Oh, boy! Celebrity and former California GOP governator Arnold Schwarzenegger is for innovation and action and–
The links take you to a countdown splash page, then the homepage (not linking to it) states:
Join the Virtual March for Immigration Reform
We’re planning a virtual march on Washington this spring to push for smart, comprehensive immigration reform to attract and keep the best and brightest to fuel innovation and American jobs.
Because a real march might be less effective? No way to know, really.
I hate to say something nice about Lanny Davis. But credit where credit is due, in light of this revelation on the IRS scandal from White House spokes-mouthpiece Jay Carney today:
Carney said it was the White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler’s judgment that the matter should not be told to the president, and that she conveyed this sentiment to senior staff.
Carney defended the decision, saying conclusions often change in the final stages of inspector general reports, and that it would’ve been inappropriate for the White House to involve itself in an ongoing investigation.
If there were a pop song representing the scandals of this Administration, that last bit would surely be the chorus.
Davis, a special counsel to former President Bill Clinton, recently wrote this (worth quoting in full):
I’ve been told today by several reporters that President Obama’s White House counsel, Kathryn Ruemmler, knew for several days — perhaps weeks —that some Internal Revenue Service officials were engaging in political targeting of conservative groups, and that she did not tell the president as soon as she knew even partial reports about the story.
With all due respect to someone who has impeccable legal credentials, if she did have such foreknowledge and didn’t inform the president immediately, I respectfully suggest Ms. Ruemmler is in the wrong job and that she should resign.
The White House counsel to the president, one of the two or three most important positions on the White House staff, must be more than a great lawyer, which Ms. Ruemmler reportedly is. The White House counsel must also have a sensitive political and media ear — in other words, must be a first-rate crisis manager who understands the fundamental need to get the president out in front of the facts, and not be reactive or overly legalistic in determining crisis management strategy.
If Ms. Ruemmler did know about this IRS story and didn’t inform the president immediately, then, respectfully, that must mean she didn’t appreciate fully the mammoth legal and political implications for the U.S. government as well as the American people of a story involving IRS officials abusing power and possibly violating criminal laws.
It is also hard to understand why some people in the media who apparently knew about this foreknowledge by the White House counsel and her failure to tell the president missed this story and its significance.
I hope these reports are wrong. But we need to know — and so does the president. If they are true, again with all due respect, I suggest she should immediately resign and be replaced by a counsel who is expert at the trio of disciplines required for that job — law, media and politics.