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Shorter Dan Pfeiffer: ‘Your Partisan Questions Are So Largely Irrelevant and Offensive, I’m Not Going to Answer Them’

Posted on | May 19, 2013 | 26 Comments

When the White House sent Obama’s senior adviser out to do five Sunday shows, his orders were obviously to claim that (a) only Republicans care whether the administration is lying about Benghazi, and (b) the answer to any question about Benghazi is “largely irrelevant”:

Wallace repeatedly asked Pfeiffer where the president was and what he was doing while terrorists were attacking the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Pfeiffer refused to answer Wallace’s question of whether Obama entered the White House Situation Room during the Sept. 11 attack, saying, “I don’t remember what room the president was in on that night, and that’s a largely irrelevant fact.” . . .
On CBS Sunday, Pfeiffer said that the question of who edited the administration’s “talking points” about the Benghazi was “largely irrelevant.”

The Obama answer to everything: “Shut up, Republicans!”

Notice who is included in the Memeorandum aggregation on Daniel Halper’s Weekly Standard storyRick Moran at PJ TatlerScott Johnson at Power LineAnn AlthouseDoug Brady at Conservatives4PalinDan Riehl at Riehl World News, William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection and Andrew McCarthy at National Review. In other words, not a single liberal blogger or journalist considers it newsworthy that Obama’s senior adviser refused to say where the president was on the night of the Benghazi attack. This strategy of ignoring the obvious functions as a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy: If Democrats don’t pay any attention, interest in the administration’s scandals is therefore, by definition, strictly a Republican affair, and . . . “Shut up, Republicans!”

Tautologically confining any scandal to the category of “partisan fishing expeditions” (another Dan Pfeiffer talking point) does not, however, work as an explanation: If the answers to these questions are “largely irrelevant,why won’t Pfeiffer answer the questions?

“Shut up, Republicans!”



  • Sirius U. Guise

    Mr. Irrelevant.

  • keyboard jockey

    The administration is whistling past the graveyard.

  • Garym

    Elected Republicans should be out pounding this clown with questions asking where he was, but they have no balls. Here is a person with a big brass pair:

  • Adjoran

    Ah, the “Irrelevant” stage. “No scandal ever fed a hungry child,” eh?

    When do they get to the “Modified Limited Hang-out”? That’s my favorite!

  • jwb7605

    Well, if it’s irrelevant, there is obviously no controlling legal authority, either. That means they can do whatever they want, because shut up, that’s why!

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  • Marian

    No, we will NOT shut up!!!!!

  • tropical1

    They intentionally released the IRS scandals, along with the wiretapping reporters outrage as a warning across the bow – you investigate us, we’ll ruin you.

  • Bob Belvedere

    Oh, that’s coming soon enough.
    Are you, like me, having many 1970’s flashbacks?

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  • Shawny Lee

    Conservatives didn’t get the memo that there was regime change not merely an election. That announcement “we won” is all you need to know. Time after time as members of this regime were brought before Congress and questioned about anything, the response was not to cooperate or simply answer the questions. Each time it was indignation, contempt, disgust, refusal to even show up or supply requested documents even after being served a subpoena and outright lies. Eric Holder was literally found in contempt of Congress……but that’s what all of this administration has shown, absolute contempt for Congress, the rule of law, and the American people from the start. Who the hell are you and how dare you question our authority? This delusional dictatorship that thought it was “too big to fail” is in for one huge bitch slap reality check.

  • mojo

    The modern-day Chuck Colson.

  • Hmm.

    If a tree falls in the forest, and no press person will report it, it didn’t fall.

    Welcome to the new world order where there is no such thing as objective truth. Just objects of desire.

    I don’t see how this pencils out for the continued rule of law, let alone life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

  • Adjoran

    “What did the President know, and when did he stop knowing it?” (National Lampoon’s revision of the Howard Baker query is always close to my heart).

  • Adjoran

    Why do you think we are all stockpiling ammo?

  • Adjoran

    Ever notice how many of Obama’s “senior advisers” aren’t even old enough to shave yet?

    Well, except for Valerie Jarrett.

  • Hmm.

    Per Ben Franklin, it was a republic we couldn’t keep.

  • G Joubert

    This strategy must’ve been hashed out in advance some years ago on journ-o-list, probably back in the primaries of the 2008 campaign– just don’t cover anything negative– call it Republican partisanship. They’ve followed it like a script. Until the AP story.

  • K-Bob

    In this testosterone-free zone that is the current Administration, clearly Ms. Jarret has first call on the leftovers from Napolitano’s stock of booster shots.

  • K-Bob

    The complaints of the Thirteen Colonies were also largely irrelevant in the court of King George, as were the complaints of the Civil Rights marchers to the ears of Southern Democrats, and that eighteen and a half minute gap in Nixon’s White House tapes was to the few remaining Nixon Loyalists (otherwise known as “Al Haig”) in 1973.

    barack should take note: it never ends well.

  • chrisgale

    Who signed off on this fresh bit of stupidity?

  • Bob Belvedere

    The old National Lampoon is close to my heart.

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