Lois Lerner Emails Exist

A potential bombshell was dropped today, as it was acknowledged that Lois Lerner’s IRS emails have not been destroyed but have been backed up per normal government protocol procedures which are in place as a safety net should a government-wide catastrophe occur.

Department of Justice attorneys for the Internal Revenue Service told Judicial Watch on Friday that Lois Lerner’s emails, indeed all government computer records, are backed up by the federal government in case of a government-wide catastrophe. The Obama administration attorneys said that this back-up system would be too onerous to search. The DOJ attorneys also acknowledged that the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) is investigating this back-up system.

We obviously disagree that disclosing the emails as required would be onerous, and plan to raise this new development with Judge Sullivan.

This is a jaw-dropping revelation. The Obama administration had been lying to the American people about Lois Lerner’s missing emails. There are no “missing” Lois Lerner emails – nor missing emails of any of the other top IRS or other government officials whose emails seem to be disappearing at increasingly alarming rate. All the focus on missing hard drives has been a diversion. The Obama administration has known all along where the email records could be – but dishonestly withheld this information. You can bet we are going to ask the court for immediate assistance in cutting through this massive obstruction of justice.

Numerous technology experts have been interviewed by the media concerning the alledgedly destroyed emails caused by Lerner’s hard drive crash. All of them said the same thing – emails are stored on servers, not on hard drives, so, the emails exist, somewhere.

Of course they were right.

Will this information be buried by the mainstream media? It’s likely. The MSM is notoriously cowardly if it appears they are “piling on” this president. I can imagine the conversation in editorial rooms across the country include hand wringing over hitting Obama hard on his golfing exploits of late. Could they immediately follow up with news of the IRS scandal blowing up? You know, the scandal that Obama said didn’t include a smidgen of corruption?

I expect crickets. 

Repeal all of Obamacare?

Lest you think the GOP is gearing up for a quick November 2010 election win and an even quicker repeal of Health Care Reform, think again.

In a brief chat with the Huffington Post on Tuesday, National Republican Senatorial Committee chair John Cornyn (R-Tex.) implicitly acknowledged that Republicans are content with allowing some elements of Obama’s reform into law. And they’d generally ignore those elements when taking the fight to their Democrat opponents as November approaches.

Realistically, a full repeal is probably a loser position in November. After all, when asked, most Republicans in congress are quick to note that there are points of agreement with Democrats on certain aspects of Health Care Reform. You know, the whole pre-existing conditions stuff, etc.

I was just wondering how long it would take for someone in the party to speak up and “clarify” the campaign year position on what it means to get rid of Obamacare. For the record, it took just over two hours after the bill got signed. Expect more “clarity” as we get closer to fall.

I Love Reality

Wait for it.

So here’s a prediction for you: Obamacare is not going to happen, regardless of the fact that the president is going to sign it into law today, regardless of what happens in the 2010 and 2012 elections, and regardless of any speech given anywhere in Washington. The government’s ability to simply say “Make it so!” and ignore economic reality is coming up against its limit. If Nancy Pelosi thinks the Republicans are obstructionists, wait until she wants to borrow money from people who don’t want to lend it to her and don’t have to run for reelection.

Obamacare will be a huge new outlay on an already bloated federal budget, two-thirds of which is committed to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, national defense, and interest payments on the national debt. Somebody’s not going to get paid. Bond investors are worried that it’s going to be them, but my bet is that it’s going to be those who have put their faith in Obamacare. But, hey, it was fun while it lasted. Have a Tylenol.

Kevin Williamson is a deputy managing editor of National Review.

You can read the whole thing here.

I’m a realist too, and what Williamson says makes a whole lot of sense. When it comes to tough choices, the entitlements with the most longevity will win the day. They’ll be paid, while Obamacare won’t. So, yeah, take a Tylenol.