David Axelrod, a former member of Team Obama, paid a visit to Morning Joe on Tuesday, where the segment inevitably turned toward the IRS scandal. He took it as an opportunity to criticize Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) who’s recently been increasingly harsh in his remarks about the administration. That’s the overreach, Axelrod contended. And it’s not doing Republicans any favors.
Acknowledging the “serious things that ought to be looked at, Axelrod went on to say, “The question is just: Will they overplay their hand? If Darrell Issa has torqued this thing up so high that he threatens to take the party over the cliff.”
“And if I were Republicans, I would say to Issa, in the parlance of his old business, ‘Please step away from that car,'” he added, taking a jab at Issa’s being accused of stealing a car in the 1970s. “I think there’s real danger here for them.”
The joke got a laugh out of the panel, as the Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson explained how he agreed with Axelrod’s contention. Issues engulfing the IRS are “appalling,” he prefaced, but Issa “threatens to go way, way over the top. And maybe he’ll be reigned in and we’ll actually get better government out of that.”
As for the president, Axelrod argued he’s approach the problem the correct way — and that with an agency so large, there’s bound to be an issue somewhere.
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