KILMDEADE KONDENSED: May 17, 2013
BRIAN'S OPENING THOUGHTS
"It is a very intriguing week and if you are the President of the United States it's your worse week...bar none, there's not a worse week for the President of the United States!" Brian declared in his opening monologue.
REINCE PRIEBUS, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, had a visceral reaction to President Obama's non-answer on whether anyone in the White House knew about the investigations going on at the IRS before the Inspector General's report was released. Priebus sounded off, "So right there, to me, I was a litigator for 14 years, the entire deposition, the entire testimony, if there is anywhere you need to go, it is right there, that question and that answer. Either he just admitted that in fact he did know about the investigation...He purposely didn't answer the question when he then started out the question by saying I'm going to answer the question specifically and then he specifically didn't answer the question. That exchange right there, is where people need to look at!"
Brian sat down with legendary tennis bad boy JIMMY CONNORS, author of The Outsider: A Memoir, and they talked about some of his legendary matches and contrasted how Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe ("Mack") played the game. Connors said that even when he sees Mack today he still gets that little twinge in his stomach and his shoulder hunch a little bit, "There is always that little something that reminds me how important it was when I played him."
REP. SPENCER BACHUS (R-AL) explained what he was trying to get at when he drilled Attorney General Holder about when and how he recused himself from the AP investigation. Bachus explained, "There is a formal process, he is supposed to do it in writing." Bachus wants to know when exactly Holder recused himself. "We don't know...he doesn't know. This is the top law enforcement officer in the federal government and he didn't follow the law."
Chris Stirewalt, Fox News Digital Politics Editor and host of the online show "Power Play," joined Brian for some post-hearing analysis. Outgoing IRS Chief Steve Miller apologized today at a hearing on Capitol Hill, calling the agency's actions "foolish" while claiming it was not motivated by partisanship. Chris told Brian that this goes well beyond a misunderstanding of the law, "This thing will only get bigger until the Administration and the people at the IRS get real, get aggressive and get serious."
Just call her "Acronym Aly"--Fox's Alisyn Camerota explained how she is sick of the government being in both BOLO (be on the lookout list) and CYA (cover you're a$$) mode. Aly thinks it is a simple question, "Who issued the BOLO?" Aly went on to remind Brian that even the TEA in Tea Party stands for something--Taxed Enough Already!
Three's a Crowd? Brian and Alisyn, both being parents of three kids, gave Doug Brunt, husband of FOX's Megyn Kelly and author of Ghosts of Manhattan, some tips on what to expect when Megyn and he welcome their third child later this summer. Aly warned that the third child really upsets the apple cart because you can no longer play a man-on-man defense!