As the Republican so-called scandal and outrage franchise rolls on, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus is now getting in on the act. According to TPM, Priebus got his moment of rage for the cameras this morning on, what else, Morning Joe, the jumping-off point for raging hypocrisy and GOP Propaganda Central, led by the king of disingenuous temper tantrum fiction, Joe-Did-I-Mention-I-Was-In-Congress-Once?-Scarborough.
Today's topic of exasperation? IRS official Lois Lerner, who yesterday invoked her Fifth Amendment rights and declined to answer questions during committee hearings in the House.
....Priebus said that pleading the Fifth "implies there are some criminal aspects" of the IRS scandal. John Heileman, a writer for New York Magazine who was sitting on the show's panel, cried foul at that characterization.
"But you don't need to plead the Fifth if you've done nothing wrong," Priebus said.
Despite those pointing out the facts on just what the Fifth Amendment actually says, Priebus was having none of that. Facts be damned, in his mind, if you take the Fifth, that "implies there are some criminal aspects" on any investigation involved.
Perhaps Priebus should have looked around at various members of his own party before making that claim, but then who am I kidding? This is Reince Priebus who has never let facts and details get in the way of a good whining session, so why would he start now?
But still, if taking the Fifth in his mind implies criminal wrongdoing, and no one needs to plead the Fifth if they've done nothing wrong, then it's too bad that no one at the Morning Joe kid's table asked him "What about someone who pleads the Fifth not once, but 75 times? Does that imply 'there are some criminal aspects Mr. Priebus?" Does that mean that person has done something really, really wrong?
Because if it does, what do you suppose Priebus would say about Gov. Rick Scott in this video deposition in an antitrust case brought by Orlando Regional Healthcare System against his former company Columbia/HCA?
Does Rick Scott's lack of knowledge and answers in this video also "raise questions?"