ABC: Former White House senior adviser and Democratic strategist David Plouffe fought back against assertions from GOP strategist and former Deputy Chief of Staff to George W. Bush Karl Rove that the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups was a political pursuit driven by Democrats.
“There’s been no suggestion— the Inspector General said there was no politics involved in this,” Plouffe said this morning on “This Week.” “This was not an effort driven by the White House. It would be the dumbest political effort of all time.”
Rove, who co-founded the GOP affiliated outside spending group “American Crossroads,” argued that IRS workers in offices across the country may have taken direction, inadvertently, from top Democrats.
” I think people sitting in Cincinnati, Laguna Niguel, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. listen to people like Senator Max Baucus, Senator Chuck Schumer, President Obama,” Rove said. “When President Obama goes out in 2010 and calls these groups ‘a threat to democracy’ he’s blowing a dog whistle.”