Dan Pfeiffer

White House told Susan Rice to blame Benghazi on a YouTube video

This is a pretty big “get” by Judicial Watch. The conservative watchdog organization filed suit in last summer to gain access to documents related to the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack. Those emails were released by the organization on Tuesday.

Among the 41 documents obtained by Judicial Watch is an email from then-White House Deputy Strategic Communications Adviser Ben Rhodes to other prominent White House officials that focused on goals tailored around a very specific narrative: blame Benghazi on a video and not policy failures:

The Rhodes email was sent on sent on Friday, September 14, 2012, at 8:09 p.m. with the subject line:  “RE: PREP CALL with Susan, Saturday at 4:00 pm ET.”  The documents show that the “prep” was for Amb. Rice’s Sunday news show appearances to discuss the Benghazi attack.

Desperation: The White House and Democrats really want you to think House Republicans are going to impeach Barack Obama

Let’s just go ahead and get this out of the way right now: House Republicans are not going to make a serious effort to impeach President Barack Obama. Sure, there are some prominent conservatives, including Sarah Palin, and a handful of House Republicans who’ve floated the idea. But it’s just not going to happen.

The White House and senior Democrats, however, are talking about impeachment like it’s a “thing.” White House advisor Dan Pfeiffer told reporters on Friday at House Republicans are opening the door to impeachment. “I think Speaker Boehner, by going down the path of this lawsuit, has opened the door to Republicans possibly considering impeachment in the future,” said Pfeiffer. “I would not discount that possibility.”

The “I” word was used again later in the day by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest. Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee told Fox News Sunday that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) “made it clear that impeachment is absolutely on the table for House Republicans.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) really wanted to talk about the House lawsuit and possibility of impeachment on CNN. After the end of an appearance on State of the Union on foreign policy crises around the globe, Pelosi had a sad because she didn’t get a chance to talk about the false narrative Democrats are trying to set.

Here’s the Republican presidential contender who could be a complete nightmare for Democrats

Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) outreach efforts to millennials and minorities as well as his focus on issues that aren’t typical of Republican politicians have not gone unnoticed by one of President Barack Obama’s closest political strategists.

White House advisor Dan Pfeiffer says that Paul, who is actively building up a campaign-like structure in early primary states, may be the biggest threat to Democrats’ hopes to keep the presidency in 2016:

Speaking to reporters, counselor to the president Dan Pfeiffer said the Kentucky Republican is “one of the most intriguing candidates” in the field because of his appeal to younger voters of both parties.

“He’s the only Republican I think who has articulated a message that is potentially appealing to younger Americans,” Pfeiffer said at a breakfast organized by the Christian Science Monitor. “Every other Republican running is basically just Romney-lite when it comes to younger Americans.” Rand has made reaching out to non-traditional voters a signature component of his political agenda, most recently delivering a speech Friday to the National Urban League.

Pfeiffer also noted that Paul faces a tough Republican primary, a preview of which has been offered by way of attacks from his likely opponents, including Texas Gov. Rick Perry and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who are trying weaken him before the 2016 horserace begins.

Today in Liberty: House to vote on Ryan budget, Second Amendment hero passes away

“Don’t hurt people, and don’t take their stuff. That’s it, in a nutshell. Everyone should be free to live their lives as they think best, free from meddling by politicians and government bureaucrats, as long as they don’t hurt other people, or take other people’s stuff.”Matt Kibbe

— White House suggests amendment to limit free speech: While Shaun McCutcheon was touting last week’s big win for the First Amendment, White House Adviser Dan Pfeiffer preached doom and gloom, suggesting that a constitutional amendment to limit free speech “may be the only option” to undo recent court rulings.

White House official: Obama will be an asset to Democrats

Dan Pfeiffer

The White House is desperately trying to spin numerous reports and poll numbers showing that President Barack Obama will be a drag on Democrats in the 2014 mid-term elections. In fact, Dan Pfeiffer, a White House advisor, appeared on Meet the Press last weekend and did his best Baghdad Bob impression, declaring that President Obama would be an asset.

“There’s no question that it’s a tough map for Democrats. That’s what happens when you win a lot of elections like we did in 2008,” Pfeiffer told host David Gregory. “But the good news is we have a lot of good candidates and, most importantly, we’re on the right side of the issue that matters most to the public — jobs and the economy.”

Actually, that’s not true, if you consider job approval ratings to a measure of what is or isn’t the “right side.” President Obama’s job approval rating on the economy is underwater by 15 points (41/56), according to the recent WSJ/NBC poll.

“Here’s what the President is going to do. He’s going to lay out the terms of the debate in this election as a choice between Democrats who support an agenda of opportunity for all [and] Republicans [who] support an agenda of opportunity for a few,” he said. “And let’s not forget this President wrote the book on running and winning modern campaigns. So we’re going to take all of our resources and help Democrats up and down the ballots.”

Memos reveal administration expects to fall short of enrollment goal

The disastrous Obamacare rollout and subsequent confusion that ensued very likely means that the Obama Administration will fall well short of its enrollment goals for October, the first month the insurance exchanges were open, according to memos obtained by ABC News.

Devin Dwyer of ABC News noted yesterday that there “are no bombshell revelations” in the memos, but they indicate that the administration will not come anywhere close to meeting the 494,620 enrollment goal for October, which was already a low-ball figure.

“It’s unclear is how many people succeeded in enrolling in new insurance plans through the online portal during October. As of Oct. 8, according to the memos, it was ‘700+ enrollments,’” reported Dwyer.

“As for paper applications: More than 11,000 have been received, but only 4,000 had been entered into the system as of Oct. 27. Of those, it’s not clear how many are completed and applicants officially enrolled,” the ABC News reporter noted. “Bottom line: it’s hard to see how the first-month totals come anywhere close to 500,000, or possibly even 50,000.”

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) has issued a subpoena to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to get the enrollment number after the agency’s director, Marilyn Tavenner, refused to provide them during a hearing last week. Tavenner told a Senate committee that CMS plans to release the numbers next week.

Obama bragged that he’s “really good at killing people”

How many Nobel Peace Prize winners have you never heard of brag about being “really good at killing people”? Granted, the history of the award is kind of checkered, with some questionable winners in the past.

But a new book, Double Down: Game Change 2012, reveals that President Barack Obama bragged about the drone strikes that he ordered in Pakistan, allegedly commenting that he’s “really good at killing people.”

White House officials have already denied some of the accounts in the book, though this particular allegation went without comment over the weekend. Dan Pfeiffer, a chief strategist for President Obama, did talk about the book during an appearance on ABC’s This Week.

“Well, look I haven’t read the book. So I don’t know all the details of it. There’s no question the first debate did not go as well as anyone would have hoped. But he bounced back in the second and the third. It took work to get there. It took work from the president and his team,” Pfeiffer told host George Stephanopoulos, who followed up with a question about leaks.

“[W]e are not the first White House to deal with leaks. Every White House has dealt with it. I think we have been more leak-free than most. And where we find them we try to stop them,” said Pfeiffer, adding that that President Obama is “always frustrated about leaks.”

“I haven’t talked to him about this book. I haven’t read it. He hasn’t read it. But he hates leaks. Everyone hates leaks. Because the point is we should be able to work together to get the American people’s work done,” said Pfeiffer after another follow-up. “I think anyone who leaks has to pay the price. I don’t know who leaked in that book.”

Cancer patient loses insurance because of Obamacare

Edie Littlefield Sundby

If you listen to President Barack Obama and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, the fact that millions people will lose their health insurance coverage will be forced to buy a plan is not a big deal.

After all, we’re only talking about 5% of the American public, as both Obama and Carney have put it. That’s faceless statistic that has little meaning to administration officials, politicians, and bureaucrats who’ve spent more than four years crafting the law and corresponding mandates and regulations.

But for many Americans, the changes they’re seeing in their health insurance coverage has very real consequences. In the case of Edie Littlefield Sundby, a stage-4 cancer patient, what Obamacare has done to her coverage could come at the expense of her life.

“Everyone now is clamoring about Affordable Care Act winners and losers. I am one of the losers,” wrote Sundby in an op-ed published last weekend at the Wall Street Journal.

“My grievance is not political; all my energies are directed to enjoying life and staying alive, and I have no time for politics. For almost seven years I have fought and survived stage-4 gallbladder cancer, with a five-year survival rate of less than 2% after diagnosis. I am a determined fighter and extremely lucky,” she continued. “But this luck may have just run out: My affordable, lifesaving medical insurance policy has been canceled effective Dec. 31.”

Sundby, who received notice of cancellation of her existing coverage in January, was happy with her insurance company, UnitedHealthcare, writing complimentary of their responsiveness to her condition and the availability of the claims office.

White House playing down Obamacare enrollment goal

Dan Pfeiffer

The Obama Administration initially set its Obamacare exchange enrollment goal at 7 million people, which, in June, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius called a “realistic goal.” But the problems with the federal Obamacare exchange, Healthcare.gov, has complicated things, and now the White House is trying to play down the desired enrollment numbers.

Dan Pfeiffer, a key White House strategist, appeared on ABC’s This Week on Sunday and compared the rollout of Obamacare to that of the Massachusetts healthcare law, which has become a familiar refrain from the White House in its efforts to deflect problems with the website. But George Stephanopoulos asked Pfeiffer whether the administration still expected to hit its goal.

“We saw that report, the internal notes showing only six people signed up on the first day. You’ve set out this goal that 7 million people will sign up by that first big deadline of March 31st,” noted Stephanopoulos. “Are you still committed to that goal? Are you going to reach that goal?”

“Well, that’s a goal that [Congressional Budget Office] said is what they thought would happen. Our goal is to get as many people done as possible. I can promise you that the first enrollment numbers, which were released later this month, are not going to be what we want them to be,” said Pfeiffer. “There’s no question about that.”

“The website hasn’t worked the way we want it to work. But we take responsibility for that, take responsibility for the errors, take responsibility for fixing it,” he added.

White House Advisor Schooled on Response to Scandals

Dan Pfeiffer

What happens when a senior White House official goes on a Sunday morning talk show and dimisses the scandals that have plauged the Obama Administration for the past week? He gets absolutely humiliated by the host.

During an appearance on Face the Nation, Dan Pfeiffer, a White House advisor, tried to play down the IRS and Benghazi scandals, telling host Bob Schieffer that the focus on the bad news is the “Republican playbook.”

“The point that our Chief of Staff is making is that this is the Republican playbook here, which is try, when they don’t have a positive agenda, try to drag Washington into a swamp of partisan fishing expeditions, trumped up hearings and false allegations,” Pfeiffer told Schieffer. “We’re not going to let that distract us and the President from actually doing the people’s work and fighting for the middle class.”

While he was quick to note that he doesn’t believe the IRS scandal doesn’t have the scope of Watergate, Schieffer noted that the White House’s response to the IRS scandal is very much in vain of Nixon. “You’re taking exactly the same line they did,” Schieffer recalled.

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