Is it also a coincidence that during the same time period, dozens of liberal organizations involved in political advocacy practically saw their applications fast-tracked?
Do you now want to pause and consider whether I'm exaggerating? Feel free, but be advised that USA Today, no conservative rag, reported that "as applications from conservative groups sat in limbo, groups with liberal-sounding names had their applications approved in as little as nine months."
But the IRS official responsible for granting the exemption status told reporters on a conference call that ideology was not involved. She said "progressive groups" were also selected for greater scrutiny based on their names.
But when asked to identify those groups, she demurred. "I don't have them off the top of my head," she said. Well, why not? Surely, she would have anticipated that such a question would be asked on the call.
IRS officials have attributed the agency's extra scrutiny on conservative groups to a spike in their applications over the past few years, but a just-released inspector general's report obliterates that excuse by revealing an even bigger spike in applications for tax-exempt status from labor organizations, which received no such scrutiny.
Now, with the Benghazi and Associated Press scandals raging, both President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have denounced the IRS' actions as "outrageous" and promised to hold those responsible to account. Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller has already been cashiered.
But President Obama looked more "flat-affect" than outraged and seemed to be far more distracted than engaged, let alone angry, during his news conference denouncing the agency's actions.
The administration wants us to believe that the two IRS employees in Cincinnati responsible for this wanton political discrimination were just "rogue" agents who became "overly aggressive."
Well, let me ask you: Do you think President Obama would consider such agents "rogue" -- as opposed to, say, "exemplary" -- had this scandal not been exposed?
Also, I seriously doubt that this was either isolated or accidental. I think we're just seeing the tip of the iceberg.