Emmett Tyrrell

WASHINGTON -- Where are we now in this morass of Obama administration scandals? We have the Associated Press imbroglio. We have the Benghazi imbroglio. We have the I.R.S. imbroglio. Well, a synonym for imbroglio is confusion, and in all the above cases replace the word "imbroglio" with the word "confusion" and you will get a hint of where I am going. We have one massive cloud of confusion, and that is exactly what this embattled administration wants. They think that if an event can be brought to confusion, at some point the journalists and the general public will throw up their hands and agree that it is just too difficult to penetrate. Perhaps the Nixon Administration was hoping for such an outcome back in 1972.

There is indeed a lot of confusion shrouding these three scandals. Possibly the White House is right, people will throw up their hands and forget about the journalists' records that were subpoenaed, the lives that were lost at Benghazi or the conservatives who saw their 501(c)(4)s held up for years, sometimes indefinitely. Yet I tend to doubt this. There are too many citizens in and out of government and too many military personnel who are indignant. For that matter, there are too many citizens in and out of government and the military who fear they might be thrown to the dogs by this White House. Some among them are getting lawyers. Others are bringing their stories to the press. Moreover, there are the aggrieved members of the Tea Party movement.

The other day one person in the press began asking simple questions. He is Jeff Lord of The American Spectator. He asked, on our website, what Colleen Kelley, the head of the National Treasury Employees Union, was doing at the White House at 12:30 PM on March 31, 2010? Did she talk with anyone there? Did she talk with the president? The helpful note on the White House visitors log indicates that she at least met him. Surely it is a tantalizing detail that the I.R.S.'s harassment of conservatives began shortly after her rendezvous at the White House. Now the White House spokesman, that irritable little lout Jay Carney, says she was just there for a function of some sort. So she talked with no one? That is improbable, and by the way her union is militantly anti-Tea Party and pro-Obama.

Lord is very busy answering telephone calls and emails from the public and most interestingly, from former I.R.S. employees. How many calls has he received from people in government and the military who are fearful for their careers?

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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