Rich Galen

The third piece of history this week was the vote on the floor of the U.S. Senate yesterday approving the Senate's version of immigration reform by a vote of 62-38. That was not quite the 70 votes supporters had hoped for, but it was well over the simple majority needed for final passage.

The immigration bill was hashed out by what has become known as the "Gang of Eight" and, with the addition of a last minute amendment to significantly strengthen border security by two additional Senators, made passage a foregone conclusion.

House Republicans led by Speaker John Boehner immediately said the Senate version was "dead on arrival."

Conservatives were angry again, and Barack Obama was absent from yet another key discussion.

In other developments, the Inspector General of the Treasury Department -- under which the Internal Revenue Service operates -- wrote a letter indicating that earlier claims of the IRS targeting groups with the word "progressive" (or some variant) in their names at the same rate as they were focusing on conservative groups was nonsense.

He wrote, according to the Huffington Post, that:

"His investigators found that of 298 applicants for tax-exempt status that the IRS flagged for possible political involvement between 2010 and 2012, six had "progress" or "progressive" in their names."

That is about 2 percent.

Liberal pundits were embarrassed at being misled by the Obama administration, conservatives were outraged by the Administration's cheap attempt to deflect the IRS story, and Barack Obama was once again missing from an important discussion.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at