Barack Obama says he is angry about the Internal Revenue Service singling out conservative and Tea Party groups for rough treatment, even though it may or may not have something to do with an anti-Muslim video.
He might want to check with Hillary again. There are so many scandals breaking over the White House that confusion is understandable.
Spokesman Jay Carney has gone to carrying a steel umbrella and wearing an Ironman suit, even though hip boots might be more apt. Between the Benghazi terror attack and coverup, the Justice Department’s seizure of Associated Press journalists’ phone records and its investigation of Fox News reporter James Rosen, plus the IRS’s authoritarian thuggishness and more scandals involving Obamacare, this stuff is getting deeper by the day.
Not everyone agrees that the IRS overstepped. So what if the agency targeted Billy Graham after he took out an ad defending marriage? So what if the IRS delayed and otherwise sabotaged applications from groups with “Tea Party” or “Patriot” in their names? So what if hundreds of conservative groups, from pro-lifers to people battling vote fraud, were treated badly?
MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell did not merely downplay the scandal; he made the IRS out to be as sincere and fair as the Dad in “Leave It to Beaver.”
“I do not believe what the IRS was reported to have been doing is an outrage,” O’Donnell said. “I believe that the IRS agents in this case did nothing wrong. Let me say it again, you won’t hear it anywhere else.” Could that be because, judging by his denial of irrefutable evidence of wrongdoing, he just did a swan dive off the Cliffs of Insanity?
Let’s let Mr. O’Donnell finish: “The IRS agents did nothing wrong. They were simply trying to enforce the law as the IRS has understood it since 1959.” Does that include demanding Facebook postings, a list of publications and donors’ names, delaying tax status for some groups for more than two years, and leaking confidential tax information to rival political organizations? For instance, just how did the homosexual advocacy group Human Rights Campaign wind up with tax data from the National Organization for Marriage?
As the Wall Street Journal notes, “The Human Rights Campaign says it obtained the return from ‘whistleblowers', but leaking confidential tax information is a crime.”
I can’t imagine that the White House wants desperately to find out who did the deed. Maybe they do. In the movies, the bad guys almost always deal ruthlessly with incompetents who embarrass them. “You have failed me for the last time...bang!”