In the end, Ms. Bosserman will more than likely conclude that there was a handful of employees out of the IRS’s Cincinnati office that led or conducted a witch hunt on their own. Maybe one or two will be fired, but no one will be prosecuted. Although Lois Lerner is smack in the middle of the investigation, she will not be indicted and prosecuted. According to newly released emails, she was in charge of coordinating the assault on the tea party and other conservative groups. Specifically stated in an email on June 14, 2012 where Lois Lerner was CC’d, the email states clearly that potential regulations of dealing with 501c4 groups were being discussed off plan. Therefore, as the track record with other scandals in this administration, because there is clear evidence of guilt, she will be protected at all cost.
For those who study their history, this investigation was much like the Watergate investigation in 1973. It too was bogged down. The committee investigating the Watergate Hotel break-in was getting nowhere. Many people refer to former Senator Howard Baker's famous question -- "What did the President know and when did he know it?" as the key comment of the Hearings.
But what broke open the Watergate Investigation and turned the tide of history was not any investigator or member of Congress. It was a White House staffer named Alexander Butterfield. During Butterfield's questioning by the committee, he made the off-handed comment that President Nixon taped all his conversations in the Oval Office. The Committee immediately requested those tapes. This was the "smoking gun" the committee had been looking for.
To put the icing on the cake, John Dean, the White House's chief counsel, turned on the president and assisted the committee in gathering enough evidence to proceed with Articles of Impeachment. The rest as they say is history.
Unlike Watergate, there won’t be a "smoking gun" that comes to light nor will a major player in the White House come forward. President Obama has the advantage of the unflinching loyalty of his staff, especially Attorney General Eric Holder. A loyalty, that if President Nixon possessed among his staff, it would have allowed him to serve the remainder of his term.
Should President Obama really be given the same celebration as President Washington or President Lincoln? Just by reflecting on the details of just one of the major scandals, which have plagued the current administration, it is not hard to conclude whether or not this president deserves merriment. The same goes with President Nixon, as we don't usually celebrate him as one of the stars of our political history.
While to some, Presidents Day might just be a reason to get off work or school, maybe it is time that America uses this day to analyze and reflect on whoever sits in the Oval Office and whether or not their actions one day will be ones that we remember as regretful or respectable.