Guy Benson

Behold, the inanity of knee-jerk Leftism:

On one hand, let's be fair here.  This video was shot in Boulder, Colorado, a hotbed of reflexive, unthinking liberalism.  I've had several enriching experiences at CU's annual Conference on World Affairs, but the intense leftward tilt of that campus and community isn't a secret.  Plus, finding a few dozen college students willing to sign a piece of paper thanking correct-thinking Group X for punishing wrong-thinking Group Y isn't exactly a heavy lift.  On the other hand, the signatory around the 30 second mark appears to be parroting explicit DNC talking points ("so-called scandals"), which seem to conflict with White House's narrative on the IRS affair -- which, in turn, has been a challenge to keep track of in its own right.  This video demonstrates id-fueled tribal politics at their worst.  We know we're not supposed to like the Tea Party for reasons that we can't articulate at the moment, so of course we support bad things happening to them.  Their votes count as much as yours, guys.  And the Obama campaign was exceptionally good at identifying them, and turning them out last November.  Fortunately, in this case, they represent a small minority of the public.  Most Americans strongly oppose the IRS' political targeting program and a majority views it as a "very important" scandal.

Incidentally, for those of you who live in the Mountain West, this video was shot and edited for the Western Conservative Summit, which is coming to Denver in late July.  The folks at the Centennial Institute have assembled a terrific line-up of speakers (if I do say so myself), and I'd love to see some of you there.

Guy Benson

Guy Benson is's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson. He is co-authors with Mary Katharine Ham for their new book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).

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