As the scandals pile up (now the AP phone call tapping, IRS leak of private information, and the IRS scandal having spread to DC and CA) one can only hope that this headline:
EXCLUSIVE: HOUSE MAJORITY WHIP: ‘WE WILL INVESTIGATE’ IRS, BENGHAZI, AP SCANDALS
will expand to all the other crap that has not gotten the attention it’s deserved. Can we re-visit F&F? hmmm?
Yesterday Best of the Web took on the David Plouffe tweet
What IRS did dumb and wrong. Impt to note GOP groups flourished last 2 elections, overwhelming Ds. And they will use this to raise more $.
It’s curious indeed that Plouffe seems to have a very specific idea of what would constitute effectiveness, namely preventing Republican fundraising from “overwhelming Ds.” Even if his factual premise is accurate, however, it is possible that the IRS abuses were politically effective by some other measure.
That will be the next scandal. Organizations that closed up vs revealing their donors will be coming forward.
In the meantime the NYTimes prefers to look at the big IRS story as a story of how the IRS went after the little guys vs the big groups that really are abusing the system in a big way.
During the same period, the agency singled out dozens of Tea Party-inspired groups that had applied for I.R.S. recognition, officials acknowledged on Friday, subjecting them to rounds of detailed questioning about their political activities. None of those groups were big spenders on political advertising; most were local Tea Party organizations with shoestring budgets.
The I.R.S. has done little to regulate a flood of political spending by larger groups — like Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, co-founded by Mr. Rove, and Priorities USA, with close ties to President Obama — as well as Republican leaders in Congress and other elected officials. And an agency that is supposed to stay as far away from partisan politics as possible has been left in charge — almost by accident — of regulating a huge amount of election spending.
Yes, to the NYTimes the story is not the unethical, illegal, horrid story about how the IRS has been targeting conservative groups, but how the IRS should really be targeting BIG conservative groups (and we’ll throw in this one liberal group too, to be fair).
Ah yes, the NYTimes taking it’s talking points from Nancy Pelosi. These people have no shame.
John Podheretz has a nice rundown on the IRS news.