But according to the NYTimes, its just an issue that is going to give the GOP more traction in it’s vendetta against this administration.
House Republicans have vowed to begin their own hearings and investigations. And Republicans fanned out on the political talk shows on Sunday to express outrage that is only likely to grow. Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine and a prominent moderate, said on CNN that the singling out of conservative groups was “absolutely chilling.”
Since last year’s elections, Republicans in Congress have struggled for traction on their legislative efforts, torn between conservatives who drove the agenda after their 2010 landslide and new voices counseling a shift in course to reflect President Obama’s re-election and the loss of Republican seats in the House and the Senate.
But the accusations of I.R.S. abuse are sure to fuel an effort that appears to be uniting dispirited Republicans and their conservative political base: investigating Mr. Obama and his administration. Republicans are pushing a portrayal of an administration overreaching its authority and punishing its enemies.
Wouldn’t it be nice if the NYTimes had enough imagination to think how they might write a news story as if it were news and not just some twist on the left being attacked by the right?
They even manage to mention Fast and Furious and Benghazi in this story on the IRS. Why? Because those are just other vendettas not actual news stories.
Republicans got little political traction last year when they highlighted the “Fast and Furious” operation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, in which guns that were supposed to be tracked by the agency were instead lost to drug cartels in Mexico.
But the Republican focus on attacks on United States officials in Benghazi, Libya, got new life last week when Gregory Hicks, a State Department critic of the military’s response, told a House committee that he had been effectively demoted after lodging his criticism.