Thursday, July 18, 2013
The IRS scandal: Getting to the point
At last the truth behind the IRS scandal begins to come out. It's looking more and more as if the agency's targeted harassment of conservative political groups was directed, orchestrated and controlled by its chief counsel - one of only two appointments to the IRS by the Obama administration. In other words, this wasn't an accident; it wasn't 'rogue bureaucrats' deciding for themselves what to do; it was deliberate targeting by the Federal government of political opponents of the administration.
Peggy Noonan has an excellent summary of the implications. In short, this appears to represent malfeasance of office, felonious conduct, and probably grounds for impeachment. It's at least as bad as Watergate - probably worse, because Watergate didn't involve the deliberate subversion of Federal agencies for partisan political purposes.
It's that serious.
The question is, will the investigation proceed to its logical conclusion, or die in a mire of partisan politics, bickering and deal-making?