So-called IRS scandal evaporates into nothing
Steve Benen NAILS IT:
I’m afraid I have some good news and some bad news for conservatives who’ve been so heavily invested in the IRS “scandal.” The good news is, there are some important new revelations about how the tax agency responded to groups seeking tax-exempt status. The bad news, the details reinforce the fact that literally all of the right’s allegations have been discredited.
[T]he political controversy that was already deteriorating quickly is now over. Every single political player — congressional Republicans, pundits, activists, et al — who said conservatives were targeted for partisan/ideological mistreatment was wrong. That’s simply not what happened.
GOP officials and commentators said conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status were singled out for excessive IRS scrutiny. That’s wrong. Republicans said conservative groups faced delays that liberal groups didn’t have to endure. That;s wrong. Republicans said President Obama’s critics were unfairly targeted. As the NYT reports today, that’s wrong, too.
So where are the political world’s apologies for having spent six weeks manufacturing a scandal for the public based on nothing?
For what it’s worth, GOP lawmakers appear to be giving up.
“We haven’t proved political motivation,” said Representative Charles Boustany Jr., a Louisiana Republican who, as the chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight, is leading one inquiry.
Senator Roy Blunt, Republican of Missouri, said that in retrospect, suggestions that Mr. Obama had orchestrated an I.R.S. attack on his political enemies were unwarranted.
“Presidents have always been very careful about maintaining the appearance of keeping hands off the I.R.S.,” he said. “I don’t have any reason to believe there wasn’t targeting of conservatives, but it might well have been a lot more than that as well.”
I guess we’ll be hearing more about Benghazi again, then?