The mainstream media has finally caught on that the IRS scandal was yet another Republican scam. PoliticusUSA reported this nearly two months ago, but the The New York Times has come to the revelation that many other groups were targeted besides conservatives. The point that the mainstream media is finally realizing is that the IRS targeting wasn’t political. The entire picture painted by the documents related to the investigation reveals that, “progressive organizations, medical marijuana purveyors, organizations formed to carry out President Obama’s health care law, and open source software developers” were also targeted because they were suspected by the IRS of being for profit organizations.
While House Republicans have vowed to ease on down this scandal road to nowhere, Republican Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) told the Times that, “Presidents have always been very careful about maintaining the appearance of keeping hands off the IRS. 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.”
“May have been a lot more to it” is the best admission that the rest of the country is going to get from a Republican that there is nothing to this scandal. There was no conservative targeting for political purposes. President Obama wasn’t masterminding a scheme. There was no scandal at all.
An unintended consequence of the Republican attacks on the IRS has been that they have shined a big spotlight on their own dark money activities. People are now finding out that these conservative groups have been committing perjury by lying to IRS on a regular basis about their partisan political activities in order to avoid paying taxes.
The Republican planned summer of Obama scandals has sputtered and died. House Republicans will continue to chase their own tails on Benghazi and the IRS, but Blunt’s comments illustrate that a large majority of the Senate has no interest in pursuing bogus Obama scandals.
It looks like some parts of the mainstream media might be starting to figure out that the Republican strategy is to lie to them on a daily basis. Even full awareness of the GOP’s strategy won’t stop the press from reporting their lies as facts, but maybe they’ll actually ask a question or two before they pass off cooked up scandals and talking points as facts.
Roy Blunt will never ever be mistaken for a supporter of President Obama. He is the author of the infamous Blunt Amendment that would have given employers the right to decide if women can have access to birth control through their health insurance. This guy is a far right Republican, and even he is trying to get his own party to back away from the IRS conspiracy nonsense.
Sen. Blunt mostly admitted what the rest his own party won’t. The Obama led IRS scandal/conspiracy is dead.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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