So far the facts of the three scandals facing the Obama administration do not tie President Obama himself to the scandalous acts. Since Republicans can't yet indict President Obama, they're shifting to indicting all of liberalism. The IRS scandal, in particular, they say, is what happens when you have big government. "This is rotten to the core. This is arrogance. This is big-government cronyism," Rep. Paul Ryan said onFox News Sunday. Ryan added, "We had a challenge in the campaign against empty rhetoric. Now the country is seeing what this kind of big unlimited government does in practice." If America had only voted for Paul Ryan for vice president, this would have never happened.… Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said something similar onMeet the Press, "What we’re talking about here is an attitude that the government knows best, the nanny state is here to tell us all what to do and if we start criticizing, you get targeted."
Conservatives bloggers are hunting for evidence to tie Obama closely to the scandals. The American Spectator reports that Obama met with the head of the IRS union the day before the Cincinnati field office began improperly targeting Tea Party groups. Breitbart News' Matthew Boyle reports that William Wilkins, the IRS's chief counsel, once "helped a church connected to" Jeremiah Wright, Obama's former preacher, with an investigation into its tax-exempt status. The Wall Street Journal's Kimberly Strassel argues that Obama told the IRS agents what to do by giving speeches.
McConnell strung together some of these ideas in his Meet the Press interview. "Actually, there is a culture of intimidation throughout the administration," he said. "The head of the union at the IRS gives 99 percent of her campaign money to Democrats. She openly criticizes the Republican House for trying to reduce government spending and has specifically targeted Tea Party groups in her public comments. It’s no wonder that the agents and the IRS sort of get the message."
Mr. Obama didn’t need to pick up the phone. All he needed to do was exactly what he did do, in full view, for three years: Publicly suggest that conservative political groups were engaged in nefarious deeds; publicly call out by name political opponents whom he’d like to see harassed; and publicly have his party pressure the IRS to take action.
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A story in the Washington Post yesterday about the Internal Revenue Service’s Cincinnati office, which does most of the agency’s nonprofit auditing, clearly contradicted earlier reports that the agency’s targeting of Tea Party groups was the result of rogue agents.
The Post story anonymously quoted a staffer in Cincinnati as saying they only operate on directives from headquarters:
As could be expected, the folks in the determinations unit on Main Street have had trouble concentrating this week. Number crunchers, whose work is nonpolitical, don’t necessarily enjoy the spotlight, especially when the media and the public assume they’re engaged in partisan villainy.
“We’re not political,’’ said one determinations staffer in khakis as he left work late Tuesday afternoon. “We people on the local level are doing what we are supposed to do. . . . That’s why there are so many people here who are flustered. Everything comes from the top. We don’t have any authority to make those decisions without someone signing off on them. There has to be a directive.”
The staff member, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of losing his job, said that the determinations unit is competent and without bias, that it grouped together conservative applications “for consistency’s sake” — so one application did not sail through while a similar one was held up in review. This consistency is paramount in the review of all applications, according to Ronald Ran, an estate-tax lawyer who worked for 37 years in the IRS’s Cincinnati office.