The popular saying is that lightning never strikes the same place twice. Science has shown that it’s quite the opposite, that places that have been struck tend to attract lightning bolts repeatedly.
The Obama Administration appears to be one of those places. Struck on Friday not only by an ABC report that shows conclusively that the Administration knew from the beginning of al-Qaida involvement in the Benghazi attacks, it then received a follow-up bolt from the BBC, whose North America Editor Mark Mardell publicly acknowledged that he now believes there has been an administration coverup.
Then, just to keep liberals hopping, came another bolt from a completely unexpected direction.
The IRS, out of the blue, apologized for targeting the Tea Party and other conservative groups applying for nonprofit status prior to last year’s election.
At the time the IRS harassment was going on, the Administration was its usual sweetness and innocent denials, even as conservative groups across the country were facing illegal demands from the IRS, such as being ordered to provide membership lists, names of speakers at meetings and notes about their topics.
Obama even made jokes publicly about using the IRS to target political enemies.
Lois Lerner, head of the IRS division that oversees nonprofit groups, said the IRS targeted dozens of groups whose names included the words “Tea Party” or “Patriots” for additional investigation.
“That was absolutely incorrect,” she said during a conference sponsored by the American Bar Association. “It was insensitive and it was inappropriate. That’s not how we go about selecting cases for further review. … The IRS would like to apologize for that.”
White House spokesman Jay Carney agreed that it was improper of the IRS to target conservative groups but said he didn’t know when the White House found out the Tea Party was being targeted.
My guess would be the day before the policy took effect.
But liberals are nothing if not clever creatures, being similar to rats in that regard. According to Lerner, the policy was begun by low-level IRS agents in Cincinnati led by IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman, who told a House Ways and Means Subcommittee in March 2012 that there was no political targeting. Shulman is a — wait for it — George Bush appointee.
So even when the IRS apologizes for illegally targeting Barack Obama’s political enemies in an election year for bureaucratic harassment, it’s still Bush’s fault. After all, it’s not like Obama’s in charge of his own Executive Branch, right?
Like I said, clever.
House Speaker John Boehner reacted to the IRS announcement: “The admission by the Obama administration that the Internal Revenue Service targeted political opponents echoes some of the most shameful abuses of government power in 20th century American history.”
Can’t argue with that. But remember it’s all Bush’s fault.