The Obama Administration, which includes the Internal Revenue Service, has taken to the offensive to divert, delay explain, deny, and plead ignorance about the series of “scandals” which have pierced it in the past 7 days. It is the right political thing to do and the type of tactics used by all politicians and governments caught perpetrating bad conduct.
All scandals need an immediate scapegoat. In the most egregious act of misconduct, the case of the targeting of conservative political organizations through Gestapo tax tactics, the first to blame is the acting Commissioner of the IRS, Mr. Steven Miller.
He was fired yesterday and rightly so. Someone’s head had to roll and his was the most convenient. It was a no brainer, not an act of political courage. However, the best effect of having a scapegoat is the person acts like a magnet to attract attention, divert “suspicion” from other perhaps equally culpable people and it makes the “firer” look like they are doing something. Of, course, in conjunction with a public lynching are the usual promises that things will be fixed now.
I sense the Administration knows that it has crossed the line in the IRS case. I do not know where it will lead. However, if it leads to any political arm of the President, it will indeed be quite serious.
The President in a kind of stilted brief appearance last night said he was angry. Whoa, angry. The President does not do angry well as real anger to be believable and sincere has to carry an air of conviction, emotion. The President may be angry but it is not about having the rousting of the tea party.
Well, lots of people are angry. Angry about no jobs, angry about $17 trillion in national debt, angry for having their telephone calls monitored, grieving over sons lost in the desert due to malfeasance and angry about being blamed and abused for standing up for their beliefs. There is plenty of angry to go around here.