Before the November 2010 tsunami mid-term election Barack Obama told Latino voters in a radio interview to “Punish your enemies”. After the crap hit the fan over the remark (which was one of a few violence-oriented and divisive remarks Obama used during that election cycle) he tried to tamp down the fallout by playing word games in a follow-up Univision Radio interview.
Now remember, this man is supposed to be the leader of the free world where civility and tolerance of differing ideologies and political views are paramount. Yet, he and his administration, on several levels from the DOJ, to the DHS, to the EPA (etc.) have been used against his political opposition. The IRS scandal should not be discounted or overlooked in any way, according to Peggy Noonan…
But this scandal is different and distinctive. The abuse was systemic—from the sheer number of targets and the extent of each targeting we know many workers had to be involved, many higher-ups, multiple offices. It was ideological and partisan—only those presumed to be of one political view were targeted. It has a single unifying pattern: The most vivid abuses took place in the years leading up to the president’s 2012 re-election effort. And in the end several were trying to cover it all up, including the head of the IRS, who lied to Congress about it, and the head of the tax-exempt unit, Lois Lerner, who managed to lie even in her public acknowledgment of impropriety.
It wasn’t a one-off. It wasn’t a president losing his temper with some steel executives. There was no enemies list, unless you consider half the country to be your enemies.
It is considered a bit of a faux pas to point this out, but what we are talking about in part is a Democratic president, a largely Democratic professional administrative class in Washington, and an IRS whose workers belong to a union whose political action committee gave roughly 95% of its political contributions last year to Democrats.