Blog Credo

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Friday, May 10, 2013

Your New Benghazi

Since Benghazi is turning into a joke... no wait, it was always a joke.  Please proceed, Governor.

Anyway, the problem with Benghazi is it is impossible to explain to a non-wingnut what the "scandal" is.  When I was teaching Whitewater to my class the other week, it was easy to explain: "The Clinton were accused of protecting a friend from regulators in exchange for sweetheart land deals."  There was no scandal in Whitewater.  No indictments beyond the people who worked with the McDougalls, but it was easy to understand.

What happened in Benghazi?  A tragedy, sure.  But what was the scandal?  That the situation was fluid and they wanted to keep information close to the vest?  Really?

But now Darrell Issa (R-Asshole) has something more juicy.

The IRS in Cincinnati had a bunch of applications for 501(c)(4) groups in 2009 onwards.  Basically all those disparate Tea Party groups filed for tax exempts status.  And so the IRS tried to consolidate the process and "mistakes were made".

But "Obama used the IRS to harass the Tea Party" is understandable.  It's still a non-scandal, but that hasn't stopped Issa before.

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