Lois Lerner. Hero. Servant. Brownie-baking puppy lover. Sister of the Blessed State.
This is about all a person reading Politico’s new exclusive “interview” with the former head of the I.R.S. division that oversees tax-exempt groups, might take away. “I didn’t do anything wrong” claims Lerner, who, like any innocent person, is flanked by a major law firm’s partner, two personal attorneys and her husband – a lawyer. “I’m proud of my career and the job I did for this country.” And in around 3,700 obsequious words, Politicoseems to agree.
What exactly did she do for her country, you ask? Well, sitting in her $2.5 million house in Bethesda, Maryland, this question, like most others, goes unanswered. But even before Lerner fails to respond to queries about corruption or cover-ups, the most obvious problem with the piece is the lack of perspective. A few very obvious things to remember:
Lerner is already guilty
It’s worth noting that this humble servant of the American people worked for an organization that – like many others in Washington after the election of Barack Obama in 2008 – found a renewed purpose. From fiscal 2009 to 2013, the IRS averaged around 3,500 criminal referrals a year, a 38.4 percent increase over the past administration, according to the Wall Street Journal. In 2013, the Justice Department prosecuted 30.6 percent more than in 2012 and the most it had since 1997.