Why the IRS scandal is built to last

Why the IRS scandal is built to last

Of all the controversies swirling around the Obama White House, the Internal Revenue Service scandal seems likeliest to have the longest shelf life.

While the Benghazi affair has long been in the news, it’s never really taken off as an issue beyond the Republican base.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration’s position that national security considerations justified the Justice Department’s gathering of journalists’ phone records in a leak investigation may be enough to remove fuel from the outrage. Voters typically give presidents a wide berth when commanders in chief invoke national security, especially since Sept. 11.

But the IRS has a relationship with Americans that’s far from warm and fuzzy. Indeed, as the agency that enforces the nation’s tax laws, it’s the part of government Americans most love to hate.

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