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Over the weekend, interspersed between hysterical shrieking over Obama “losing Iraq” and more hysterical screeching over Bowe Bergdahl the traitor, yet another scandal managed to obsess the right-wing pundits across the TV spectrum: the case of the “missing” IRS emails. For those who haven’t been closely following this one, the basic elements are that in the wake of a bundle of confusing new rules governing tax-exempt political groups — and the proliferation of political groups in general — the IRS set forth a clumsy set of rules meant to scrutinize these groups to determine if they were eligible for tax-exempt status.
They used such keywords as “Tea Party,” “Progressive” and “Occupy” to trigger a second look at the applications. In the end, the only group denied such status was progressive but that hasn’t stopped the right wing from fulminating daily about this alleged political repression of average citizens and repeatedly subpoenaing IRS documents in a quest to prove that the White House directed the IRS to harass and intimidate the Tea Party.
Their delirium was stoked last Friday when the IRS revealed that despite the fact that they had located nearly 70,000 emails and would be turning them over to Congress, a computer crash had lost some of them from the period of 2009 to 2011. Chief IRS critic, Congressman Darrell Issa went ballistic. He said, “Do they really expect the American people to believe that, after having withheld these emails for a year, they’re just now realizing the most critical time period is missing? If there wasn’t nefarious conduct that went much higher than Lois Lerner in the IRS targeting scandal, why are they playing these games?”