BY WILLIAM F. GAVIN
As we reach the end of Phase One of the IRS scandals, the situation looks roughly like this (I say roughly because things change quickly): a bi-partisan majority condemns the IRS, and President Obama has stated his own condemnation. The White House, through spokesman Jay Carney, says that neither the President nor any White House official knew anything about the persecution of conservatives while it was going on. The IRS says the wrongdoing was not partisan in nature, but the result of carelessness, incompetence, and lack of supervision by superiors.
I think that last point is going to be key to Phase Two, when investigations start to take place. If indeed this possible (and I think very probable) violation of civil rights was not directed by administration officials, then what we have here (so goes the argument), awful as it is, cannot be blamed on the administration or specifically on the President. Continue reading