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    I think you're mistaken if you think that standing up to the Obama administration's "abuses" of these powers (if that's what happened) will prevent a future administration, particularly a Republican administration from abusing them.

    This is what I see as the problem here.  As Democrats, we're inclined to take this seriously and to punish any wrongdoing we may find because we don't want agencies like the IRS to be corrupted for political ends.  The Republicans will join the call in this particular case because it suits their current political objectives.  So if wrongdoing did occur, Republicans will scream bloody murder about it, and Democrats will soberly agree that they have a point.

    Of course, when the shoe is on the other foot, the Republicans will deny any wrongdoing whatsoever, obstruct any investigation, and refuse to hold anyone accountable.  (See John Perr's recent FP article on how they handle scandals.)  Unlike the Republicans, Democrats won't press the issue, and Republicans will get away with whatever the hell shenanigans they might have engaged in.

    So for the Republicans, this is a "heads I win, tails you lose" situation.  They'll cry scandal, and Democrats will obediently agree with them.  And for being "better" than the Republicans, we'll be rewarded with endless negative ads and probably a loss of seats in 2014.

    "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

    by FogCityJohn on Mon May 13, 2013 at 09:53:34 PM PDT

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    •  That's pretty much what happened to the office of (1+ / 0-)
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      "Special Prosecutor", during the Clinton admin.

      So now the IRS has been debased too (it went after left leaning groups during Bush 43) and is just a tool for political jabs at the other side.

      Great. Proud to be an American.

      You're right. If Obama hands down consequences to IRS personnel it will be "proof" in future elections that the Obama admin was corrupt. That is the level of analysis we can expect from the half of the electorate that believes what they hear on TV or read in the WSJ.

      Reaganomics noun pl: belief that government is bad, that it can increase revenue by decreasing revenue, and unregulated capitalism can provide unlimited goods for unlimited people on a planet with finite resources.

      by FrY10cK on Tue May 14, 2013 at 05:33:52 AM PDT

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