How much trouble are Obama and the Democrats in with the IRS scandal? Judging by the media inattention, not much. Dallas News editorial writer Mike Hashimoto finds evidence that something interesting might have transpired in the House Oversight Committee hearing last week, but can’t find any evidence of it in the AP story carried by his own paper.
I share Hashimoto’s pain. Having stumbled onto Wolf Blitzer’s account of the doings before the committee on CNN last week, I was assured that all is well. Hashimoto declares himself stumped: “It’s as if our story (the AP version) exists in a parallel universe from what would seem to be the bigger news.” In the alternative, he speculates: “[M]aybe the whole IRS thing never happened.”
If you get your news from the likes of the AP or CNN, both of the alternatives offered up by Hashimoto are plausible. If you caught the hearing, however, you know that Hashimoto hasn’t exhausted the possibilities. According to ranking member Elijah Cummings and his Democratic colleagues, there is indeed a scandal at the IRS — in the person of Inspector General Russell George, who cracked open the door on the the IRS Pandora’s box.
Over at NRO, Eliana Johnson exposes the Democrats’ assault on George essentially as a fabrication. Cummings is a complete and utter tool. The assault on George is an act of bad faith so transparent that it should make those who are awake and alert highly suspicious that the scandal trail leads deep within the White House. Please check out Eliana’s piece and attend to the details.