It didn’t require nasty emails from Lois Lerner to establish that the IRS targeted conservative groups for harassment. The numerical disparity in the IRS’s treatment of conservative vs. liberal groups makes the case.
107 conservative groups were scrutinized. They were asked an average of 15 questions and approved at a rate of 46 percent. Only seven liberal groups were scrutinized. They were asked an average of less than five questions. All seven were approved.
Nonetheless, we now have the nasty emails and they confirm what the numbers proved.
Most of the attention will be on Lerner’s use of an obscenity to describe conservative talk show hosts and their callers. But more telling is her claim that such conservative activists will do the work of “alien terrorists” and take America down, and that because of them America may be “through.”
An IRS bigwig might well view a group’s members as holes yet still choose not to harass the group. But if she believes the group is going to take America down, she will likely consider it her duty to get in its way.
And, again, the numbers show that conservative groups were singled out for particular harassment.
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