There is an immediate political reason why it is important to deny that the IRS abuses had any political effect: If they did have a political effect, then the question becomes whether that effect was sufficient to change the outcome of the 2012 election. That is to say, unless Plouffe’s denial is true, the very legitimacy of the president’s re-election is in doubt.
I’d say this is a big deal, but quite frankly there have been so many scandals that ought to have been recognized as a big deal – but weren’t (yawn) – that I can only wait and see if this is going to be Important.
The Wall Street Journal seems to report on lots of things nobody else cares about.
Also from the Best of the Web (and also creepy): a widely unpopular organization may have a legitimate complaint – but will anyone outside the WSJ care?
Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today renewed its demand that the Internal Revenue Service reveal the identity of the employee or employees responsible for stealing the organization’s confidential Form 990 tax return and leaking it to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). At the time of the theft, the HRC had long-sought to know the identity of NOM’s major donors and its chief executive was a co-chair of President Obama’s reelection campaign. The Form 990 that was leaked to the HRC contained the identity of numerous major donors to the organization.
“There is little question that one or more employees at the IRS stole our confidential tax return and leaked it to our political enemies, in violation of federal law,” said Brian Brown, NOM’s president. “The only questions are who did it, and whether there was any knowledge or coordination between people in the White House, the Obama reelection campaign and the Human Rights Campaign. We and the American people deserve answers.”