Short of a Phone Call

Monday, May 20, 2013

In her aptly-named "Potomac Watch" column in The Wall Street Journal (via HBL), Kimberly Strassel makes some astute observations about the targeting of conservatives for scrutiny by the IRS under Barack Obama:

Mr. Obama now professes shock and outrage that bureaucrats at the IRS did exactly what the president of the United States said was the right and honorable thing to do. "He put a target on our backs, and he's now going to blame the people who are shooting at us?" asks Idaho businessman and longtime Republican donor Frank VanderSloot.
Later, noting that, "The president didn't need a telephone; he had a megaphone," Strassel elaborates on how Obama targeted conservative groups:
The president derided "tea baggers." Vice President Joe Biden compared them to "terrorists." In more than a dozen speeches Mr. Obama raised the specter that these groups represented nefarious interests that were perverting elections. "Nobody knows who's paying for these ads," he warned. "We don't know where this money is coming from," he intoned.

In case the IRS missed his point, he raised the threat of illegality: "All around this country there are groups with harmless-sounding names like Americans for Prosperity, who are running millions of dollars of ads against Democratic candidates . . . And they don't have to say who exactly the Americans for Prosperity are. You don't know if it's a foreign-controlled corporation."
Read the whole thing.

-- CAV

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