“There is“, writes Gabriel Malor at Ace of Spades,
. . . a fundamental disconnect between the White House’s actions and the White House’s words on the IRS scandal. The White House has repeatedly claimed that the President is “outraged” over the targeting — but there are surprisingly few actual consequences for outraging the leader of the free world. One of the folks involved in harassing conservatives got a promotion. Another got several thousands of dollars in bonuses. Even the thought of legal consequences is tossed aside as “irrelevant.”
The president’s outrage coincides with the story of the IRS scandal hitting the headlines. Interestingly, as Jonah Goldberg observed on Friday, when people the president “views as his ‘enemies’” first “complained about a politicized IRS, what did he do? Nothing.”
If Obama were truly outraged by the targeting, he would have ordered the IRS to investigate as soon as the first reports became public. And would use stronger terms than he has. He would be ordering the Treasury Secretary not just to hold “those responsible for these failures accountable”, but would also be making clear that those responsible could lose their jobs — and face prosecution.
To note, as per Jonah’s point, the president didn’t ask the immediate past Treasury Secretary to take action when the story first came to light. Nor has he specified how those responsible would be held accountable.
Doesn’t seem like the consequences will be very severe.