I know some of you are up-to-the-minute newshounds, while others are slower to the mark, like me. Once more, I’m playing catch-up on the last few days and shocked at how bad it is. Here’s my summary, for anyone else who might be “behind” like me.
On the IRS / Tea Party scandal, and mostly via HotAir:
- May 31 – IRS admits to Congress that as many as 88 employees may have been involved, in some documented way, with activities to target conservatives. Remember, the IRS previously said “a few low-level employees”.
- June 2 – Was the targeting deliberate and political? The “low-level employees” are testifying that it was.
- June 3 – But are they willing to say who ordered the targeting? No, they aren’t. (Fear of retribution? Or the classic culture of underlings who protect corrupt superiors?)
- June 4 – A Tea Party activist shows her face as an IRS victim. Her facts start at 1:20.
- Likewise a pro-life activist, who the IRS demanded to not engage in peaceful, lawful protests of Planned Parenthood.
- Did the IRS contribute to intimidation of conservative donors by illegally leaking their names? Seems that way. There’s an HRC, gay-marriage twist in it. Some detail appeared earlier here.
- Yet friendly Rep. Jim McDermott (D) manages to blame the victims.
But hey – At least a low-level (for real) Federal worker who committed fraud, got some just desserts.
Please feel free to add more stuff that I should be noticing, in the comments!
UPDATE: McDermott, still at it, wonders aloud if yesterday’s committee witnesses might have lied. At 3:21 he says, “People can say anything, and they do, before committees. But the fact is, we don’t know [it] to be true.”
And at MSNBC, Martin Bashir plays the RAYYYSIST! card. He calls the reaction against the IRS abuses part of, in his words, “the war against the black man in the White House.”
How low can these people go? I need something uplifting, now. Here it is, via Ace and The Right Scoop: Becky Gerritson reminding us what the Tea Party is about.