May 14, 2013

IRS scandal grows, threatens to derail Benghazi scandal

Breitbart has a startling new twist on the IRS scandal - the IRS has been sharing it's dirt on conservative groups with a progressive group.  No kidding
The progressive-leaning investigative journalism group ProPublica says the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) office that targeted and harassed conservative tax-exempt groups during the 2012 election cycle gave the progressive group nine confidential applications of conservative groups whose tax-exempt status was pending. 
The commendable admission lends further evidence to the lengths the IRS went during an election cycle to silence tea party and limited government voices.
So the scandal grows. Unexpectedly.

I've always thought this White House was highly incompetent. But is that what's driving this - incompetence catching up with the president and his team?  Maybe. But isn't it odd that the IRS scandal - brought forth by a government agency, is now growing because a progressive group is strangely admitting they received information on conservative groups?  Why would they admit that, and why now?  Excuse me while I branch into a paranoid theory.  I don't necessarily think any of what I'm about to write is true, but I do think any of it is possible, and not highly improbable.

Similar to the IRS scandal, the Justice Department just admitted, suspiciously conveniently, that they were tapping the phone lines of the Associated Press.  Another scandal.  And one the press will lock onto with a vengeance since it affects them.  Why are the scandals popping up all at once unless they are being planted?  The timing is at a minimum, odd.

We've now got conservatives frothing mad because of the expanding IRS vs. Tea Party issue.  The media is about to go ballistic over the Justice Department versus AP scandal.  Everyone is conveniently distracted from the Benghazi scandal.  

Is it possible that the Benghazi scandal is going to be so damaging to the administration, and/or possibly Hillary Clinton, that the only way the White House feels they can contain the damage is to release other damaging information on itself as a diversion.  Use a scandal to distract from a worse scandal. The Benghazi issues might be deep. These other scandals might be deemed more containable.  

Now this would be a high risk tactic, but if someone's back is against the wall then it might be their best remaining option.  And even if it is a long shot, if it works, what are the consequences?

The IRS scandal and the Justice Department scandal may result in having to throw some bureaucrats under the bus, but that is a small price if it preserves Obama.  Or Hillary.  Even if Holder gets tossed, he's more expendable than either Obama or Clinton.  Perhaps with the right spin the top players can come out of this with a media narrative of truly being above the dirty politics - they can claim to have cleaned house.  That would serve Obama well.

On the other hand...

Is it possible that Clinton operatives are being used to throw Obama under the bus to preserve Clinton's chances in 2016?  After all, the scandals all are likely to damage Obama to varying degrees.  But what would be the most effective way to keep Clinton out of the news for as long as possible if the Benghazi scandal was THAT bad? How about an Obama impeachment? That would certainly overshadow 'anything Clinton', even if she was found to have played a role in the Benghazi situation.  And if Obama is tarnished she can always claim she was following his directions.  If it is being orchestrated by the Clintons, well - Wow. That would be as juicy as it would be frightening.

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