Paul Gordon Collier
Will the IRS Scandal be the most damaging for President Barack Obama? Here is a take from an ABC News Analyst, Trey Hardin, which suggests this might reach at least into the President’s inner circle. It should be noted that Trey Hardin is a known “conservative’ news analyst:
While appearing Tuesday on KABC’S morning show, “McIntyre in the Morning,” veteran ABC News analyst Trey Hardin dropped a bombshell when he said he is convinced that the IRS scandal emanates from the West Wing of the White House.
Hardin states his case with “with a very strong sense of certainty,” but does not offer any new information to support the claim:
“I will tell you this on the IRS front. I’ve worked in this town for over 20 years in the White House and on Capitol Hill and I can say with a very strong sense of certainty that there are people very close to this president that not only knew what the IRS were doing but authorized it.
It simply just does not happen at an agency level like that without political advisers likely in the West Wing certainly connected to the president’s ongoing campaign organization that didn’t know about it.”
The fact that almost 500 conservative, religious, and pro-Israel groups were affected during the 2012 election suggests that the IRS targeting was not the work of rogue agents, but a coordinated campaign effort by the Obama administration to hamper the ability of the President’s political opponents to oppose his re-election bid.
If you recall during the election, there were analysts who were noting the lack of Tea Party engagement in the process as compared to 2010. The inability of these groups to gain the non-profit status may have explained why the Tea party was not nearly as active in the 2012 election as they were in the 2010 election.
The efforts by the President to appear decisive in moving against the IRS Scandal suggest the White House might understand the seriousness of this particular scandal. The President was strong in his condemnation of the IRS and quickly moved to ask and receive the resignation of Steven Miller, the acting IRS Commissioner.
As the acting IRS Commissioner was already leaving in June, and is still not scheduled to leave until he was already scheduled to leave, the move by the President has lost much of its initial impact and may backfire on the President. The move may be seen by his critics as grandstanding and further evidence of his willingness to deceive the American people for political reasons, even as he calls on congress not to turn the IRS targeting of political opponents of the President into a political issue.
The question is how the American people will read the acts of the President last night in his 6:20 pm presser.
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