The Worm Turns in the IRS Scandal

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Steve Benen reports today that the IRS scandal might be changing gears. In the beginning, it was supposedly about a lawless agency targeting conservative groups at the behest of a thuggish Democratic president. That charge has pretty much crumbled away. But now the worm is turning, and the scandal is about a lawless inspector general, appointed by a hyperpartisan Republican president, who has deliberately misled Congress about IRS activities.

Wouldn’t it be sweet if things turned out that way? And it couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy than Darrell Issa. Keep your fingers crossed.

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