July 14, 2013
This week’s disclosure does reveal that there was, in fact, a dedicated “Tea Party Coordinator” at the IRS, a position that had no analogue on the left.
What’s more, nothing the Democrats have brought forward explain why:
(1) Only 30 percent of groups with the word “progressive” received extra scrutiny — but 100 percent of groups with “tea party,” “patriot” or “9/12” in their name were subjected to invasive questioning.
(2) Agency officials have claimed in the past that “Tea Party” could mean “liberal” — if, indeed, liberal groups were on the BOLO lists as we’re now being told;
and again, the grandaddy of them all
(3) Why only conservative groups have been able to document harassment from the IRS.
When Democrats can bring forward lefty groups like all the conservatives who testified before Congress, that’s when their claims that the targeting was incompetent — and bipartisanly so — will begin to gain even a scintilla of credibility.