No one is buying the IRS’ excuse that it “lost” the critical two years of Lois Lerner’s emails. On CNN today, the network’s John King, AP’s Julie Pace and Politico’s Manu Raju all express skepticism over the tale.

King opens with a flippant question set: “Do you believe in the Easter Bunny? Do you believe in Santa Claus? Do you believe that Lois Lerner’s emails suddenly went poof?”

None of the three believe that. Pace says, “There is nothing good about the way this had been handled?”

None of the three reporters express outrage that the administration is lying to them and the rest of us. They seem bemused, if anything.

Pace is wrong that there is nothing good in the way the email scandal piled on top of the IRS scandal has been handled. The depends on one’s point of view. Lerner is at the center of the targeting scandal. She may well have been its point person. President Obama has said that there isn’t any evidence of corruption. That’s an interesting word to use, isn’t it?

The Obama administration delayed and delayed and bought itself a year to track down Lerner’s emails to anyone outside the IRS and destroy them. It also had a year to get to anyone in a position to know and make them offers they could not refuse in exchange for their silence. Or just make sure that they’re loyal Democrats. Now that those jobs are done, the IRS tells Congress, “Sorry about the hard drive crash!”

The emails were never subject to a local hard drive crash. Redundant copies of them were kept on servers at multiple federal agencies. That excuse is transparently dishonest and cynical.

This criminal administration has handled itself like seasoned criminal professionals. For them, it’s all going fairly well. They will ride this delaying tactic all the way out to January 2017.