What would the reaction have been among Democrats if, during the administration of George W. Bush, the Senate's No. 3 Republican leader had spoken before The Heritage Foundation and publicly sicced the Internal Revenue Service on Democrats, urging it to harass them for raising campaign money according to the law?Ah, that again. The IRS was "already exposed for harassing conservative groups" wasn't it?
Make no mistake, Democrats would have called for that senator's resignation, urged the appointment of a special prosecutor and begun beating the drums for Mr. Bush's impeachment.
Yet, Sen. Chuck Schumer behaved in just that greasy manner last week. Speaking before the “progressive” Center for American Progress, the New York Democrat called on the IRS to promulgate new rules to effectively silence the tea party.
The law of the land be damned and all too willing to engage in an act of official oppression, Schumer now wants the IRS — already exposed for harassing conservative groups and openly being protected from criminal prosecution by the Justice Department — to ramp up its illegal behavior.
Not entirely. Remember this? Here's the important stuff Scaife's braintrust isn't telling it's readers:
Despite an admission by the I.R.S. that it inappropriately targeted conservative groups, by searching for groups with the words “Tea Party” or “Patriots” in their names, many legal experts and law enforcement officials say they do not believe that the scrutiny broke the law. Some members of Congress had called for the Justice Department to investigate the tax-collecting agency. The Wall Street Journal was the first to report Monday that criminal charges were unlikely.And what did Senator Schumer actually say about the IRS in his speech to the Center for American Progress? Take a look. There are exactly two mentions of the IRS and here they are:
I.R.S. documents show the agency gave the same scrutiny to some liberal groups, using the key words “Progressive” and “Occupy.”
Beyond issues, the third way we can constructively channel frustrations is to address the damage done by the Supreme Court’s Citizen United decision. One of the great advantages the Tea Party has is the huge holes in our campaign finance laws created this ill-advised decision. Obviously, the Tea Party elites gained extraordinary influence by being able to funnel millions of dollars into campaigns with ads that distort the truth and attack government.That's it. Somehow that last part became, to my friends on the braintrust, this:
This is not the place for a broad discussion of this issue, and it is clear that we will not pass anything legislatively as long as the House of Representatives is in Republican control, but there are many things that can be done administratively by the IRS and other government agencies – we must redouble those efforts immediately.
Tea Party members realize importance of this issue. In the recent budget negotiations House Republicans nearly blew up the entire agreement because we would not put in the bill a provision that would prevent the IRS from moving forward and administratively closing some of the Citizens United loopholes. [Emphasis added.]
[Schumer] called on the IRS to promulgate new rules to effectively silence the tea party.If closing those loopholes can be done "administratively" doesn't that mean those rules are already in place? And doesn't that mean that it was the House Republicans who wanted to "promulgate new rules" regarding the IRS?
To continue to say the IRS targeted conservative groups without also saying that it targeted liberal groups is a lie. To build any argument on that lie is to continue that lie.
To not inform your readers of the whole truth is a lie.
And that's vile.