As Kyle has noted, President Obama announced the resignation (re:sacking) of Acting IRS Commissioner earlier tonight in the wake of revelations that the agency had been systemically targeting conservative organizations, particularly Tea Party organizaitons, seeking tax exempt status.
The question I have is will this and Attorney Eric Holder’s announcement yesterday that the Department of Justice is launching an investigation against the IRS be sufficient damage control?
Undoubtedly it won’t be for the GOP which will conduct its own investigations and for conservatives at large, many of whom were directly victimized by the acts of the IRS.
But what about the public at large? Will the launching of the DoJ investigation and the resignation of the IRS Commissioner be sufficient to mollify the public?
Of course, the IRS row isn’t the Obama Administration’s only problem. There’s still Benghazi and the DoJ investigation of the IRS could be compromised by its seizure of phone records of reporters and editors at the Associated Press. he cumulative effect of these scandals have created a perfect storm. But even a perfect storm passes.
The IRS scandal resonates with Americans in a way that Benghazi hasn’t and the AP scandal probably won’t. Most Americans don’t like the IRS to begin with so any impropriety they commit is going to hit a raw nerve.
Although four Americans were murdered on the Obama Administration’s watch in Benghazi, for most Americans it’s half a world away.
While Americans value a free press it doesn’t mean they like the media. And it doesn’t get more mainstream media than the AP. As much emnity conservatives have towards the Obama Administration, I wonder how far conservatives will go out on a limb for the AP.
It has undoubtedly been Barack Obama’s worst week as President. But a week in politics is a lifetime and I wonder how the public mood towards the Obama Administration will be in seven days from now.
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