From the Wall Street Journal: “Christie and the IRS.”
Now that we have your attention, allow us to explain. Governor Chris Christie apologized to New Jersey on Thursday for aides who closed traffic lanes in order to punish a Democratic mayor, and he fired a deputy chief of staff. We mention the IRS because Mr. Christie’s contrition contrasts so sharply with President Obama’s handling of the tax agency’s abuse of political opponents and his reluctance to fire anyone other than a military general for anything.
Which brings us to the Obama Administration, which quickly leaked to the media that the U.S. Attorney is investigating the lane closures as a criminal matter. Well, that sure was fast, and nice of Eric Holder’s Justice Department to show its typical discretion when investigating political opponents.
This is the same Administration that won’t tell Congress what resources it is devoting to the IRS probe, and appears to be slow-rolling it. It has also doubled down by expanding the political vetting of 501(c)(4) groups seeking tax-exempt status. Lois Lerner, who ran the IRS tax-exempt shop and took the Fifth before Congress, was allowed to “retire,” presumably with a pension. Acting IRS commissioner Steven Miller resigned under pressure but no other heads have rolled. Yet compared to using the IRS against political opponents during an election campaign, closing traffic lanes for four days is jaywalking.
We raise this mostly because our media friends have been complicit in dismissing the IRS abuses, and for that matter every other legal abuse during the Obama years.
I wholeheartedly agree with the comparison between the Justice Department’s and media’s treatment of the Christie bridge affair versus the Obama Administration’s use of the IRS as a political weapon.
If Eric Holder takes one more step toward the bridge, before providing substantive indictments in the IRS crime, he should be immediately impeached—talk about skewed priorities!
This, however, is also why Christie should never come near the White House. As New Jersey Governor he and his team could sic the Port Authority on a political rival. He dare not get the power to use the IRS in a similar way—same evil, different level.