It has been a bad week for Obama.
First, some mid-level bureaucrat at the IRS broke the universal rule and admitted that the IRS had pressured Tea Party groups in 2012. Here is the rule: “Never admit anything until you’re plea bargaining.”
Using the IRS to threaten political enemies? Shocking! This led to an invidious comparison: that was what Nixon did. There is no greater condemnation inside the Washington Beltway.
It turns out that the IRS even leaked news in 2012 to a leftist political group regarding which Tea Party outfits were under investigation. Illegal? Of course.
Second, the Justice Department tapped the phones of about 100 journalists with the Associated Press. This crossed the liberal media’s line in the sand: “Don’t do to us what you do to the public.” This action by the Justice Department led to comparisons with George W. Bush, which is second in ignominy only to “that’s what Nixon did.”
Meanwhile, the Republicans in the House have gone into high gear on Benghazi. There is evidence of White House spin in the hours after the attack, and also a bureaucratic cover-up.
Tom Brokaw said it best: “Welcome to the second term, Mr. President.”
In Washington, any sign of weakness is like blood in the water. It attracts sharks. The liberal media get aroused by any trace of defense.
This means that Obama will have trouble getting any new legislation passed that is not part of Boehner’s agenda.
This would be good news for Hillary, except that she is now the target on an inquiry. The media would be able to bury this, except that it is part of a package deal: the IRS and the phone taps.