The White House’s story is that rogue agents at the IRS’s office in Cincinnati were responsible for intimidating Tea Party political education organizations in 2011 and 2012.
The phrase “rogue agents” means independent agents. That means “who could have foreseen this?” agents.
The White House wants us to think of these rogue agents as the people who attacked our facility in Benghazi.
Better yet, we are expected to think of them as the jail keepers at Abu Ghraib prison.
A recent Washington Post story quotes an unnamed agent in that office as saying that instructions came from the top.
Which top? How high?
This is Abu Ghraib in Cincinnati. The goal of the White House today is just what Bush’s White House strategy was in 2004 when the Abu Ghraib photos started circulating: (1) to keep all of them from circulating; (2) to lay the blame on no one higher than a sergeant.
The higher the top was, the closer it gets to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
The Republicans will do their best to trace the top to inside the West Wing. The Democrats will try to contain the chain of command to Cincinnati — and preferably middle management.
Will containment work? That’s a major political question. It’s right up there with the question of containment on Holder’s Justice Department and the Associated Press.
Holder beat “Fast and Furious.” Will he beat the AP policy?
The press corps had no skin in the game with “Fast and Furious.” It does with the AP scandal. “There, but for the grace of Holder, go I.”