Watergate revisited: did Obama's tax officials at the IRS target Republicans?


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The Independent Online

George Will, one of the most influential columnists in America, isn't the first to find echoes of Watergate in the IRS scandal:

"Using the Internal Revenue Service for political purposes is a criminal offense. It remains to be discovered whether [Obama] is guilty of more than an amazingly convenient failure to superintend the excesses of... executive-branch employees beyond the Allegheny Mountains. Meanwhile, file this under ‘What a tangled web we weave’."

Over at the Daily Beast, Megan McArdle examines the evidence and concludes:

"This is hugely disturbing, and right now our focus should be on making sure it doesn’t happen again, not reforming the laws governing tax-exempt organizations."

Hard to disagree.