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Yeah, it's kinda hard to take these "scandals" seriously.

Benghazi -- Despite all the hysterics, no one is even alleging any wrongdoing. At worst, they're accusing the administration of not providing enough security (with 20/20 hindsight) and for spinning the facts afterwards, as if every administration doesn't spin bad news.

IRS -- In this one the IRS is basically being accused of doing its job, carefully vetting applications for non-profit tax exemptions from political groups. Tea party groups are politically partisan.

AP phone records -- This one's for real. It's an unprecedented, but legal, use of state power to seize journalists' phone records. But it's almost exactly the kind of thing the "Patriot Act" is for. This is a counter-terrorism case. And it's the work of the D.C. U.S. Attorney because Holder is a potential suspect in the leak investigation.


I agree with you for the most part. Benghazi is clearly a partisan BS trip, using a tragic event in a hail mary pass, desperately hoping to score. Revolting. The AP thing is the Justice Dept doing what it should do, and there's no reason to think there's a problem so far.

The IRS thing is where I have some concern. There does need to be an investigation, as the IRS should never be allowed to have even the hint of partisan abuse by the executive branch. There's zero evidence that is the case here. That said, I suspect the investigation will turn up very little, and in the end will be much ado about nothing. The potential is there, though, and it is important that it be investigated. I also suspect that many of these innocent sounding groups may not want a light shone on them or their backers. We'll see.
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