Already Jumping the Shark

Snakes alive, are conservatives already in the process of jumping the shark on the “IRS scandal,” even before Democrats can finish duly registering their dismay at the improper nature of the IRS’ scrutiny of selected 501(c)(4)s and supporting calls for an investigation?

Could be. It sure looks like every failed 2012 presidential candidate is getting into the act with a fresh “angle” on the issue that makes it more impossible to talk about rationally. Here’s Newt Gingrich on Morning Joe linking today’s topic to–you guessed it–Obamacare!

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Monday said the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups could be a huge problem for President Barack Obama because the agency is central to his health care reform law.

“Obamacare relies very heavily on the IRS,” Gingrich said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “Now every American understands there are elements of the IRS that go off on their own, do what they want to….

“Why would you trust the bureaucracy with your health if you can’t trust the bureaucracy with your politics? … There are bureaucrats in the IRS who are capable of ruining your life while lying about it.”

He added, “I think the president has to say he is opening it up totally and demand everybody meet with Congress, go to the hearings. He is going to fire everybody he can legally fire who has been involved in this and they have got to look at changes. How can you put Obamacare under the Internal Revenue Service?”

Just a matter of hours, I’m sure, before Rick Santorum gets someone to interview him and goes off on the evil persecution of churches by the IRS for discharging their duty to announce from the pulpit the manifest Will of God that all secular-socialists (including all those many millions of fake “liberal Christians”) be driven from public office.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.