If you want a sign of the genuine grassroots conservative zeitgeist at the moment, don’t listen to blind-quote assurances in the MSM that Republicans have Scandalmania ’13 “under control” and won’t let the this turn into a rerun of the counterproductive effort to drive Bill Clinton from office. Instead, check out this report about yesterday’s Tea Party protest against the IRS at the Georgia State Capitol, from local radio station WABE:

The message of the day was clear – keep investigating and find out if the White House applied political pressure.

“Little people didn’t do this stuff, it comes from the top,” said protestor Janice Faircloth of Coweta County.

Several top IRS officials have already resigned and congressional hearings are ongoing. President Obama has denied any involvement or knowledge of the targeting as it was happening.

Meanwhile, Attorney General Eric Holder last week ordered a separate probe to investigate whether laws were broken.

But protestors like Henry Ashmore of Newnan said they were skeptical of Holder’s independence.

“We need a special prosecutor because I don’t think Holder will get to the bottom of this. I don’t trust him as far as I can throw him.”

Many at the event spoke in broader political terms, saying the scandal represented a federal government run amok.

Bob Barr, the former Georgia congressman who is now once again running for office, painted a dark picture.

“The deep-seated systemic corruption that has infested not just this administration but so many in Washington, that’s why we need change in Washington.”

Barr referred to himself as an “impeachment manager.” While in Congress, Barr led efforts to impeach President Clinton. He vowed to pursue the scandal “like a bulldog” if elected back to Congress.

Yep. After years of trying to live down his role in the Clinton impeachment saga, Bob Barr, engaged in a more-conservative-than-thou primary fight to succeed Senate candidate Phil Gingrey in the House, now finds that it’s once again a positive credential. After all, if you want to impeach Barack Obama, why not hire a guy with the relevant experience?

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.