When I talked about the Truthification of Public Discourse I had people like John Podhoretz in mind. Facts simply don’t matter for these folks. The worst thing about the IRS scandal was that it was treated as a partisan scandal in the first place. No evidence has ever surfaced that anyone outside the IRS had any role in their screening process, and progressive organizations were flagged along with conservative organizations. In the end, despite some inexcusable delays, no conservative organizations were denied tax-exempt status. And that’s the real travesty.

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Martin Longman is the web editor for the Washington Monthly. See all his writing at ProgressPond.com