This is important, because there is a reason:
This morning on “This Week,” White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on “This Week” that the legality surrounding the targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue service is “irrelevant,” but called the behavior “inexcusable.”
“I can’t speak to the law here. The law is irrelevant. The activity was outrageous and inexcusable, and it was stopped and it needs to be fixed so we ensure it never happens again,” Pfeiffer said.
What Pfeiffer is trying to do here is to establish the concept that maybe what the IRS did wasn’t illegal, and thus it’s enough to simply fix (or paper over) the problem. Which is, of course, nonsense: in our current law/regulation/ruling-happy climate, the IRS did something that their guilty parties can be jailed for. This is, in fact, a favorite tactic of the government itself, as Scooter Libby and Martha Stewart could readily tell you. What Pfeiffer is hoping to do is to tamp down public outrage before it coalesces into Well, find something that you can use to put some of these agents in jail. It really sucks when it’s the government on the sharp end of that attitude, you see.
PS: Oh, we so totally need a legal system that’s not as full of minefields as the current one. Know one real quick way to get it? Make the bureaucrats have to live by the same set of rules as the rest of us.