July 8, 2013

THE HECK WITH FACTS, JUST DEMAGOGUE:

The Republican Plan to Exploit the IRS Scandal (Even Without a Smoking Gun) : GOP sends lawmakers home with scandal-focused talking points, prepares August campaign. (Shane Goldmacher, July 2, 2013, National Journal)

Republicans still haven't found that smoking gun tying the White House to the IRS's targeting of tea-party groups. But that won't stop them from selling the scandal to voters as evidence Democrats cannot be trusted in Washington.

The public's dislike of the IRS is so visceral and details of the scandal are so easily digestible that top Republican operatives say it fits neatly into their budding 2014 narrative against liberal big government, with or without proof of President Obama's involvement.

"Of all the scandals, of all issues, this thing touches everyone's life. Nobody likes the IRS," said GOP strategist Scott Jennings, a former top adviser to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. "It will have staying power, and it will be used--and it should be--in political campaigns."

The nice thing about running on nothing is that when you're elected you don't have to do anything.
Posted by at July 8, 2013 4:48 AM
  

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