Last week it was revealed that the IRS had singled out groups that had “tea party” or “patriot” in their names last year while reviewing applications for non-profit tax-exempt status. This is a genuine problem and the Inspector General of the IRS is investigating. Once that report is issued, there are likely to be people who need to be fired. But Michele Bachmann thinks it’s all part of a conspiracy to divert attention from the Benghazi scandal. See if you can spot the contradiction here:
But why would an administration ever confess to such a flagrant misuse of politics and power?
Bachmann, who chairs the House Tea Party caucus, said it’s the Benghazi scandal.
“There’s no doubt this was not a coincidence that they dumped this story today, a Friday dump day,” Bachmann told WND. “This is when they put their negative stories out.”
Well yes, that is the norm in politics. When you have bad news, you release it late on a Friday afternoon and people will be too distracted by the weekend to pay much attention to it. This is how you reduce the vehemence of the reaction to the negative story. But then…
Bachmann said the IRS announcement of misbehavior was intended to provoke conservatives and draw their anger and attention.
“I was in that Benghazi hearing,” she told WND. “I think the Obama administration is desperate to spin Benghazi, and they can’t. I think they saved this story up for a day like today so that conservatives would focus on this admission.”
So they released it on a Friday afternoon to simultaneously reduce the attention paid to it AND to focus more attention on it. Fascinating. And then there’s this:
“Conservatives can handle two shocking stories at the same time,” she said. “Both are equally unconstitutional and call into question the very president.”
Unconstitutional? Benghazi? It may have been bad judgment, it may have been dereliction of duty, it may have had a terrible result. But unconstitutional? Exactly which provision of the Constitution was violated? Bachmann is just tossing our her usual word salad. Benghazi is bad, unconstitutional is bad, voila — it’s unconstitutional.