John Ransom

Jim Jordan wants to know what the White House knew about the IRS targeting scandal, and when they knew it-- as if we didn’t know. The conservative Representative from Ohio has penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal calling for a special prosecutor to investigate the activities of the IRS and, more specifically Lois Lerner, the former IRS official who is at the center of the controversy.

Jordan essentially is saying where there is smoke there is fire, and oh yeah, where there’s fire, there is fire too.

“Emails and testimony that we confronted Ms. Lerner with showed her saying that the tea party is ‘very dangerous,’” writes Jordan, “ordering a ‘multitiered review’ (read: delay) of the cases, and managing the optics of her operation so it would not be revealed as a political project.”

Make no mistake, this goes all the way up to the White House, to the Oval Office, and for that reason this will not be going away.

That was practically guaranteed when Lerner showed up at Congress twice and invoked her Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate herself.

Those who try to ride the revolutionary tiger, by letting it out of the cage, make a tasty meal eventually.

And the tiger makes no distinction between the president and a department head.

Congress does however. And so does the electorate.

From the day that Congress passed Obamacare under Democrat control, there has never been a time in which Obama’s political position did not grow weaker. He lost the US House of Representatives in 2010, and only narrowly controls the Senate.

Sure he won reelection, but his second term could end up being more of a curse than a blessing.

The White House has been enmeshed in a series of scandals, missteps and poor politics that’s only become more obvious, and more quickly moving since Obama’s reelection.

As the president has grown weaker, he’s become more and more reckless, telling bigger and bigger lies.

I often tell candidates, especially ones who are political novices, that they have to keep one thing in mind about politics: eventually through the miasma of lies, distortions and rhetoric, politics, at the highest level, is eventually about truth; about absolute, positive truth.


John Ransom

John Ransom is the Finance Editor for Townhall Finance.