Chancellor Goth: Who knows what was in the President’s mind? But it is the custom, as you know, for an incoming president to pardon political prisoners. Is he to set free the murderer of his predecessor, or break with custom? Either course would be difficult. I intend to avoid the dilemma by seeing this affair through before he takes office.
Cardinal Borusa: Chancellor, all presidents are faced with difficult decisions. It is by their decisions that they are judged.

Doctor Who the Deadly Assassin 1976

The question is not mine, but reporter Ron Fournier’s:

In fact Ron it’s beyond simply protecting a democrat, let’s say it bluntly.

Because Barack Obama is the first black president.

What that means is that he can NOT be allowed to be portrayed as a failure no matter what happens in Iraq, no matter what happens in Syria, no matter what happens in the economy and no matter how many people have given up on finding work.

Most of those things are self-evident and the media can choose to not discuss it or spin it but that can’t really be hidden from the people.

But the media understands what the developments in the IRS scandal means, and they can’t investigate, because if they do then the results of their investigations might reveal what many on the right suspect, that Barack Obama & his administration is involved in this up to his ears.

But it is not the illusion of Barack Obama as an honest & capable President that worries them the most, it is their own illusion that they want to preserve.  The illusion of their own self-righteousness.

If these journalists discover that the first black president of the United States is a cheap crook in the tradition of Nixon then a choice has to be made. Do they report that information,  or do they withhold it?

That decision will define if they are the people they claim to be or not.

Ron your fellow journalists can not and will not seek the truth in the IRS scandal. Not because of what it will reveal to the world about the Obama administration, but what it will reveal to themselves about themselves.

That’s the revelation they simply can’t bear.

Update:  Added the Dr. Who quote

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Following up on yesterday’s post concerning how to go forward on the IRS investigation there question is going to be asked, do you have a special committee or do you just give this to the standard committee’s that would handle such and investigation.

While there are some advantages to a special committee there is a better case for using the existing committees.

The biggest problem with a select committee is both sides will be appointing members to it. In Man of the House Tip O’Neill talked about the issue both in terms of the Democrat Caucus:

John Moss, a California Democrat who came to Congress the same year I did, wrote up a petition calling for a special impeachment committee. More often than not the member who initiates a particular piece of legislation end up as the chairman of the special committee appointed by the speaker to deal with it and that’s probably what John had in mind –a select committee on impeachment with him as chairman.

The GOP doesn’t need someone specifically trying to advance themselves that way. Meanwhile on the side playing defense on the idea of a select committee…

.had plenty of allies on the Republican side . And there’s certainly no question the White House preferred a special impeachment committee as well. Ont only could they control the appointment of the Republican members, but they also hoped to influence Carl Albert to appoint enough conservative Democrats to protect the president. With the Republicans already in the bag it wouldn’t take many

and the GOP has a smaller majority then the Democrats had in O’Neill’s time and no majority in the senate (yet).

Additionally the committee’s that are in charge of oversight of the IRS and the members in those committees are going to be more familiar with their workings. Even better presumably such members are MUCH more likely to be outraged by any IRS excess.

The left, media, and White house’s is going to be all about making any investigation a “political” one, that will be the game plan and we’re already seeing signs of this card being floated. If we want this process to be and be perceived as a search for the truth this is the best way to go about it.

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