It appears the nearly impenetrable walls that have surrounded the Obama Administration have started to crack and crumble.
The IRS scandal – targeting conservative groups seeking tax exempt status for 'special' scrutiny – has put the White House on the defensive. Unlike the previous four years, the media are not cutting the president any slack. Many of the MSM are asking questions of the type we haven't heard since the Nixon administration: “What did the president know and when did he know it?”
While in the past the president made jokes about having the IRS audit his political adversaries, it appears someone in the upper echelons of the IRS took him at his word and started targeting numerous conservative groups and individuals who had the audacity to question the level of government spending and taxation.
Where will all of this lead? No one really knows, but if I had to guess I'd say it will lead to an even weaker presidency as congressional Democrats distance themselves from the White House in an effort to not be dragged down.
And then there are the questions about Benghazi.
From what's been revealed so far there's more than enough blame to go around for that tragedy. As Harry S Truman stated more than once during his time in office, “The buck stops here”, meaning the Oval Office. I doubt there's any way the Obama administration is going to be able to sugar coat that royal screw up. As e-mails released under the Freedom of Information Act show, there was a concerted effort to try to downplay the attack on our embassy, trying to spin it as a 'spontaneous' reprisal to an obscure YouTube video when in fact it was a full out attack by an Al Qaeda splinter group. No amount of PR or spin is going to be able to change that or the fact that the State Department abandoned our ambassador in Libya, leaving him to die at the hands of our enemies.
It's going to be an interesting time in Washington as the full breadth of these and other scandals come to light. Here it is we were thinking that Obama was another Jimmy Carter when it turns out he was also channeling Richard Nixon at his worst.