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If I had more faith in the capabilities of the Obama Administration—if I was willing to ignore Occam’s Razor and attribute to malice that which can be more readily explained by incompetence—I’d be thinking right about now that the hailstorm of controversies over the last few months—the Russian presence in Ukraine, the surge of Central American child immigrants, the VA scandal, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Hobby Lobby case, the president’s assertion that the constitution entitles him to the right of droit du seigneur, the IRS debacle, the Bowe Bergdahl swap, the ongoing Obamacare fight, the first quarter economic growth numbers—have all been part of a darkly genius plan (and yes, one item on that list is purely to separate the readers from the skimmers). With the zone sufficiently flooded—with every day essentially turned into a news dump Friday— it’s easy to miss the newest developments; even those as provocative as, say, the latest on the IRS scandal. From Byron York in the Washington Examiner:
Top IRS officials told congressional investigators that Lois Lerner‘s hard drive — the one containing emails that could shed light on the IRS targeting scandal — was irreparably damaged before it was destroyed completely in 2011. But now, investigators have had a chance to talk to the technical experts inside the IRS who actually examined Lerner’s computer, and the experts say the hard drive in question was actually just “scratched,” and that most of the data on it was recoverable.
The IRS computer experts also told the committee that they had recommended seeking outside help in recovering the data from Lerner’s computer — something IRS management declined to do.
… In addition, the committee says it has come across evidence that, at least for some period of time, Lerner’s computer was listed as “recovered” in an internal IRS IT tracking document. The committee says IRS experts were not able to say whether “recovered” meant that the hard drive had actually been saved or whether it had met some other fate. In any event, committee aides say they have consulted with “former federal law enforcement and Department of Defense forensic experts” about the matter, and their conclusion is that the majority of information on the drive could have been saved.
There was a time—and, really, I don’t think it was that long ago—when a story like this would have generated bipartisan outrage. In this age of total political warfare, when allegiances determine principles instead of vice versa, that’s beginning to seem impossible. Question for the Ricochetti: what would have to happen—what line would have to be crossed—before congressional Democrats might actually turn against the Administration on this issue?