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This drunk guy needs waterIt’s nice to see Republicans fearlessly continue to overplay their hand on IRSghazigate, isn’t it? A dude in a cubicle in Cincinnati thought some of those teabagger groups what want to overthrow the black president because he lowered their taxes deserved some extra scrutiny before getting their special don’t-have-to-pay-taxes waiver, and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Quitter) wants to impeach the president, Sen. Mitch McTurtle’s making home videos about how Obama = Nixon, and now Sen. Marco Rubio says a bunch of argle bargle:

“So the only answer to this is to repeal Obamacare,” Rubio said in response to an email from a man in Orlando, Fla. “It’s just one more reason why this law is going to be a disaster for our country. And in the months to come, I’m really going to focus on the issue of repealing Obamacare because in addition to the IRS’s role there is all sorts of other problems with regards to Obamacare that we need to answer.”

Well, of course IRSgate proves we must repeal Obamacare. Just like Obama’s re-election proves we must repeal Obamacare. Just like the sun rising in the east proves we must repeal Obamacare. Doesn’t everything lead back to repealing Obamacare? Except for the actual three dozen plus votes on repealing Obamacare, which never seem to actually end up with, you know, repealing Obamacare?

Oh, but this time, now that something something IRS teabaggers something, it’s serious. After all, the IRS scandal is the worst scandal since the last worst scandal, so obviously, it is time to — wait. What’s this?

But a close examination of these groups and others reveals an array of election activities that tax experts and former I.R.S. officials said would provide a legitimate basis for flagging them for closer review.

“Money is not the only thing that matters,” said Donald B. Tobin, a former lawyer with the Justice Department’s tax division who is a law professor at Ohio State University. “While some of the I.R.S. questions may have been overbroad, you can look at some of these groups and understand why these questions were being asked.”

Ohhhh. So these groups were engaging in election activities that would at least call into question their non-profit, nonpartisan status and maybe, just maybe, require some, oh, gosh, what do you call it? Further scrutiny? Such as?

Tom Zawistowski, president of the Ohio Liberty Coalition, another Tea Party group that has complained about the scrutiny it received from the I.R.S., sent out regular e-mails to members about Romney campaign events and organized protests around the state to “demand the truth about Benghazi” when Mr. Obama visited before the 2012 election. The coalition also canvassed neighborhoods, handing out Romney campaign “door hangers,” Mr. Zawistowski said.

But he was probably getting out the vote for Romney and slamming Obama in a nonpartisan way. That’s what his lawyers told him, after all, so IMPEACH! And REPEAL! And shoot Hillary Clinton in the benghina, just for good measure.

Or maybe Republicans should go back to the drawing board and try to come up with another bullshit reason why Obama is THE WORSTEST PRESIDENT EVER.

[TPM/NYT]

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