It’s simple really, in the final analysis, the IRS in the Person of John Koskinen and by way of last night’s hearing, is asking you to believe one or all of the following …
… That an 8% cut to a nearly two billion dollar IT budget at the IRS was the real criminal here.
… That six other six folks involved in the 501C approval process that targeted conservative groups, also suffered crashed computers. You have to believe that a computer virus was capable of strolling around the offices at the IRS and jumping into computers unaided; all a coincidence!
… That a multitude of IT professionals could not recover lost data. They should talk to my guy; he’s done data recovery from crashed computers for me twice.
… That the destruction of data was not the result of a program application designed to wipe out hard drives. We will never know as the drive was destroyed, you just have to believe.
… That Koskinen’s conflicting testimony is not material to the matter at hand.
… That, by Koskinen’s testimony, he received no information “about this matter” by way of, wait for it, e-mail. The only information delivered to Koskinen was delivered verbally, face to face, despite his difficulty in recalling exactly who was delivering the information; Hmmmmm? Koskinen will apparently not require a hard drive crash.
… That despite the dissembling, we now have as much truth as we’re going to get and we’d best be happy with it.
… That the Congressional investigation is nothing more than a made up conspiracy; political theater, a witch hunt. I’m opting for political theater, last night actually was actually pretty good theater.
… That despite, literally, hundreds of visits to the White House by high level IRS officials over a considerable period of time, the subject of the political threat to the President by grass roots Conservative groups never came up. You have to believe that, despite the video of Lerner addressing the demands on her to “do something” because, “everyone is screaming at us” did not play into the current scandal. You have to believe that despite letters on the record from Senator Levin and public statements by Senator Schumer demanding that someone “do something”, that there is no there, there.
… That despite the high profile nature of the IRS scandal, Koskinen’s inability to recall timing beyond “April”, is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
Finally, you have to believe that Ms. Lerner, who was the source of the original statement that kicked this off to begin with, was not smart enough, despite her years within the Federal Bureaucracy, to have seen this coming. Just accept that inquiries by Chairman Camp regarding targeting had nothing to do with Lerner’s hard drive crash, just coincidence; move on, nothing to see here. You have to believe that the termination of the backup contract was happenstance. You have to accept at face value that the e-mail from Ms. Lerner asking for extreme measures to recover her data was not a case of “doth protest too much”. You must pay no attention to the fact that Fifth Amendment protections are intended as protection against self-incrimination; incrimination being the operable word. You must believe that the ten to thirty million dollars to expand back up capacity was less important than the fifty million spent on meetings and Star Trek parodies.
Ignore Representative Trey Goudy’s point that as a matter of law, destroying evidence, allows a jury to draw a “negative inference”; ignore polls that have north of 70% of those polled believing that there is a noxious odor here. Seems as if the jury has already drawn a negative inference.