Who would have thought that Barack Obama would have descended to the depths that the disgraced Republican President Richard Nixon had in the scandal department?
Obama now has three going for him all at once:
- The newest is the revelation that the Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of journalists who work for the Associated Press. The danger, of course, that it is a wide net meant to discover reporters' confidential sources in the Obama administration and that it is a violation of the First Amendment's guarantee of a free press.
- Next is the disclosure that his Internal Revenue Service has selectively targeted conservative group for special attention into their applications for tax-free status, the kind of probing that were not given to liberal supporters.
- Finally--possibly the most serious because of its fatal consequences--the increasing apparent Obama administration efforts to manipulate the Benghazi attacks to avoid public scrutiny of his, his State Department. and his Defense Department's failures to prevent and halt the attack.
One can hardly keep track of the alleged misfeasance, malfeasance and other mals of the Obama administration. As John Kass said on his WLS radio talk show this morning, Obama now is facing a "trifecta" of scandals.
As the AP itself reported of the latest scandal:
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative's top executive called a "massive and unprecedented intrusion" into how news organizations gather the news.
The records obtained by the Justice Department listed outgoing calls for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, for general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Conn., and for the main number for the AP in the House of Representatives press gallery, according to attorneys for the AP. It was not clear if the records also included incoming calls or the duration of the calls.
In all, the government seized the records for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012. The exact number of journalists who used the phone lines during that period is unknown, but more than 100 journalists work in the offices where phone records were targeted, on a wide array of stories about government and other matters.
The AP called the sweep a"massive and unprecedented intrusion" into news gathering protected by the First Amendment.
Is the comparison of Obama and Nixon fair?
Well, it is if you take a look at the articles of impeachment of Nixon in which he was accused of manipulating the IRS for political purposes. Here it is:
He [Nixon] has, acting personally and through his subordinates and agents, endeavored to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, confidential information contained in income tax returns for purposed not authorized by law, and to cause, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, income tax audits or other income tax investigations to be initiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner.
I'm sure there will be a lot more to come.