Is the IRS scandal an attempt to deflect attention away from Benghazi?

I have seen this thought starting to percolate on some conservative blogs and Michelle Bachmann has alluded to this as well:

Bachmann, a former tax attorney, told WND in an interview the IRS admission means the credibility of the 2012 election is in doubt.

Americans, she said, should be wondering whether Obamacare, which is to be enforced by the IRS, will target conservative voices opposed to President Obama with delays or denials of medical care.

But why would an administration ever confess to such a flagrant misuse of politics and power?

Bachmann, who chairs the House Tea Party caucus, said it’s the Benghazi scandal.

“There’s no doubt this was not a coincidence that they dumped this story today, a Friday dump day,” Bachmann told WND. “This is when they put their negative stories out.”

But she said the looming storm cloud called Benghazi is the “soft underbelly” of the Obama administration and likely will keep Hillary Clinton from fulfilling her dream of occupying the Oval Office.

That would make it logical to release an IRS story that, while embarrassing, also could be cubbyholed as another “conservative” dispute with the White House.

Why would Max Baucus so readily announce that the Senate Finance committee will investigate this?  What I have learned with the from the political brass of the Democratic Party that they will engage in whatever tactics and strategy necessary to keep themselves from harm.  Why would Chuck Todd say this?  The Democratic Party and media seem awfully too willing on discussing the IRS scandal.  I think this announcement by Baucus is to heal some of the damage that was done at the Benghazi hearing last week but also to hopefully to alter the news cycle and get Hillary out of it, STAT.  I think the Democrats are starting to realize that the 2014 elections could be very ugly for them and are trying to salvage Hillary’s 2016 run.  The simplest strategy would seem to be keeping up the pressure on both Benghazi and the IRS.  Judging by Obama’s reaction to the questions on Benghazi, he really got testy.  My gut tells me the Democrats fear Benghazi more than they fear the IRS scandal simply because of their actions.  Obama could be seriously in trouble for the first time in his presidency while in office.  It will be interesting to see how this shakes out.


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