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  •  Sadly, the "scandal" may impede the deeper look (1+ / 0-)
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    T Maysle

    I wish I was more confident that Joan's optimistic finale would pan out:  

    The other point he makes, which we're not hearing frequently or loudly enough in the response to the kerfuffle, is a real scandal: "the social welfare tax exemption is being used by existing 501(c)(4) organizations, including some very large ones, to promote partisan political interests—the very activity Congress has explicitly prohibited for a century." In other words, Karl Rove and Crossroads.

    This is a serious issue, one deserving of investigation. But Republicans could be biting off more than they can chew if it causes a bright light to be shone on how politically partisan organizations, like Rove's, are exploiting the law

    Unfortunately, I think it is far more likely that this faux-scandal will render the whole topic toxic and make any further investigation impossible - just like the Dan Rather controversy precluded any further discussion of Bush's military service.

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