I Am Supposed to Believe that Lois Lerner Never Had It In for Conservatives

I’ll try to believe that, as I would like to think the best of people. But I have to admit that it’s going to be difficult:

Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the center of the agency’s Tea Party controversy, mentioned potentially getting a job at an offshoot of President Obama’s campaign, according to newly released documents.

Lerner, discussing Organizing for Action with colleagues on email in 2013, said “Oh–maybe I can get the DC office job!”

It’s unclear whether Lerner was joking, but one of her colleagues, Sharon Light, then asked another, Holly Paz, if Lerner was considering retirement.

Organizing for Action is a political advocacy group that was formed from the remnants of Obama’s reelection campaign.

For a moment, let’s assume the existence of an alternative universe, one in which Lois Lerner is a Republican, who might have sought a job with the Romney campaign. In this alternative universe, let us further assume that the IRS was accused of harassing and denying tax-exempt status to port-side political groups. Does anyone for one moment believe that in this alternative universe, Democrats would have been sanguine and blasé about Lerner’s attempts–however serious or half-serious they may have been–to get a job with the Romney campaign?

Me neither. So in this universe, why should I not care?

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