I am still in the midst of moving Hell, so blogging will remain slow, but let it be noted that the famous 18 and 1/2 minute gap in the Nixon tapes has at long last met its modern day match. A hard drive crash has eliminated all of the e-mails of Lois Lerner, the central figure in the scandal involving the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups. What’s more; a host of other figures from the scandal have also had their e-mails deleted, and the recycling of Lerner’s hard drive means that Lerner’s e-mails are likely lost forever, despite the fact that if the hard drive was kept, some IT experts appear to believe that it might have been possible to recover most or all of the e-mails.
How very convenient. Of course, if this scandal were Republican in nature, the media would be screaming cover-up. To be fair, a significant amount of it already is, but the outrage is not nearly as widespread as it would be were the GOP in charge of the White House right now.
It ought to surprise precisely no one that Nancy Pelosi either does not understand the significance of this latest turn in the scandal, or chooses not to understand. Equally unsurprising is the fact that Hillary Clinton is trying to parse the scandal in the best Clintonian traditions. I am entirely willing to get behind Ron Fournier’s call for a special prosecutor, but in the meantime, can those who once claimed that the IRS scandal wasn’t and isn’t a real scandal please change their collective tune? They weren’t convincing before, and with the latest developments, they look downright silly.