Quote of the Day: GOP Leader Says Obama Using the IRS to Punish His Enemies

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From Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate, describing the Obama campaign on Fox News last Friday:

What they’re trying to do is intimidate donors to outside groups that are critical of the administration. The campaign has rifled through donors’ divorce records. They’ve got the IRS, the SEC and other agencies going after contributors trying to frighten people and intimidate them out of exercising their rights to participate in the American political discourse….Of course, the temptation of anybody in power is to try to silence your critics.

If that were true, I’d be the first to call for Obama’s impeachment. But it’s not, of course. McConnell just figures he can say whatever he wants and no one will really call him on it. And he’s right about that.

Michael Tomasky has more on the bigger picture here.

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