Capitol Hill saw three more days of hearings last week about the Internal Revenue Service, none of which offered much more insight into the genesis of the agency's troubling actions over the past three years.
Who conceived the idea to target groups with conservative-sounding names for extra scrutiny as the IRS processed their applications for tax-exempt status? We still don't know. How could that have been considered an appropriate option? And why did targeting resume a few months after a senior manager shut it down?
In the absence of answers, Republicans have begun to fill in the blanks with overheated rhetoric: for example, the possibility of a White House "enemies list," as House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky., said last week. Rep. Ander Crenshaw, R-Fla., and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., talked about the scandal originating in "Washington" or "Washington headquarters." Mr. Issa called the president's spokesman a "paid liar."