This is a tale of a good soldier, the one who volunteers to take on the difficult missions. The solder that is willing to “take one for the team”. The soldier who works in the background to advance the campaign by knowing what has to be done. Being true believers they don’t need orders. Their passion drives them to do what needs to be done. This is the story of Lois Lerner.
Lois is the current head of the embattled IRS who after declaring her innocence of any and all wrongdoing invoked the Fifth Amendment so as not to incriminate herself during questioning. Mrs. Lerner started on the road to these hearings after graduating at the top of her class at the liberal New England College of law and becoming a foot soldier in the Department of Justice. Though no details are available she must have proved her dedication to the cause and was appointed to Assistant General Counsel at the Federal Election Commission and later General Counsel. During her twenty year tenure she led the charge against the perceived enemy The Christian Coalition. (http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/irss-lerner-had-history-harassment-inappropriate-religious-inquiries-fec_725004.html) For three election cycles she pursued them to no avail. It was also during that tenure that she was accused of failing to investigate all the foreign donations that flowed into the coffers of Bill Clinton and Al Gore. With the exception of some fines paid by the donors justice was not served.
After setting the tone at FEC her skills were needed elsewhere and in 2001 she moved to the IRS. Her resume highlights the work she did with the Humane Society during Hurricane Katrina which cannot account for 48% of the money sent to New Orleans. (http://www.philanthropyjournal.org/irsworkshop) By 2006 her skills at intimidation gained her overall director of Exempt Organizations. It is here she really found her calling. After calls by Al Franken and Chuck Schumer to investigate conservative groups compounded by Obama’s call to bring a gun to a knife fight she had her marching orders. Lois Lerner’s department kept a spread sheet of applications to be given the same priority she gave election violations by democrats, virtually none at all. Some applications were held up for over three years. As a reward for good work in the field she received a $100,000 dollar bonus and the presidential award from her alma mater.
Now with a promotion to the IRS death panel dangling before her eyes Lerner was asked to “take one for the Team”. She was the one who planted the loaded question at a lawyer’s conference and responded saying she was sorry for targeting conservative groups. The entire IRS scandal was not uncovered by the press but revealed by the Obama administration.
This might seem counterintuitive with other scandals brewing and breaking every day but why let a good crisis go to waste. Why not release one you can control? One that will let your supporters know you are fighting conservatives in the trenches with them? Just look at the poll numbers that have barely dipped since these stories broke. Combined with targeting reporters the administration has sent a clear message, if you oppose this administration you will be targeted by the IRS, Justice Department, and the liberal press and never ever be invited to Obama’s cool parties.
So our good little soldier has taken the point and done her duty. Her reward this time is paid administrative leave until it all blows over. Lois Lerner can sleep well knowing at the cost of freedom she has done her duty to a cause she believes in.