Oh my. The GOP's "best and brightest" "golden boy" "Tea Party Darling" and "savior" is at it again, faking outrage and making demands.
Today, in the wake of the IRS "scandal" Rubio is demanding that the IRS Commissioner resign post haste:
"[I]t is clear the IRS cannot operate with even a shred of the American people’s confidence under the current leadership," Rubio wrote in a letter to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. "Therefore, I strongly urge that you and President Obama demand the IRS Commissioner’s resignation, effectively immediately. No government agency that has behaved in such a manner can possibly instill any faith and respect from the American public."
Had Rubio done a little research and weren't so quick to register his outrage, he may have discovered that there is no IRS Commissioner. There hasn't been one for almost 6 months. Donald Shulman, the Commissioner at the time of the IRS probe, who was a Bush appointee, left last November. There is currently an "acting Commissioner" only.
But whether Rubio bothered with that pesky detail or not, it's really all about the outrage for him and the Republican Party. Not only is this just the latest in scandal fodder to use against President Obama, I'm guessing that it's also a way to try and intimidate the IRS from investigating the activites and qualifications of any 501(c)(4) in order to determine if they're political in nature, and in order to give them their government subsidy.
It's quite possibly designed after the fake outrage when reports showed that right wing hate groups with the potential for violence were on the rise. Recall back then the GOP was outraged, and forced an apology for the accurate report, as if it weren't true. Those groups are on the rise, and of course there are groups applying as 501(c)(4) which are very much political in nature, but LOOK AWAY! They would also love it if you didn't recall that political targeting done by the Bush Administration was the norm and business as usual. (Did I mention the IRS Commissioner in question at the time of the probe was a Bush appointee?)
Lois Lerner, head of the IRS unit that oversees tax-exempt groups, noted that the number of 501(c)(4) group applications doubled between 2010 and 2012. As a result of this influx, she explained, low-level workers at the agency’s Cincinnati office had flagged about 300 applications for additional review based on a keyword search. None had their status revoked or denied and the IRS apologized for the mistake.
In the meantime, we'll watch to see if Marco Rubio, true to form, uses this as a way to fund raise off of said outrage for his very own Reclaim America PAC.