Peggy Noonan has penned a grandmommy of propagandistic hysteria. It's a pleasure to read. She raves like an offended banshee and piles vitriolic rumor upon vitriolic scuttlebutt and longs for the clean, virtuous era of pre-Obama, although she forgets herself once and concedes broadly and axiomatically that "Presidents always undo themselves." (Then "The Scandals" are inexorably, but merely, presidential?)
You simply must read Peggy's complete indignation. It's right here. Just a taste--it begins forebodingly: "We are in the midst of the worst Washington scandal since Watergate."
Now I thought the Benghazi scandal was the worst scandal since Watergate, and of course it is, which Peggy's pals on the fanatical right are determined to (mis)prove. Turns out, though, that there's another worst scandal, which isn't the lone, actual scandal of the Justice Department, although that too is among Peggy's survey of scandals, also presumably as the worst. (I guess she wants to keep her options open.) No, the worstest worst scandal is the scandal of the lowest common denominator, which by definition appeals to the widest populist outrage, which, further, is the primest territory for rhetorical demagogues like Peggy Noonan.
It takes her a while--she battles sinisterism, shock and suppression along the way--but Peg finally gets to the final outrage, and it's a whopper of sham:
[I]t would be shameful and shallow for any Republican operative or operator to make this scandal into a commercial and turn it into a mere partisan arguing point and part of the game. It's not part of the game. This is not about the usual partisan slugfest. This is about the integrity of our system of government and our ability to trust, which is to say our ability to function.
Yes, it took the misdeeds or possibly just poor judgment of a government agency independent of President Obama's control for Ms. Noonan to get herself anguished over the integrity of our system and our ability to function. Republicans--potentially "shallow"--have been undermining and overtly dynamiting both the American people and their government for years, they've been ripping hell from integrity and gutting even the most basic of good-government functions, and yet this--a Cincinnati IRS branch under a commissioner appointed by another president--is what launches Peg into a falling sky.
It's beautifully done. Really, it's a pleasure to read. Propagandistic frenzy at its best.
p.s.: I don't wish to spoil your read, but I couldn't resist noting my favorite line amongst Noonan's amassing drama. "Hal Scherz, a Georgia physician ... told ABC News: 'It is odd that nothing changed on my tax return and I was never audited until I publicly criticized ObamaCare.' "
And I once developed hemorrhoids after frequenting JCPenney. The devils.