Recently it was announced that the IRS questioned far right wing groups to obtain tax exempt status. If this is true, it would be a huge abuse of power, and should be investigated. While many on the right were completely shocked, and have even called for the impeachment of the president, their memory apparently is as long as the list of people that trust them. In 2004 many questioned press conferences by Homeland Security which just so happened to line up with major speeches by John Kerry. Of course this would only be an abuse of power if someone came out and had personal knowledge of this. Enter Homeland Security head Tom Ridge. In 2009, Tom Ridge accused the Bush administration of raising the terror threat level for political purposes. Of course all of us that paid attention to this in 2004 knew this was the case, but we couldn’t prove it till 2009. Again, the same people who ignored a complete abuse of power in order to make sure “their” guy won.
So, do you punish the administration who got caught abusing power, and ignore the last one that did the same thing. Or do you ignore both as partisan politics?