Monday launched several political story lines — none of them good for President Obama.
The IRS acknowledged that the flagging of applications for tax-exempt status from conservative groups went beyond a branch in Cincinnati — and that officials in Washington and two other cities were also involved. The Associated Press revealed that the Justice Department had secretly obtained two months’ worth of phone records for its reporters. And Republicans continued to describe Benghazi as the greatest foreign policy cover-up since, well, ever. (That last one might wind up being a positive development for Obama in the long run, but we digress.)
As if the president needed any more bad news, there was this: The whole of these stories was greater than the sum of their parts. That is, they all had a convenient strain tying them together: government overreach. Or, put more sinisterly, the government thinks it knows better than you.