But the War on the Press hurt Obama because it woke up the press, which has pretty much been his guard dog instead of a watchdog.
The press has ignored and even encouraged his lengthy battle with Fox News, home of his only consistent critics on TV.
Taking on The Associated Press changed the game. If the president is willing to go after the biggest dog in the house, no one is safe.
Obama woke up the press just as the one scandal that could hurt him hit the fan.
The IRS mess is so toxic that it has led to a revival of the tea party, an unfairly maligned group of people who can now say to critics: See, we told you so.
The government not only targeted the tea party, but the IRS leaked confidential information on 31 tea party groups to ProPublica, a self-styled investigative group that was founded by liberal California billionaires Herbert and Marion Sandler.
That information comes from ProPublica.
The press should not let this scandal slide.
Article 2 of the proposed impeachment of President Nixon on July 27, 1974, included:
"He has, acting personally and through his subordinates and agents, endeavored to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, confidential information contained in income tax returns for purposed not authorized by law, and to cause, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, income tax audits or other income tax investigations to be initiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner."
America will not impeach its first African-American president. But the buck stops at the president's desk and there should be a price paid for this abuse of power.
We shall see if that happens.
Surber's email is donsur...@daily mail.com.