If Republicans are going to target President Barack Obama for not knowing more about the Internal Revenue Service controversy, says House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, consider this:
"Well," she told a news conference Thursday, "The president doesn't know about everything that is going on in every agency of government. Should Mr. Boehner have known because this is his neighboring district, and since -- Cincinnati, where the IRS office is?
"I don't think you can hold him accountable for what happened in that IRS office."
Asked if Democrats will be hurt politically, Pelosi, D-Calif, noted, "It happened under the appointment of the head of the IRS, who was appointed by President Bush; his length of stay extended into President Obama's stay." She referred to former IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman.
"But," she said, "I think that that points to the fact that why is this, you know, a politicized issue because the -- we all are concerned about how the IRS does what it's supposed to do, supports the law but does not do it in a selective way. I've said before what they did was wrong. The inspector general has said over and over it is not illegal."