'Morning Joe' Panel Clashes Over How 'Nixonian' the IRS Scandal Is

'Maybe we are more apathetic, but this should be outrageous to people, the possibility that a president is using the power of the IRS to target individuals'

MSNBC Panel Clashes over How ‘Nixonian’ IRS Scandal Is (Mediaite)

The Daily Caller’s Matt Lewis and Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson clashed on a very early Monday morning segment of Morning Joe over whether the controversy over the IRS’ alleged targeting of conservative groups crossed the threshold into the dreaded “Nixonian,” with Lewis highlighting the drama’s supposed similarities with Watergate shenanigans and Robinson basically calling him a goofball.

“Doesn’t it really feel Nixonian?” Lewis asked. “I wonder if Watergate happened today in a different media environment, and if Richard Nixon were a Democrat and we had this more fractured media environment where you couldn’t have had a couple of reporters beating the drum every day — maybe we are more apathetic but this should be outrageous to people, the possibility that a president is using the power of the IRS to target individuals –”

“Nixonian was Nixonian because Nixon had his hand on the button,” a less caffeinated Donny Deutschcountered. “I don’t think anybody, even the most whacked-out people, think President Obama is picking up the hot line in the Oval Office.”

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