Just came across this (via vodkapundit) story about how the group Tea Party Express may be little more then a fundraising scam. This matches up with other stories out there that have shown the money a lot of these Tea Party groups are raising is not getting out to the political candidates. While a few of these groups might be true scams, most of them just seem unable to do much more then raise money to meet their overhead. While many Tea Party supporters might be skeptical of these findings, there is much anecdotal evidence that Tea Party money and support is not getting to the politicians. This was clear in the Brat-Cantor primary, as the Tea Party groups were nowhere to be found in that race.
The recent exposure of the failure of these Tea Party groups shows the stupidity of the Obama administration for having the IRS target them in the first place. I believe the IRS targeted conservative groups because many liberals see conservatives as evil incarnate and believe they must be stopped at all costs. Because of this, they feel conservatives clearly aren't meant to have the same free speech rights they are meant to enjoy. This kind of thinking permeates academia and has led to numerous speech codes on college campuses. Being an "academic professor" himself, I'm sure President Obama thinks this way and has been behind the IRS targeting from the start.
With the information we have now about the Tea Party groups, their targeting by the IRS seems downright idiotic. They destroyed the integrity of the governmental bureaucracy to go after frauds and incompetents who were going to have little impact on the election anyway. Ironically, the IRS targeting might have actually prevented conservatives from blowing money on these groups.