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WHAT is Darrell Issa’s gut telling him and when did it speak up? We heard from it on Sunday when CNN veteran journalist Candy Crowley asked it what it was thinking.

Lawrence O’Donnell proves why the elite media in Washington and New York is so annoying, but also why the American public seems so stupid at times.

It was mirrored in the press by Chris Cillizza, a nice guy, seriously committed, as is Crowley, who hoisted the predictable column yesterday about the Republicans and the IRS. It’s a good issue for them, obviously, but watch out, they might overreach. It’s an opinion without a pulse, because it says nothing, which explains why this type of analysis is so popular.

This is the typical elite media political positioning. The 2,000+ comments proves why it’s such a winner with media outlets. It serves up an open hypothesis for readers and lets them run with it. That it’s absolutely worthless as political analysis hardly matters.

It's an epidemic of bad elite media reporting

It’s an epidemic of bad elite media reporting

Plouffe’s suggestion of overreach is designed to do two things: 1. Raise the image of the late 1990s and impeachment, which backfired for Republicans, in the minds of the political world. 2. Send a signal to Democrats ““ elected officials, operatives and the like ““ that the best message going forward is one that focuses on why Republicans continue to take their eye off the economic ball.

So much of how the IRS plays politically depends on whether (and how much) new information comes out from either the hearings this week or in the weeks to come. If Republicans unearth nothing new ““ or nothing major ““ there may come a time when it behooves them politically to begin to refocus on other topics. If, however, the IRS and administration continues (as they have) to struggle to get their collective story straight on what happened and why, this could wind up being a deep electoral vein well worth the time spent mining it by Republicans.

It’s not news that the IRS scandal is an issue for conservatives, but wondering whether they’ll go too far is giving them way too much credit, but also proves Cillizza and the Washington Post aren’t interested in objective truth. They have to stay in the center of the political population, whether it’s warranted or not. Facts have little to do with it and that’s why it’s bad analysis.

By any standards, Darrell Issa has gone too far. Republican colleagues, in fact, were calling him out on this fact even before Cillizza’s column went live.