And the hits just keep on coming from Michele Bachmann. From Greg Sargent at The Plum Line -- Bachmann on why she worked for IRS: “First rule of war is `know your enemy’”:
This is fun. Michele Bachmann, on the campaign trail today, offered what seems to be a new explanation for her previous work as a lawyer for the Internal Revenue Service, something that has drawn some ire from the right.
Her explanation: She worked for the IRS as a kind of secret anti-tax mole whose mission was to get to know the place in order to better undermine it later. As she put it: “The first rule of war is `know your enemy.’”
This explanation seems a bit at odds with descriptions of the episode she’s given on previous occasions, when she’s said her anti-tax fervor was the result of her work for the IRS. This version on the trail explains her work for the IRS — which spanned four years, from 1988-1992 — in a way that will be more acceptable to hard-core anti-tax conservatives. [...]
Bachmann, speaking at a rally today in South Carolina, said:
“We change the economy by changing the tax code. How many of you love the IRS? No! It’s time to change it. I went to work in that system because the first rule of war is ‘know your enemy.’ So I went to the inside to learn how they work because I wanted to beat them.”
Chris Matthews made this part of his Sideshow segment this Thursday and asked if she was "running for president now to infiltrate the enemy, yet again?"