MSNBC's Morning Joe panel observed that Lois Lerner's newly revealed emails, in which she called conservatives "assholes" and "crazies" who are more likely to "take us down" than foreign terrorists, appear to confirm conservatives' case that they were unfairly targeted by the IRS and make it exceedingly difficult to believe Lerner's innocence.
"She just plays into Republicans' worst suspicions of her," remarked Joe Scarborough.
"If the question is was there political, ideological bias inside the IRS, it's hard to argue ‘no' after you read that," said Willie Geist.
"And malice," added MSNBC contributor Nicolle Wallace. "She equates Republicans as inferior to terrorists. I think motive is there, I think state of mind is there–again, if this were a legal proceeding, they've got their gal."