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A new poll finds the following:

The amount of attention Americans are paying to the IRS and the Benghazi situations is well below the average for news stories Gallup has tracked over the years. This overall lack of attention is due in part to Democrats’ and, to a lesser degree, independents’ lack of interest, which stands in sharp contrast to the significantly above-average attention among Republicans.

There’s a real issue about the outrageous abuse of power in the Cincinnati office of the IRS – and heads have, should, and will roll. But talk of impeachment, unhinged rants like Noonan’s, and the total lack of any constructive policy proposals, except repeal of Obamacare, does not rescue the GOP. If they’re not careful, and the rhetoric keeps intensifying, they’ll begin to look like paranoid fanatics. That didn’t work even when there was a presidential scandal – of president Clinton perjuring himself. Why would it when this president – so far – is not implicated in any of these stories in any way? Then there’s this polarization:

There is a 21-percentage-point gap between Republicans and Democrats in terms of following the Benghazi story closely, and a 27-point gap on the IRS story.

On Benghazi, Independents are more like Democrats. On the IRS, they’re more like Republicans.