Backfire it has. On the Obama administration and the Democrats.
Lois Lerner ADMITTED targeting in 2012 and so did Obama, admitting that he read the inspector general's report and vowed to get to the bottom of the targeting that took place.
2 years later there's not a smidgen of corruption.
I think the Democrats strategy for dealing with this scandal is genius
Call it a " Witch hunt ", and then perpetuate it and legitimize it by Lying, destroying evidence and 24 consecutive 5th amendment pleas.
They gigged the IRS for laziness. Using keywords put groups arbitrarily under greater scrutiny while allowing others who may have merited it to slip by.
Not that some were singled out but that ALL should have been actually scrutinized for compliance.