"The IRS tea-party audit story isn't Watergate; it's worse than Watergate," according to deputy Wall Street Journal editorial page editor Daniel Henninger.
"The Watergate break-in was the professionals of the party in power going after the party professionals of the party out of power. The IRS scandal is the party in power going after the most average Americans imaginable," he added.
Some argue that it is certainly worse than when former President Bill Clinton was accused of using the IRS to punish huge conservative groups including the National Rifle Association, the Heritage Foundation and Judicial Watch.
The reason: Obama's IRS went after the grassroots. Henninger suggested the order to do so came in Obama's code language. "Mr. Obama himself in a March 2010 radio address spoke of 'shadowy groups with harmless sounding names' that threaten 'our democracy,' " he wrote.