The endless Republican quest for an Obama scandal
The more rabid Obamaphobes on America’s political right no doubt often dream that headlines like the one above will someday apply to the Obama administration.
So far, however, these wingnuts have had no such luck. Even the Benghazi fuss hasn’t been working out for them.
And just yesterday, Paul Waldman offered THIS EXPLANATION of what’s behind the effort to turn the Benghazi matter into something it isn’t:
I can sum it up in two words: scandal envy. Republicans are indescribably frustrated by the fact that Barack Obama, whom they regard as both illegitimate and corrupt, went through an entire term without a major scandal. They tried with “Fast and Furious,” but that turned out to be small potatoes. They tried with Solyndra, but that didn’t produce the criminality they hoped for either. Obama even managed to dole out three-quarters of a trillion dollars in stimulus money without any graft or double-dealing to be found. Nixon had Watergate, Reagan had Iran-Contra, Clinton had Lewinsky, and Barack Obama has gotten off scott-free. This is making them absolutely livid, and they’re going to keep trying to gin up a scandal, even if there’s no there there. Benghazi may not be an actual scandal, but it’s all they have handy.
Steve Benen has THIS WARNING for the GOP’s scandal-mongers:
I’d just add one thing to keep in mind going forward: the boy who cried wolf didn’t do himself any favors. For Republicans to scream “Watergate!” and set their hair on fire every time there’s even a hint of a controversy that kinda sorta might involve the administration, they’re undermining their own credibility.
With this in mind, if/when there’s a legitimate scandal involving the Obama White House, and Republicans once again go berserk, there will be plenty of folks who simply roll their eyes, tired of the faux outrage and manufactured controversies that never pan out. They’ll say, “No, no, this time there really is a wolf,” and many will respond, “We’ve heard it all before.”