For the Obama administration, which took office in January of 2009 saying it would be the most transparent administration in history, the recent trifecta of events from the ongoing scrutiny behind the tragedy in Benghazi, Libya to eruptions over IRS staffers treating Tea Party non-profit applicants different than others seeking social welfare determinations to a Justice Department that secretly tapped into Associated Press reporters’ emails and phone calls has given Republicans three more reasons to turn the president’s second term into a failed term.
Could this be the best week ever for conservatives? Maybe, if a gage of how it’s been playing at popular websites like The Daily Caller and The Drudge Report is a measure of the glee anti-Obamaites have for the telegenic investigations that are already underway. Washington’s Beltway media always hungers for scandals, but for three of them to pop up within a matter of a week or so will keep GOP operatives as happy as someone saving a few dollars by switching to Geico insurance.
Boehner talks jail time
In a mid-morning meeting with reporters, Ohio Congressman and Speaker of the U.S. House of Representative John Boehner showed what he thinks the president’s trip-ups will lead to. Talking to media, Speaker Boehner said it’s not a matter of who is responsible, but who is going to jail.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the floor today that 44 Senators, all Republicans, have signed a letter asking the president to stop stonewalling on IRS scandal, which he called the “tip of the iceberg.”
Fred Thompson, a former Republican presidential candidate and reverse mortgage TV star, has decided to weigh in on the biggest news event of the year, calling for a special committee. As a younger man, Thompson was a Republican staffer on the House committee that investigated President Nixon and the Watergate break-in. It’s no surprise that many news outlets have quickly jumped onto the bandwagon to equate President Obama’s troubles as equal to Nixon’s involvement in Watergate.
The Boston Herald has taken on President Obama by saying his second-term campaign slogan of “Forward” should be refashioned to “backward,” as congressional investigations gear up for more sound and fury.
The national voice for Republicans, Rush Limbaugh, is beside himself with glee.
Meanwhile, national court watcher Jeffrey Toobin says conservative rage means the real scandals of the week aren’t getting enough play: “The scandal—the real scandal—is that 501(c)(4) groups have been engaged in political activity in such a sustained and open way,” Toobin said.
Adding to the woe of the week comes a new Gallup survey showing that, after gradually climbing from a near-historic low of 17 percent in 2011, Americans are again becoming less satisfied with the state of the country. In Gallup’s poll, just 24 percent of Americans identify as satisfied with “the way things are going in the United States,” down from 30 percent in April. The negative response could have to do more with current events than with broader trends, Gallup said, noting that the Boston Marathon bombings took place during Gallup’s May polling period.
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