The White House keeps busy managing the fallout from scandals.
A device is needed to keep track of the possible scandals in the Obama administration, and I call it the Scandalometer. It works with a scale for scandals measuring their significance: 3-Big, 2-Real, 1-Possible, 0-Concoction.
Here is a test. Hold the sniffer close to your nose. If it smells so obnoxious that you flinch, that is a “3” and means a big deal. If it smells to high heaven, but you don’t flinch because it is in the realm of the expected, that is a “2” and means the real deal. If it is odorous but tolerable, blending into the background, that is just possible and a “1”. Just talk is a concoction and doesn’t register.
Benghazi security breach #3: Whew (flinching) — something is fishy here. It isn’t a political coverup that is what smells, it is the deficient security provided to protect consulate professionals. It was the denial of a request for additional security. Those things are linked to Mrs. Clinton and that stinks.
AP journalist wiretap #2: Government interfering with communications and free speech demands and deserves investigation. That behavior was more than obnoxious as it undermines freedom. If you want to catch leakers, do it from management control and not through external invasion of privacy.
IRS abusing conservatives #1: This is a possible scandal, although not yet proven. What does the IG have to say?
So, the Obama administration has an average rating of #2: Real deals that need investigation.
“No end to scandals in sight for embattled Obama White House
By Niall Stanage – 05/26/13 01:00 PM ET
Batten down the hatches and wait for the storm to clear.
That’s the advice veteran Washington Democrats are urging on a White House that has been embattled for a full two weeks by the triad of controversies revolving around the IRS, Benghazi and the Justice Department’s seizure of reporters’ phone records. No-one expects the pressure to let up anytime soon.
“There is blood in the water and the sharks are circling,” said Jim Manley, who spent years as the top communications aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) before moving on to a career at a lobbying firm.
“The last thing the White House needs to do is to make any unnecessary quick moves — by making dramatic personnel changes, for example.””