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The scandals are falling apart (seriously)
Washington Post ^ | May 16, 2013 | Ezra Klein

Posted on 05/17/2013 12:53:47 PM PDT by Rennes Templar

Things go wrong in government. Sometimes it’s just bad luck. Sometimes it’s rank incompetence. Sometimes it’s criminal wrongdoing. Most of the time you never hear about it. Or, if you do hear about it, the media eventually gets bored talking about it (see warming, global). But every so often an instance of government wrongdoing sprouts wings and becomes something quite exciting: A political scandal.

The crucial ingredient for a scandal is the prospect of high-level White House involvement and wide political repercussions. Government wrongdoing is boring. Scandals can bring down presidents, decide elections and revive down-and-out political parties. Scandals can dominate American politics for months at a time.

On Tuesday, it looked like we had three possible political scandals brewing. Two days later, with much more evidence available, it doesn’t look like any of them will pan out. There’ll be more hearings, and more bad press for the Obama administration, and more demands for documents.

But — and this is a key qualification — absent more revelations, the scandals that could reach high don’t seem to include any real wrongdoing, whereas the ones that include real wrongdoing don’t reach high enough. Let’s go through them.

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Something's falling apart alright, but it's not the scandal cases.
1 posted on 05/17/2013 12:53:47 PM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: Rennes Templar

Told ya Issa would screw this up.


3 posted on 05/17/2013 12:55:50 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: Rennes Templar
Imagine the WaPo, Woodward and Bernstein etc, defending Nixon in 1973.

That is what we have today.

Welcome to the USSA, comrade.


4 posted on 05/17/2013 12:56:17 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Rennes Templar

The media in this country is so desperate to protect their Messiah they will say and do ANYTHING to protect him..and its downright scary, Obama can say and do anything he wants and has to answer to no one


5 posted on 05/17/2013 12:56:22 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Rennes Templar

“Nothing to see here” is not going to work this time...


6 posted on 05/17/2013 12:56:47 PM PDT by IrishPennant (All warfare is based on deception.)
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To: Rennes Templar

Wishful thinking on the author’s part maybe??...


7 posted on 05/17/2013 12:56:52 PM PDT by ~Vor~ (Freeper since 10/98)
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To: Rennes Templar
Even a cheap accordion makes music when it falls apart.
8 posted on 05/17/2013 12:57:29 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: Rennes Templar

Ezra Klein is a sycophantic useful idiot.


9 posted on 05/17/2013 12:57:33 PM PDT by Fledermaus (The Republican Party is dead. Let's not pretend otherwise.)
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To: Rennes Templar

No one reasonably expected Obama to fall from this anyway. No matter... press with the inquiries anyway, and do the job to which you’ve been elected. Get at the truth and let the chips fall where they will.


10 posted on 05/17/2013 12:57:51 PM PDT by ScottinVA ( Liberal is to patriotism as Kermit Gosnell is to neonatal care.)
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To: Rennes Templar

Wishful thinking by the liberals.


11 posted on 05/17/2013 12:58:53 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Rennes Templar

Falling apart? You wish


12 posted on 05/17/2013 12:58:57 PM PDT by EnquiringMind
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To: ScottinVA

decide elections
there one in the books!


13 posted on 05/17/2013 12:59:28 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: Rennes Templar

Good grief. Delusional thinking remains triumphant at the Washington Compost


14 posted on 05/17/2013 12:59:34 PM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: Rennes Templar
Step One: Deny...

Step Two: Deny...

Step Three: Deny...

Step Four: Deny...

Step Five: We need to move on, this is old news...

15 posted on 05/17/2013 1:00:30 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Rennes Templar

Seems to be a uniform leftist talking point... “Oh, you’re wasting everyone’s time. There’s no scandal... there’s nothing to see here... move on.”

Uh-huh...

Noting the presstitutes didn’t carry that attitude back in 2004, when they dug and dug some more trying to find a smoking gun re: Abu Ghraib... and all they could dredge up were a few rogue troops.

Oh, and NO ONE DIED at Abu Ghraib, either, but that didn’t stop the NYT from running 58 consecutive front-page stories about it.


16 posted on 05/17/2013 1:01:56 PM PDT by ScottinVA ( Liberal is to patriotism as Kermit Gosnell is to neonatal care.)
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Dream on!
17 posted on 05/17/2013 1:03:12 PM PDT by Sparticus (Tar and feathers for the next dumb@ss Republican that uses the word bipartisanship.)
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To: Rennes Templar

MSM once again trying to cover up for this president. Perhaps if the Washington Post found their phones tapped and was the victim of a targeted government audit that might push them over the edge.


18 posted on 05/17/2013 1:04:06 PM PDT by HarleyD
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To: Rennes Templar

It’s not the scandals that are falling apart but rather our country.

Now is the time to put it back together while we have a chance. Otherwise, it’s over.


19 posted on 05/17/2013 1:04:27 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: RIghtwardHo

Ezra Klein says something and you believe it?


20 posted on 05/17/2013 1:04:40 PM PDT by REDWOOD99 ("Everyone should pay taxes. Everyone should pay the same rate.)
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To: Rennes Templar
Scandals can bring down presidents, decide elections and revive down-and-out political parties.
 
Gee, you don't say.  So, It's a wonder these scandals are finally seeing the light of day in some pall mall and obtuse way.
 
The real scandal is that you woke up this morning and were allowed to push this drivel that "it's time to move on".

21 posted on 05/17/2013 1:06:35 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Rennes Templar

WaPo back to White Washing for The White House


22 posted on 05/17/2013 1:06:37 PM PDT by uncitizen (Drip drip drip)
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To: Rennes Templar
Scandals can bring down presidents, decide elections and revive down-and-out political parties...

can they cause liberty trees to be watered? can they cause the usage of billions of hollow points?

23 posted on 05/17/2013 1:07:03 PM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: Rennes Templar
Hey Ezra! I don't care if the IRS comes after me. Why? Because the whole tax code is voluntary. What you may ask? Well Ezra, the payment of taxes, and the filing of returns is voluntary. Haven't you heard? Yes, it's true.

But remember Ezra, if you don't voluntarily pay your taxes, you will probably voluntarily go to jail. Jail Ezra, like Ft. Leavenworth. Scary place Ezra, I've been there a few times (no, not as a criminal).

So, this regime, the Baraq H. 0bama regime wants everyone to do as he pleases, or commands. Right Ezra?

Ezra, between you and me, I feel there's a bad moon arisen. A real bad moon. The kind that gets people killed.

Ask your savior/messiah 0bama to end this madness before it's too late.

5.56mm

24 posted on 05/17/2013 1:07:52 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: All
Wait till the tsunami of bad news from Democrats running for re/election gets back to the DNC.

Proud "Progressive Democrat" Barbara Buono is on track to become the first major party nominee in New Jersey state history who fails to raise enough money in the primary to qualify for maximum public financing.

NJ Democrats are registered 10-1 but Buono can't even raise enough money to qualify for matching funds. Buono’s campaign war chest is so skimpy she may not generate enough contributions to secure all of her public matching funds for the primary or general election. NOTE Buono is running in a crowded latino state---and was just endorsed by an Hispanic group. (SOURCE http://www.nj.com/)

25 posted on 05/17/2013 1:08:37 PM PDT by Liz (To learn who rules over you, determine who you are not allowed to criticize. Voltaire)
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To: Rennes Templar

Ezra better tell Max Baucus, who thinks the IRS scandal is about to get much, much worse.


26 posted on 05/17/2013 1:08:42 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: C210N

I didn’t consider, until today, that the fedgov anticipated that something they did coming to light, or something they plan to do,

would cause the “civil unrest” (revolt) that they are buying all the ammo and military equipment for.


27 posted on 05/17/2013 1:09:02 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Sparticus

SuperTramp - Dreamer

28 posted on 05/17/2013 1:10:09 PM PDT by Sparticus (Tar and feathers for the next dumb@ss Republican that uses the word bipartisanship.)
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To: Rennes Templar

Shameless, craven assholery from the so-called journalists.


29 posted on 05/17/2013 1:10:42 PM PDT by hemogoblin
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To: IrishPennant

The bassturds RIGGED AN ELECTION.

This will not, can not stand.


30 posted on 05/17/2013 1:10:55 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Rennes Templar
Sorry, Ezra, you're behind the curve on this one and nobody cares what your desperate spinning is. "There's no 'there' there" isn't going to cut it. And contrary to what you just wrote, the more we learn about these the more serious they look.

I don't think Klein really understands things from any other than a strictly partisan-games perspective, which is too bad because he is bright enough to do better than that. This piece, though, this is simply embarrassing.

31 posted on 05/17/2013 1:11:35 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Rennes Templar
This is less an article with useful information than it is some leftist journalist's attempt to minimize democrat/Obama lawbreaking.

The investigations into these scandals might not go anywhere, justice may not ever be served, but not the reasons this hack cites.

32 posted on 05/17/2013 1:12:48 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: unixfox

“It’s not the scandals that are falling apart but rather our country.”

I’m an optimist. I think this is the beginning of the Regime agenda falling apart, and America getting back on the road to her true foundations.


33 posted on 05/17/2013 1:13:32 PM PDT by Rennes Templar (The true Obama persona is emerging, the one from his first Presidential debate.)
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To: Rennes Templar

Bluntly speaking, we don’t need these scandals to take down Obama.

What we need them to do is reset the debate on size scope and role of govenment onto out playing field.

They’re already doing that, if “Dead Intern Joe’s” sudden u turn on tn background checks is any indication. Gun control is effectively dead. And other second term agenda items like immigration reform and the ObamaCare implementation are going to be impacted in our favor.


34 posted on 05/17/2013 1:15:05 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: RIghtwardHo

oH..puhLEEZ. GIVE IT A BREAK.

No one is ever perfect enough on this site.


35 posted on 05/17/2013 1:15:20 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (Go Galt!)
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I hate to say it but the compost is right (for the wrong reasons).

I have heard numerous talking heads and talk show hosts talking about how this could bring Obama down....and even some Freepers. Bull-o-knee. Ain't heppening.

Evil, corrupt dictators at this stage of their reign are usually very good at hiding their tracks. There will be NOTHING that leads back to the White House. NOTHING. It may be plain as day that it does...it may be obvious the POTUS is lying. But there will be no proof and just like always he will simply say: "I know nothing...we had nothing to do with it...I just found out watching the news..." and you won't be able to prove a thing. He has NO honor so he will not be shamed into stepping down.

If any here think this is his down-fall...I'm willing to make a little wager with ya...

36 posted on 05/17/2013 1:16:50 PM PDT by NELSON111
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True, but I think it’s good insight into the mindset of a cornered Rat.


37 posted on 05/17/2013 1:17:49 PM PDT by Rennes Templar (The true Obama persona is emerging, the one from his first Presidential debate.)
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To: NELSON111
And I should also add...the AP story is only a big deal to the Media as far as I am concerned because frankly...I am sick and tired of congress and their staffers leaking classified info. I have a security clearance and take it very seriously. I feel no sympathy if they are being investigated....AS LONG AS IT IS FAIR and snags leaky Leahy as well as any GOP loud mouths.

If the proper warrants were obtained and the records were obtained according to the law...I have no tears for the meadia. A security leak undermines our country.

38 posted on 05/17/2013 1:19:55 PM PDT by NELSON111
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To: Billthedrill
Klein knows darn well that the Obama gig is up, he's just praying in print.
39 posted on 05/17/2013 1:22:48 PM PDT by JPG (Stay strong.)
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Told ya Issa would screw this up.

LOL. The IRS scandal was revealed just seven days ago. The liberal hack Klein, in the WP no less, tells you there's no there there, and you believe it. That's what LIVs do.

40 posted on 05/17/2013 1:24:28 PM PDT by kevao (Biblical Jesus: Give your money to the poor. Socialist Jesus: Give your neighbor's money to the poor)
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The purple lipped prince is just calling his media dogs back home...

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41 posted on 05/17/2013 1:30:19 PM PDT by IrishPennant (All warfare is based on deception.)
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So, if the scandal doesn’t reach to the top, it has no long lasting effects?

What about the loss of trust? We’ve heard nothing but lie after lie and incessant passing of the buck.


42 posted on 05/17/2013 1:32:20 PM PDT by randita
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To: REDWOOD99; RIghtwardHo
It's an opinion piece. It's about as important as someone writing - For a good time call . . . . on the wall of the crapper at a truck stop

here's my opinion piece for the day . . Aliens will arrive next week and bring everybody free Sno Cones and BBQ ribs.

see? easy peasy

43 posted on 05/17/2013 1:32:42 PM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.u)
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To: Rennes Templar

Seriously. Is that what the dummies are saying now.


44 posted on 05/17/2013 1:34:05 PM PDT by HollyB
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To: NELSON111

I don’t think it’s his downfall necessarily either, but the AGENDA has taken a serious hit, and will more so. Could even derail Obamacare eventually, as this could result in us getting the Senate next year.


45 posted on 05/17/2013 1:40:02 PM PDT by Rennes Templar (The true Obama persona is emerging, the one from his first Presidential debate.)
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To: HollyB

Did u see ZEro today with some of his most adoring constituents somewhere telling them that they don’t care what’s going on with the IRS and Benghazi and that they know its just Congress trying to get attention?

And those steeple were applauding.....sooooo stupid on so many levels


46 posted on 05/17/2013 1:42:29 PM PDT by uncitizen (Drip drip drip)
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To: Rennes Templar

"Dreams about being Obama's back-door man"

47 posted on 05/17/2013 1:43:24 PM PDT by Fido969
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To: Rennes Templar

Ezra Klein is the guy who started Journo-List.


48 posted on 05/17/2013 1:44:59 PM PDT by Fido969
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>>>I don’t think it’s his downfall necessarily either, but the AGENDA has taken a serious hit, and will more so.

Now that I agree with. I was just saying the same thing today to a buddy of mine.

He won't go down for any of this...but for all intenets and purposes...his agenda is stalled...and he's got a lot less street cred with the dems come 2014 after Obamacare cleans their clock.

49 posted on 05/17/2013 1:46:36 PM PDT by NELSON111
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To: Rennes Templar

Can you imagine an article like this coming out so soon after a supposed scandal in Bush Administration? The real shame here is what has been this country’s biggest shame for decades, and that is the leftist media. The media should examine its culpability in the corruption of government. Had the media been doing its job as America’s watchdog, instead of trying to prove its worthy standing in the personality cult of Obama, none of this would have happened, or at the very least, we would have a different president right now, one who wouldn’t tolerate scandals like these.

Right after Obama’s coronation for his first term, Homeland Security came out with a memo listing conservative groups, gun owners, Christian groups, veterans and just about anyone who was too ethical to support Obama as possible terrorists. That was the first official hint of how far Obama intended to go in the war against his political enemies, and the leftist press ignored it. Should we be surprised over Obama’s IRS going after conservative groups? What would surprise me is that anyone in the leftist media really thinks Obama didn’t know about it. And I’m not surprised in the least, because they know good and well the corruption runs deep at the White House, and they know their job is to cover it up.


50 posted on 05/17/2013 1:48:24 PM PDT by pallis
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