Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Maybe a Rainbow Will Follow the Clouds of Scandal

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Maybe a Rainbow Will Follow the Clouds of Scandal

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The storm clouds of "scandal," like a breakout of springtime tornadoes in the South and Midwest, seem to be encircling the White House with the president having no "safe room" to retreat.

But the more I think about the three major issues that have garnered the most attention from the administration's enemies (and now some of its "friends"), the ultimate focus of these controversies may lead us to places where few people - especially the conservative right - want to go.

Conservatives have been trying to conjure up a scandal around Barack Obama for years, and now they are delighted because they believe they have not one, but three that will embroil him so that his second-term agenda will wither from paralysis.

While praying for another Watergate that will lead to further embarrassment for the White House, if not Obama's outright ouster, the president's critics just might find that their usual overreach results in reforms not to their liking.

Let's take each issue in the order they appeared on the public radar.

Benghazi

It is a sad story involving the death of four Americans during an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya on Sept. 11. We've heard a lot of discussion about "talking points" and the president's failure to prevent the attack in the first place, to deploy forces to protect lives once the compound was under siege and to call the attackers "terrorists."

We haven't heard much about the lives that were saved, or the fact that the Benghazi post was more a CIA operation than a diplomatic one. CIA operatives posing as diplomats are nothing new, but that could explain the need for talking points. I'd like to know more about that than the things congressional committees are investigating.

IRS targets

News of the Internal Revenue Service's treatment of some conservative groups is upsetting, and that issue must be dealt with swiftly and forcefully. …

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