Calling this the “Obama miracle,” Jonathan Alter marvels at this “a White House Free of Scandal“:
Even so, the president’s Teflon is intriguing. How did we end up in such a scandal-less state? After investigating the question for a recent Washington Monthly article, I’ve been developing some theories.
For starters, the tone is always set at the top. Obama puts a premium on personal integrity, and with a few exceptions (Tim Geithner’s tax problems in 2009) his administration tends to fire first and ask questions later.
Sorry, Jonathan, just checked, Eric Holder still has his job. The administration hasn’t yet fired him. (Maybe that’s why they’re not asking about the numerous questionable actions taken by the Justice Department since he’s been in charge.) Let’s see dismissing the Black Panther case, using ideology as criteria for hiring career employees, authorizing (and apparently covering up) the Fast and Furious probe.
Although Alter tries to brush the Solyndra scandal under the table, we keep hearing of Obama cronies and “bundlers” benefiting from similar federal “green-tech” subsidies.
Alter cites as his source a “metric” created by a progressive blogger and perennial Bush critic, “Brendan Nyhan” who contend “Obama set a record earlier this month for most days without a scandal of any president since 1977.” This got me scratching my head to try to remember all the scandals of the Bush years, especially at this point in his term.
The Obama scandals, by contrast, just keep coming.Just today, Glenn Reynolds linked a story reminding us of Obama’s “lobbyist-connected fundraising” (despite telling us that he’s not taking campaign cash from such folk).
Here, to paraphrase the president is a “little homework assignment” for Mr. Alter. And we haven’t even touched on the administration’s absence of transparency.
NB: Tweaked title.
FROM THE COMMENTS: Obi-Wandreas offers a theory on why Alter may not be aware of these scandals,
The answer is simple: it’s only a scandal if it’s reported.
It reminds me of how the school district in which I teach used to crow about the decrease in suspensions; not a decrease in suspendible offenses, mind you – just a decrease in suspensions.
UPDATE: And let’s not forget the revolving door between industry and the Obama administration (David Axelrod’s contentions notwithstanding).
UP-UPDATE: Having read (and laughed at the same column, NiceDeb provides a list of some of the scandals she’s identified:
Dealergate, DOJ Black Panther whitewash, the Obamafication of NEA art, the Sestak affair, the politically expedient IG Gerald Walpin firing, misspent Porkulous funds, theDOJ’s secret astroturf propaganda unit, the Shorebank scandal, oilgate, Blagojevich Rezko Obama corruption, his unaccountable Communist czars, Fast and Furious, The Gibson Guitar Raid, and now Solyndra and LightSquared.
Now a few of these stories may not have panned out, but you can bet they all would have received more media scrutiny had they taken place during a Republican administration. She also reminds us that Michelle Malkin has often written about the administration’s “culture of corruption.” Maybe we should start up a collection to send Alter a copy of Michelle’s book.
UP–UP-UPDATE: Commenting on the Alter piece, Jazz Shaw quips, “Instead of marveling at the Obama miracle, maybe Alter ought to do a little reporting himself.”