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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Five Reasons Why Focus On Scandals Is Unlikely To Backfire On GOP As In 1998

As multiple scandals have simultaneously engulfed the Obama administration, a number of political observers have cautioned Republicans against overreaching. Liberal blogger Greg Sargent writesover at the Washington Post that, “the current scandal-mania gripping the GOP risks bringing about a rerun of 1998, when the frenzy amid the Monica Lewinsky revelations led the GOP to overreach, resulting in backlash.” Charlie Cook reaches a similar conclusion:
Red-faced Republicans, circling and preparing to pounce on a second-term Democratic president they loathe, do not respect, and certainly do not fear. Sound familiar? Perhaps reminiscent of Bill Clinton’s second term, after the Monica Lewinsky story broke? During that time, Republicans became so consumed by their hatred of Clinton and their conviction that this event would bring him down that they convinced themselves the rest of the country was just as outraged by his behavior as they were.

Though there are some lessons from the 1998 experience, there are also important distinctions. 


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I said "just watch the inquiries and investigations to run rampid" back before Obama was elected for his first term.
This is what Republicans do when they lose. It's happened EVERY time the Republican lost the Presidential election.
Why aren't more people seeing this?
They sit on their thumbs in Washington and WASTE taxpayer money. Look at the investigation now into Apple. They're investigating because "supposedly" Apple is hiding funds in overseas accounts. BUT, they admit that the tax loopholes ALLOW them to do so!
SO, where have they been when it's come to tax reform and closing the loopholes? This discussion has been going on for YEARS and they've chosen not to fix the system, but it's ok to spend millions on "investigations" for THEIR lack of duty!