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Ed Driscoll

Jonah Goldberg, in his latest G-File, has a brief rundown on “Scandalclipse” (in-between details of sharing a pantless drive through Cleveland with Samir the taxi driver and some thoughts on why Elizabeth Warren should throw her faux-Indian war bonnet into the ring):

Have you noticed that basically the only way this White House can get out from under one scandal or controversy is by getting crushed by another? The White House was reeling from the VA scandal, which is why they rolled out the Bergdahl news. They didn’t expect that the Bergdahl story would become so controversial; fortunately they were rescued by the June 6 news of thousands of immigrant children showing up at the border. Hey, quick question: I can’t get my kid out of an airport without her getting messy. Isn’t it strange that all of these kids seem to show up, after a 1,000-mile journey looking so spiffy? Anyway, the immigrant-kid story was pretty brutal for the White House; fortunately they were rescued three days later by the news that ISIS had taken Mosul. The “Who Lost Iraq?” narrative isn’t great for the White House either, which is why it might have been a relief when the IRS announced on June 13 that they lost Lois Lerner’s e-mails.

In an article a year ago in the New York Post, Glenn Reynolds added up the IRS scandal alongside the Obama administration’s other debacles, including Benghazi, its journalist-snooping scandal, and Kathleen Sebelius’ shakedown of the healthcare industry before asking, “Tired already?”

I don’t blame you, and I haven’t even mentioned the Pigford scandal, involving payments out of the Treasury’s “Judgment Fund” as part of a settlement scheme that seems rather iffy, even to The New York Times.

I’m reminded of the old “dense pack” missile-basing idea from the 1980s: The idea was to put missile silos close enough together that if one was hit by an atomic bomb, the mushroom cloud would protect the other silos from incoming attacks.

Likewise, it’s argued, by bringing all these scandals out at once — the IRS scandal actually first hit the news thanks to a question planted by IRS official Lois Lerner — the Obama administration may have a few bad weeks, but ensures by the sheer proliferation of scandal that no one of these will get the attention it deserves.

That might work, if you think of scandals as things that, like Watergate, knock out a presidency. But most don’t. The proliferation of scandal in most administrations — think George W. Bush or Bill Clinton — is more like acid rain. There’s no knockout, just an erosion of popularity and clout.

It’s sort of like the old 1980s video game, “Missile Command,” where the number of warheads raining down from the skies starts off slowly and, by the end, increase exponentially, to where even the Flash couldn’t move fast enough to fend them all off, and the player’s cities are eventually all leveled in a hail of radioactive mushroom clouds.* Similarly, the Obama administration long ago cynically calculated that the media will be happy to cover for their party leader, which they fought so tirelessly to elect and re-elect, and if not, well, more scandals, corruption and foreign policy disasters work better to overwhelm the news cycle than fewer.

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You can tell by the grouchiness in much of the big media right now that while they're doing their darnedest to keep Obama in the most favorable light as possible, they're not happy about it -- if you had probed their minds 5 1/2-6 years ago about what 2014 would hold, most of them would have assumed they would be throwing rose petals and writing sonnets about Obama's vanquishing of the conservative demons by now. Instead, they've been sourced with the ongoing task of spraying Febreeze all around the elephants' cage, as the zookeeper keeps feeding the pachyderms a diet of olestra-filled Mexican food.

They really want to get on to the Hillary Administration, or if you're a more progressive type, the Warren Administration and/or Tribal Council. As for the president, just as he came into Washington believing his only job was to give speeches, order some program to be enacted and then, once everyone else has done the work, give another speech taking credit for it, so he may think that others are responsible for doing his legacy building, and there's no reason not to assume the Democrats will win in 2016, because whomever their nominee is will have Obama as president while they're running for the White House.
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Obama is, was and always will be a grifter, a con man. He made 50+% of American voters and the country's over-educated sh*t-for-brains media his marks. Remember the old adage about con men not being able to make anyone believe their ruse but their true skill was finding people who WANTED to believe it? Barack Obama, to a T.
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Hyperdrive? No, we've gone past hyperdrive straight to Ludicrous speed.
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"As to squandering that legacy, in the years to come, sociologists and historians will marvel at the level of mass delusion (or worse) in 2007 and 2008 that swept much of America "
You forget that most of those historians and socialogists are leftists. They will rewrite the history and cover for obama far better than the leftie media has, and he will wind up looking like Abe Lincoln. And who will know, other than the few of us left who remember what really happened. It will be like 1984, we never were at war with Eastasia, and the Obama administration was a tremendous success, with not a smidgion of scandal.
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Dense Pack theory applies to political lies. Long ago, an outright lie damaged a politician. The line was that politicians were almost all honorable, truthful men working for the common good.

Political entrepreneurs like Obama found, amazingly, that "dense pack" worked. Politicians now lie openly and say they are working to bring back money to their states and districts. The wider good doesn't exist. The public congratulates itself for being sophisticated. "Of course my politician lies to gain advantage over the opposition. But, he doesn't lie to me; I know what he means and I understand his loyalty to the cause."

A small problem. There is no reason or analysis in a world of lies. All loyalty and support becomes tribal. "My guys are angels and your guys are filth." The people are betrayed in the end. They think that crooks and liars are somehow working for their benefit.

I Invested With Bernie Madoff Because I Knew He Was Cheating [http://easyopinions.blogspot.com/2008/12/investing-with-bernie-madoff.html]
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[edited] Many Wall Streeters suspected Bernie Madoff was cheating, so why did these smart and skeptical investors give money to him? They assumed Madoff was illegally trading for their benefit on inside information from his market-making business. They didn't consider that he was running an old-fashioned Ponzi scheme, stealing their money.
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The city of Detroit was a Democrat paradise of strong unions, generous city pensions, welfare benefits, and public projects employing the connected. Why did it suddenly collapse in bankruptcy and physical ruin?

No one can spread the truth in an organization of lies. An individual may see something that is outrageously false, but he can't know if this is an error or a protected lie of upper management. The more false it is, the more likely it is protected. He will be silent. Someone else will have to correct the problem. The company or government eventually fails.

Is this a problem for you personally? Think of the advice about poker games: If you don't know who the patsy is after 30 minutes, then you are the patsy.

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Just out of curiosity, would Obama still have a Secret Service protection detail in prison?
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Yes, as mind-bogglingly incredible as it sounds, and after giving the country a disease called the Obama administration, this guy honestly believes that it’s still possible for him to have a legacy. The evident relief on O’s face when he announced that O-care had its six millionth—fudge a million or two—enrollee says it all.

O’s lying teleprompter is more likely to have a legacy.
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Obama WILL have a legacy:

Decades of problems if not outright chaos from uncontrolled immigration -- and that's an optimistic read. What if we go down the ethnic cleansing road? Can there be a shining city on a hill overlooking mass graves?

Doubling of the national debt -- and maybe far worse than that. If tomorrow a mega-crisis falls upon us we will not be able to borrow the money to pay for what's needed.

Whatever consequences flow from gutting our military.

Plus the consequences from the precedent that a president can make policy unilaterally if Congress doesn't agree with him.

And a civil service with rot at all levels from frequent injections of politicized hires. It's NOT just at the political appointee level: Those people are steering lower level jobs to people they're comfortable with, and those are career positions.

He may yet get to replace a conservative Supreme Court justice and he's certainly filling the lower levels of the federal bench with 'his' people.

Even at best few readers will outlast Obama's legacy.
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the scandals we know are bad enough. I wonder just how many of these commie schemes we don't know about. when you see people making outlandish excuses, unwarranted secrecy, denial of hidden agendas and calling truth seekers nasty names, you can bet there is progressive mischief afoot.

not really off topic, but if you want to get in on investigating some of this administration's strange doings, lately many of us wicked people have been looking into sandy hook. so many questions - so few answers. might I suggest the (heavily redacted) pix of the inside of the school released as part of the original state police report, and the 911 calls (if they haven't been destroyed, like the school) as a good place to start. the pix were taken the following day. for those of you familiar w/ grammar schools w/ 500 (+/-) students, it should be very interesting viewing. fyi, there is a school inspector already in trouble w/ the law (including threats) for questioning how such an unprepared school could have had students attending.

remember, sandy hook has been repeatedly used as another excuse for gun control laws, like fast & furious was initially planned to be used. pls, always keep an open mind.

hint: anyone ever seen a (non-Jewish) u.s. grammar school in mid-December where the walls/windows weren't covered w/ Christmas drawings?
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I'd like to float a proposal here. The House of Representatives should request, by majority vote, that the District Court of DC appoint a Special Grand Jury to investigate the IRS' criminal behavior. The Grand Jury system is established by the fifth amendment and predates the existence of the Department of Justice. A grand jury has the power to indict, on its own, by majority vote. It can subpoena witnesses, take secret testimony, and punish failure to testify. Normally, today, grand juries are convened by the Justice Department, but the system does not require that. The court can convene a Grand Jury on its own, supervised by a presiding judge, to perform an independent investigation. Here, I believe that such an investigation is warranted.
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Have you suggested this to your Representative?
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No, but you're right, I should touch the base. The guy's a flaming progressive, however?
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Among the big losers are the MSM reporters and their Editors who sold their souls swallowing (and now feverishly shoring up) Obama's snake oil side-show. Whatever comes next, their credibility (which is the stock and trade of every journalist) is non existent.
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Their credibility is done with us, but we were skeptical anyway. What about your typical low info voter, you know the idiots they interview on waters world, who dont even know who the vice president is, but know every current pop star. Will they even realize they are being constantly lied to, or even care.
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Huh? None of these 'O'Bamma' scandals are mentioned in Wikipedia? I'm shocked!
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