Two Very Different Views on Obama Scandals
They're either fizzling or the worst 'since Watergate'
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2013 9:12 AM CDT
President Obama speaks at Manor New Technology High School in Texas on May 9.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – Supporters of President Obama will be glad to read that all three of the scandals that have dominated headlines this week look like they're fizzling. So writes Ezra Klein at the Washington Post. Obama's detractors, though, can take heart to learn that "we are in the midst of the worst Washington scandal since Watergate," according to Peggy Noonan at the Wall Street Journal. Samples from each:

  • Klein: He assesses the IRS, AP-Justice Department, and Benghazi stories and concludes that "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." On the IRS, for example, there's no evidence to suggest any direct link from the agents who went after conservatives to the White House. All three could change if new revelations emerge, "but the trend line so far is clear: The more information we get, the less these actually look like scandals." Click the full post for details on each.

  • Noonan: She begs to differ in a big way, at least when it comes to the IRS and Justice Department stories. Both "have left the administration's credibility deeply, probably irretrievably damaged. They don't look jerky now, they look dirty." And this is no mere "partisan slugfest," she writes. "This is about the integrity of our system of government and our ability to trust, which is to say our ability to function." Click for the full post.

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May 19, 2013 1:13 PM CDT
"This is about the integrity of our system of government and our ability to trust, which is to say our ability to function," ..... I thought she was talking about the Obama administration? Why drag the Bush presidency into this....
May 19, 2013 12:19 PM CDT
"We hang petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office." ~Aesop, Greek slave & fable author
May 18, 2013 1:12 PM CDT
Republican march to the White House in 2016 has already began with this triple shot to the gut of Liberalism and its really fun to watch the rats scramble for position. They're even lying to each other now and it gets worse on a daily basis. Is Obama's house of cards starting to crumble? I hope it doesn't get worse. Another triple shot next week will prove the undoing of the entire Dremocratic party. No media onslaught can overtake the obvious stupidty we've witnessed since Nixon. What kind of leader distances himself from his troops with words like "I didn't know anyhting was going on" or "I'm just as surprised as you are". He's running out of people to blame at the bottom ranks and soon the whistle blowers will surface with even greater scandals. Everyone wants to get on You Tube or Twitter to make their mark and if they can sink Obama along the way, so be it. I'm staying glued to the TV next week in anticipation of a blockbuster news release about the further stupidty of the Democrats. Remember, they're the same party that dropped the Atomic bomb. See where that's gotten us. Iran, N. Korea, Pakistan, and any other goofs that would gladly blow up Americans.