Dear Republicans: No One Cares About These Scandals
Charlie Cook: Polls indicate actual voters don't care about Benghazi or the IRS
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2013 12:25 PM CDT
President Barack Obama.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(Newser) – So-called "scandals" like Benghazi, the IRS, and AP phone record seizures have dominated political discourse in recent weeks. And yet, polls find Obama's approval rating hasn't wavered. Maybe these issues will eventually gain traction with voters, says Charlie Cook in the National Journal—but maybe regular people just don't care. "Republicans and conservatives who are so consumed by these 'scandals' should ask themselves why, despite wall-to-wall media attention and the constant focus inside the Beltway—some are even talking about grounds for impeachment—Obama's job-approval needle hasn't moved," he writes.

Perhaps voters are more focused on the slowly strengthening economy, improving housing market, and stock market highs. Or maybe "the people and businesses polled have written off Washington as a political cesspool, and so these stories don’t affect them much." Either way, he writes, "one wonders how long Republicans are going to bark up this tree, perhaps the wrong tree, while they ignore their own party’s problems, which were shown to be profound in the most recent elections." Click to read Cook's full column.

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keeper79
May 28, 2013 10:07 PM CDT
Of course "actual voters" (whatever that means) do not care about these scandals. If it is ok for the Almighty Government to lie, cheat, steal, and murder then that makes it ok for the "actual criminals" to do the same. I personally am going to turn in my next tax return blank with the phase "What difference does it make?" written across it. I hope every other good American "actual voter" follows the Excellent example of the Government and does the same thing.
keeper79
May 28, 2013 10:02 PM CDT
Texron, this if for you. You are the perfect example of what government does for us. Please can I send you a dictionary. With every post you submit you reaffirm just how good a job the government is doing. (FYI that was Sarcasm). I know it is not your fault. You are a victim of an incompetent government who believes they know best how to educate us, feed us, clothe us, insure us, protect us.... I do not pretend to believe or claim the Republicans have all the answers but really, do you think what they are doing to us is actually good? We as Americans should take pride in our heritage, our beliefs, our LANGUAGE...
KDickley
May 26, 2013 2:09 PM CDT
Well, I am ashamed to be a Democrat, but I care about about all these scandals. The mainstream media are cheerleaders for the Obama administration and will not give the American people the facts, so of course most citizens are stupid and uninformed. That is why they reelected an asshole who doesn't like America or what it stands for. The Democrat party should be held responsible for the murders that resulted in that lyin' SOB Eric Holder and the "Fast & Furious " gun running scheme. And the IRS targeting of Fox News, the only news organization that isn't afraid to tell the truth. If GWB had done any of the things the Obama administration has gotten away with, he would have been crucified by the media and all the sheep who are too lazy to search for the facts.