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May 16, 2013

"Even more significant scandals can lack political punch. "

Perhaps that is because by attempting to quickly topple the president and short-cut a path the White House, the attackers end up distracting themselves from their own primary mission: discrediting the president's ideology and substantive agenda in the eyes of the public, and elevating their own."" -- Why scandal politics don't work - The Week

Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 16, 2013 10:35 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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More depressing is that the real purpose, in the eyes of those blinded by the search for power, is not to fix the corrupt system, but to take it over.

This is why Hillary was allowed to testify without being under oath in january. This is why Fast and Furious is still unresolved and Eric Holder was slapped with meaningless contempt charge and not jail time for obstruction. The politicians don't want to make corruption prosecutable since that would subject them to prosecution when/if they ever retake power themselves.

I'd liken it to the professional sports. When playing against each other, they play for blood. But when cheating is exposed - whether it is the taping of other teams or the use of performance enhancing/mind-body destroying drugs - it is subject to intense internal debate just how far to take the remedy.

Take it too far and the product is diminished. Expose to much and the fans may figure out the game is rigged.

No, the key is to make it look like you care, sacrifice a few goats and toss around a few fines, and count on the media whose lifeblood is access to cover up the real problems.

Once they move on - in sports by the closing or opening of s new season, in politics due to another crisis or the completion of another election - then the parasites can all go back to feeding on a populace that is to distracted to realize they are the hosts.

Posted by: dan at May 16, 2013 11:53 AM

So Mr. Sher has reduced; an Executive Branch cover up of the deaths of an US Ambassador and three other Americans, ideological obstruction, intrusion and intimidation by the IRS and possible illegal wiretaps of the media by the Justice Department, to “politics”.

All the while using comparisons regarding blowjobs and pictures of naked prisoners. And for full effect splashing up a picture of Richard Nixon. He who authorized a burglary of…wait for it…campaign papers. The horror.

With all due respect to Mr. Sher, go fuck yourself.

Posted by: tim at May 16, 2013 12:09 PM

THis isn't hurting the president at all, nobody is considering Obama as any less or worse a guy than they already did. I suspect that's because his supporters think less of him as a political leader and president then a bitchen celebrity anyway. Its not like you'd expect Brad Pitt or Taylor Swift to be great at the job either, you'd not be surprised to find they did it poorly or were just out of the loop. But they're so coooooooollll....

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at May 16, 2013 2:47 PM

The rule is if Democrats did it, it's not that big of a deal. If Republicans talked about doing it we have the mother of all scandals. Once Obama comes up with an excuse for the scandal the media will back off, relocate their pie-holes to Obama's a-hole and never again tolerate being told they are too easy on Obama. They will point to the 1.3 tough questions they asked him recently.

If you try to discover why one scandal is huge and another similar scandal is less than a blip by analyzing the details of the two episodes you are not learning from history, you are imposing reason on unreasonable events. Doing this will keep you confused for the future scandals and non-scandals.

If you try to activate the commielibs' internal guilt due to unfair treatment you have really lost touch with reality and have really not learned a damn thing from the last 100 years.

Posted by: Scott M at May 17, 2013 12:42 AM

Thanks iri! Wish it had been something inspiring, that would cause all who read it to rush outside ready to grab life by the lapels and give it a big kiss.

Instead, it makes me want to stock up on food, water, pepper spray, and anti-depressants.

Posted by: dan at May 17, 2013 7:11 AM

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