What marks we liberals be: Following Kevin Drum, we’ll cite Greg Sargent’s post concerning the GOP’s possible overreach in pursuit of the current “scandals.”
Liberals are making this happy-talk argument all over the web. What fools we liberals be:
SARGENT (5/21/13): A few of us on the left have been arguing 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.What fools we liberals be!
Now we have a longtime respected nonpartisan observer, Charlie Cook, arguing that this possibility is very real. Cook’s piece, entitled “Republicans’ hatred of Obama blinds them to public disinterest in scandals,” notes that the scandals have not moved the needle at all on Obama’s approval rating, just as happened in 1998.
People like Sargent keep telling us rubes that things worked out fine in 1998. When people like Sargent say things like that, you need to check your history.
Things very much did not work out well in 1998. Democrats gained a few seats in the House. But then, these things also happened:
President Clinton got impeached. His ability to drive any kind of agenda came to a screeching halt.
And not only that:
Most significantly, the mainstream press corps unleashed a bloody war against Candidate Gore, Clinton’s anointed successor. That twenty-month war sent George Bush to the White House.
People like Sargent will not tell you that. But he knows that’s what occurred. He knows that 1998 led to disasters all over the world.
The press backlash to Clinton’s impeachment sent George Bush to the White House. Please don’t tell us that Brother Sargent doesn’t know this is true.
When careerists like Sargent tell pretty tales, they are conning us rubes. If we the rubes will agree with their tale, this means that they the leaders don’t have to fight the powerful inside players who are pushing the current wave of scandals.
The careerists get to sit the scandals out, just exactly as they did when the targets were Clinton, then Gore.
That new poll by the Washington Post is an indictment of weak career players like Sargent. Disgracefully, 60 percent of independents said they think the Obama administration “is trying to cover up the facts” concerning Benghazi. Only 28 percent of independents said they think the administration “is honestly trying to disclose what it knows.”
Those numbers are astounding. Click here and weep.
Those numbers are a tribute to the refusal of people like Maddow, Hayes and Lawrence to stand and fight. When one side fights and the other side runs, voters produce crazy numbers. And yes, those numbers may point the way to very bad future outcomes.
Obama’s approval is still 51 percent! On that basis, we city mice continue to frolic and play. We tell ourselves that we’ve done quite well in the current scandal wars.
We haven’t done well at all! Most specifically, our leaders have disgraced themselves since last September with respect to Benghazi. The children refuse to fight.
Can we talk? In the end, the scandal year of 1998 was a disaster for the world. The aftermath of that horrible year sent George Bush to the White House.
Career liberals have always refused to tell you. This week, you’re again getting played.
What could possibly go wrong this time: The current wave of pseudo-scandals is ginning up Fox voters. This could produce a disaster in next year's off-year elections.
Do you think Benghazi couldn't hurt a future Candidate Clinton? Rubes, please think again.
The children ran and hid for two years while Power invented tales about Gore. They've done the same thing for the past nine months as tales were invented about Susan Rice.
Your corporate-paid leaders won't stand up to Power. Dearest darlings! It just isn't done!