Is there electoral gold in Solyndra?

The feds' probe into the collapse of a green-tech firm favored by the White House could spell trouble for Team Obama in 2012

Edward Morrissey

Despite President Barack Obama's steep decline in job approval, especially this summer, the president has commanded a remarkable reserve of high personal regard from voters. Even as the polls show him approaching the kind of job support last seen with his predecessor George W. Bush in the post-Katrina era, Obama has not had to deal with significant levels of personal dislike in national surveys. Generally, voters respond favorably on questions of personal integrity and political motivation, which presents a tougher challenge to Obama's Republican opponents than Democrats faced in 2006 and 2008.

Obama has earned those high personal-quality ratings by avoiding scandal. A strong family man, the president has given no hint of bad behavior, and his Cabinet and White House staff have similarly offered no reason to suspect any misdeeds. It's been one of the quietest White Houses on the scandal front in recent memory — but that may have changed with the implosion of a politically-connected green-tech firm in Northern California, and the apparent disappearing act of more than $500 million in taxpayer funds.

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Edward Morrissey

Edward Morrissey has been writing about politics since 2003 in his blog, Captain's Quarters, and now writes for His columns have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Post, The New York Sun, the Washington Times, and other newspapers. Morrissey has a daily Internet talk show on politics and culture at Hot Air. Since 2004, Morrissey has had a weekend talk radio show in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and often fills in as a guest on Salem Radio Network's nationally-syndicated shows. He lives in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota with his wife, son and daughter-in-law, and his two granddaughters. Morrissey's new book, GOING RED, will be published by Crown Forum on April 5, 2016.