Republicans are still pining for a real Obama administration scandal

Congressional Republicans simply cannot accept that Obama's hands are clean. Witness the latest turn in the IRS "scandal."

Searching for Obama's skeletons.
(Image credit: REUTERS/Carlos Barria)

In recent history, a two-term presidency has usually meant the appearance, often in that president's sixth year in office, of a major scandal. The reasons are as unique as the scandals themselves, but what it comes down to is that it's hard to stay in the White House for eight years without something going terribly wrong, whether from the president's own arrogance or venality, or the simple size and complexity of the executive branch. Put a few thousand of your friends and allies into government, give them power and influence, and after a while somebody somewhere is going to do something awful. So Nixon had Watergate, Reagan had Iran-Contra, Clinton had Lewinsky, and Bush had the selling of the Iraq War (a slightly different case, but worse in most ways).

But Barack Obama will be president for less than eight more months, and he's had only piddling little scandalettes. This continues to drive Republicans absolutely batty.

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