Here it comes.
Three different ‘scandals’ sucking up the oxygen in the political room. My throat is tightening, my head is bobbing and my face is turning green. Can I say I don’t appear like this normally? I wonder who it is making it so darn difficult to breathe . .
Warning to reporters and sources: Assume all your communications are being monitored. Time to move back to the parking garage #longhotsummer
— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) May 13, 2013
. . and it’s people like this. Matt Drudge. He’s the Walter Cronkite of conservative news, except with integrity. For conservatives, respect for journalism is a commodity traded in a marketplace absent of facts, accuracy or courage. And when Matt tells you that the government is targeting him . .
. . even though he doesn’t know what a phone tap is, he’s got the essential story right. He’s got the paranoia inherent in it. And that’s what you need to know in times like these, when they’re lining up to impeach the President, whether you like it or not.
D.C. turns on Obama
Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei | Politico
The town is turning on President Obama – and this is very bad news for this White House.
More indications that the ‘scandal’ mess has become deadly serious business.
Republicans have waited five years for the moment to put the screws to Obama – and they have one-third of all congressional committees on the case now. Establishment Democrats, never big fans of this president to begin with, are starting to speak out. And reporters are tripping over themselves to condemn lies, bullying and shadiness in the Obama administration.
Buy-in from all three D.C. stakeholders is an essential ingredient for a good old fashioned Washington pile-on — so get ready for bad stories and public scolding to pile-up.
Here we go. One: The leviathans who run Politico report on it. Two: Everyone in Washington (why not all of America, guys? [just you give us a couple of months, wink]) agrees with them. Or at least agrees with their gossip, which is to say the breaking news they concocted on the spot. Three: The need for serious reporting is so pressing that the headlines are outsourced to metaphors. [Note: The Founding Fathers originally meant to establish the bar for impeachment at “high crimes and political fads” but wondered if the latter tilted toward the abstract.]
And how about that snazzy sub-hed? “Obama’s holier-than-thou rhetoric has left him with little reservoir of good will.” Do Jimmie and Mikey back up their journalism with quotes from anybody with any power in Washington? Anyone who could detail what and who exactly were “holier,” if not “thou”? No. But is that really what you want? Or is it this?
Armageddon For Prezzo As O’Bam Cast Out By Political High Priests
A LITURGY OF CARDINAL SINS AND HOLIER-THAN-THOU BEHAVIOR
Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei | Politico
I thought so. Snazzy. That’s what you want to see when the lunatic 27%, plus the gullible Americans who presume they’ve been reading journalism, start lining up to impeach the President, whether you like it or not.
You wanna know another signal that it’s beginning to get real? When the press go out of their way to warn you that the press know it’s only a matter of time:
Once the dogs are released, they bark, they bite and it takes a very long time to calm them down. . . Read Tuesday morning editorial pages of every paper for a taste of things to come. Or watch a rerun of Tuesday’s “Morning Joe,” in which reporters made it sound like Obama is a latter-day Richard Nixon.
“And it goes beyond even the story,” National Journal’s Ron Fournier, who covered the Clinton and Bush scandals and was once the AP Washington bureau chief, said on the show. “One common thing with Benghazi and the IRS scandal, is we’re being misled every day. We were lied to on Benghazi, on the talking points behind Benghazi, for months. We were lied to by the IRS for months and now they’re sending a clear message to our sources:
‘Don’t embarrass the administration or we’re coming after you.’”
The great Ron Fournier has come down with a case of Scandoliosis. It’s a disease that causes corruption to appear upon the body politic. Or it’s a disease that causes vicious lying, media malfeasance and Vince Foster’s left-handed corpse to caper as journalism, making it look as if a scandal lurked nearby. No one knows how the one causes the other any more, we’re only aware the disease starts after ninety-nine bureau chiefs appear on Morning Joe and cry out “They’re lying! Deep Throat is my bartender!”
But lo, the truths are not those, but these. And they are sad because they are facts and could stop a dazzling impeachment in its tracks. The administration came clean about the botched-up Benghazi talking points right after the attack, not months later. Not even a month later. The underlying crime was the attack by the terrorist militia and nothing more. The IRS did screw up, but Tea Partiers ended up with their tax-free designations anyway. No harm was done. And the DOJ feared they had a high-end CIA leak who detailed the role of an Al Qaeda operative in Yemen placed there by Saudi intelligence — two three breathe– and whom the Associated Press uncovered with their reporting. This prompted the phone-logs judicial overreach, which is, also, in addition, after all, not a crime.
But who will listen to me? I’m hardly Walter Winchell. It’s the journalists we charge with the awesome responsibility of knowing when it’s really the proper time, to line up and impeach the President, whether we like it or not.