A recent San Francisco Chronicle headline on a Jonathan Alter column gloriously trumpeted “The Obama Miracle, a White House Free of Scandal.”
They may be right. When multiple scandals blossom right under your nose and you can’t catch their scent, it’s somewhat miraculous.
No scandals? Really? Or is it just the media’s highly selective scandal-detecting? Such as trying to ramp up a scandal in the fact that GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich once was, legally and ethically, a consultant for quasi-public mortgage giant Freddie Mac.
Oooo, they really got him there!
As radio host Laura Ingraham noted this past week, the media have jumped all over the Gingrich story – while the growing Solyndra scandal was unfolding its toxic petals right under the media’s nose.
Likewise, the media have shown only mild interest in the Obama administration’s “Fast and Furious” scandal – in which federal authorities knowingly allowed some 2,500 high-powered weapons to make it to violent Mexican drug cartels, leading to the death of at least one Border Patrol agent, Brian Terry.
They had a fund-raiser in Arizona over last weekend to raise money so Terry’s family could make it to Washington to testify at hearings on the scandal. If the media had shown the appropriate interest in the case, the fund-raiser might not have been necessary; Americans might have sent the family money spontaneously.
It’s not at all minor to ask who in the administration knew about the botched and brainless operation; and how out-to-lunch Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security director Janet Napolitano have, themselves, tried to appear in the case.
These are two very big scandals – one in which lives have been lost, and another in which some $500 million in taxpayer funds have been lost. And in each case, what administration officials have written, said and done doesn’t pass the smell test.
In Fast and Furious, your attorney general can’t even be straight about when he learned of the program: He testified to Congress last May, under oath, that “I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks.” Documents show he was briefed on it as long ago as July 2010.
That a sitting attorney general of these United States has provided such contradictory testimony is, itself, scandalous. It smells of a cover-up – and the throwing of others under the bus.
As for Solyndra, this scandal gets worse seemingly with each passing day. Not only did this administration use some $500 million in taxpayer guarantees keep the solar-panel maker afloat for a while – it ultimately went bankrupt – but the loan also coincidentally benefited big Obama campaign contributors.
Moreover, interestingly, documents now show that the Obama Energy Department actually pleaded with Solyndra to delay its layoff news until after last November’s election. So the administration wanted to keep us in the dark until then. Nice.
Documents also indicate the bureaucrats at Energy threw you under the bus too – telling investors that if they kept pumping money into this loser company (which Obama had championed in a triumphant visit), then the investors would be put in front of taxpayers in bankruptcy court efforts to get any money back. Nice.
And also quite scandalous. The administration was using taxpayer money to reward contributors and propagate a fiction that it was investing our money wisely in solar energy. One report alleges that “at least 10 members of Obama’s finance committee and more than a dozen of his campaign bundlers took money from administration loan programs.”
If true, this president is accepting campaign cash and turning around and paying it back with taxpayer money.
Nope. No scandals. Nothing to see here.