No scandals? Really?

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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.

Miraculous.

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robaroo
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robaroo 11/20/11 - 10:52 pm
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Absolutely shocking! The two

Absolutely shocking! The two parties that have been in power for well over a hundred years are corrupt! Who would have ever thought that all that money would be a temptation?

For the AC editorial staff: Why is that a surprise just now? Could it have anything to do with the "other" party being in control now?

faithson
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faithson 11/20/11 - 11:48 pm
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"As radio host Laura Ingraham

"As radio host Laura Ingraham noted this past week" who listens to what this woman has to say. She is a journalist from Styx (Στύξ), the river of hate.

bajarat
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bajarat 11/21/11 - 12:03 am
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The Comrade ObaMao Regime is

The Comrade ObaMao Regime is corrupt to the core... just like the Bush Regime was. Problem? Both parties have been co-opted by the global elite, the loathsome banksters, the Trilateral Commission, the CFR, the Bilderberg Group, and on and on. Their agenda has been the same for decades. Comrade O may appear to be the most corrupt... but remember; this is the end game. Are ya PO'ed yet America?

faithson
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faithson 11/21/11 - 12:17 am
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HERE'S YOUR REAL SCANDAL

HERE'S YOUR REAL SCANDAL PEOPLE, HOW DOES THIS GUY QUALIFY, HOW?
George Will Excoriates Gingrich’s Influence Peddling: ‘He’s The Classic Rental Politician’
Gingrich is reeling from revelations that he was paid over a million dollars to peddle influence for failed mortgage giant Freddie Mac. Even disgraced former Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff has called Gingrich “corrupt[].”
By Alex Seitz-Wald

faithson
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faithson 11/21/11 - 12:27 am
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THE BIGGEST SCANDAL OF ALL IS

THE BIGGEST SCANDAL OF ALL IS THIS ONE...
As Murray told Crowley, referring to Grover Norquist’s pledge against tax increases, “As long as we have some Republican lawmakers who feel more enthralled with a pledge they took to a Republican lobbyist than they do to a pledge to the country to solve the problems, this is going to be hard to do.”

Vito45
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Vito45 11/21/11 - 01:48 am
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I saw that clip on 60

I saw that clip on 60 minutes. I think it speaks more to the gutless politicians who are worried more about getting re-elected than doing the right thing. I don't really know if some tax increases are right or not, but I wouldn't base my decision out of fear of GN's organization ousting me. At least I could go back home and sleep well knowing I had done my best for my constituents and this country.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/21/11 - 05:07 am
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Obama bailed out the Auto

Obama bailed out the Auto Workers Union pensions with taxpayer money. Thus, nonunion workers who make less than those in the union will help pay them. It kind of pays to be in the party in a Soviet Union type way. In every union hall there are pictures of him in a way reminiscent of 1970's countries with communist leaders pictures plastered everywhere.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/21/11 - 05:15 am
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What GN said was those

What GN said was those politicians who promised no tax increases were promising the people, not him. It's the people who punish those who keep taxing and spending.

I hear all this about how things will fall apart if we don't have this that government agency, but I look at South Carolina when they had to drastically cut back on highway patrolmen. The roads didn't suddenly become Nascar tracks with chaotic traffic jams. Things kept moving along pretty much the same as always.

copperhead
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copperhead 11/21/11 - 05:53 am
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hussein is the teflon pres.

hussein is the teflon pres. nothing sticks

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/21/11 - 06:18 am
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vito said... but I wouldn't

vito said...
but I wouldn't base my decision out of fear of GN's organization ousting me. At least I could go back home and sleep well knowing I had done my best for my constituents and this country.

I have to agree vito..

carcraft
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carcraft 11/21/11 - 06:37 am
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Of course the "Press", LOL if

Of course the "Press", LOL if you can call them that, haven't jumped on Robert Kennedy Jr, the company Brigth Source and the $1.4 billion dollar energy loan constructed by an Obama bundler named Wagle who got a job at the Department of energy. No mention of Light Squared and pressure put on military officers to change their testamony..I know Bush did it, but why elect Obama if all we get is Bush 3.0? No mention of the fact that one of the energy guy Steve Spinner, who over saw loans to Solyndra, will Steve's wife, Allison, His wife's law firm got a couple of million for the Solyndra loan! No corruption BWAHAHAHAHAH

RunningMan
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RunningMan 11/21/11 - 06:50 am
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Actually, I was thinking the

Actually, I was thinking the same thing a few days ago. Who would have ever thought, 3 years into his presidency, there has been no mention of another woman, the daughters out drinking under age, money under the table, etc. Its refreshing to see he has not spent an ounce of time not earning the trust of those who elected him into office. And trust me, if it was out there, someone would have found it by now. And for others to suggest the press is covering up for him, shows just how small minded you have become. This guy is simply trying to do a job without the issues that has taken away the effectiveness of other politicians. Live with it and stop trying to make something out of nothing....you are simply wasting you time.

carcraft
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carcraft 11/21/11 - 07:28 am
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3 years in to his presidency

3 years in to his presidency and the deficit has doubled (Obama promised to cut it in half). 3 years into his presidency and unemployment is the longest sustained unemployment since the great depression, still over 9% dispite Obama's promise that it would not reach over 8% if the simulus bill were passed. 3 yearss into his presidency and his bundler buddy Jon Corzine is on the lam with over 600 million in invstor funds missing dispite Obama and the Democrats promis to "fix Wall Street". I have to go but I could continue for a long time on the broken promises and lies during Obama's 3 years in office! LOL

Jon Lester
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Jon Lester 11/21/11 - 07:35 am
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You guys bemoan the failure
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You guys bemoan the failure of hysterical conservative media accusations of Obama scandals to manifest into actionable cases with real evidence, yet your only purpose is to further convince the "authoritarian followers" among your readership to continue supporting a party that is run entirely by self-aggrandizing personalities, some of whose arrogance exceeds their ability to scrupulously cover their own tracks.

wondersnevercease
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wondersnevercease 11/21/11 - 07:42 am
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LOL...wow sounds like barry
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LOL...wow sounds like barry and his crew of idiots.....

"self-aggrandizing personalities, some of whose arrogance exceeds their ability to scrupulously cover their own tracks."

TParty
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TParty 11/21/11 - 07:43 am
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What makes Ginrich fun is

What makes Ginrich fun is that he went on TV demanding Obama return what money he received from Freddie Mac, because that company is basically the face of the economy collapsing. It's funny because of how much money Newt made advising the company.

But yeah, it's weird how nothing sticks to Obama. Remember when he called that police officer stupid for trying to do his job? Or the photo op of his plane flying low around New York City? This Fast and Furious thing is horrible, on par with what Regan did and it should being Obama down. The Solyndra just stinks of cronyism.

Solyndra and Freddie Mac illustrate the need to remove so much money from politics, and we can start with the Supreme Court ruling that corporations are people. When the loyalty of politicians is not to their country but rather their investments and own pockets, it's obvious who will suffer.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 11/21/11 - 08:16 am
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AC, do you really expect the
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AC, do you really expect the lame stream media will badmouth the annointed one? Don't make me laugh. You might as well expect the liberal pukes in Hollywood to badmouth him. In other words...IT AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN! Time to move on.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 11/21/11 - 09:19 am
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It is not the scandals that

It is not the scandals that hurt; Clinton’s term showed us that. What does hurt however, is the constant drumbeat in the media of negative news. Remember hearing and reading at every juncture about “worst economy since the Great Depression?” when Clinton was running against G.H.W. Bush? The figures today are TWICE as bad in terms of unemployment- not a peep. Who benefits?
While Bush was in office and while Obama ran, there was a segment on all five evening news dedicated to the casualties of the wars. Seen one lately? Who benefits?
We were constantly being told how the national debt had increased by 50% over the eight years of G. W. Bush’s term, while the press seems to have no interest in how it doubled under the current regime. Who benefits?
How quickly did “..back of the bus.. And …we won, get over it” move off the pages when the Democrats controlled both branches? When the Republicans took the House, there was a unanimous call for cooperation and bipartisanship. Who benefited?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/21/11 - 09:25 am
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Runningman, so what was the

Runningman, so what was the hint of scandal with Bush? His daughters drank a little before they turned 21? God help us.

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Willow Bailey 11/21/11 - 09:43 am
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runningman, Are you serious,

runningman, Are you serious, the kids are 10 and 12! As to womanizing, don't make us laugh; and read some of Michelle's publishings. The real scandals, though, are his politics.

noamsain
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noamsain 11/21/11 - 09:38 am
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Hey dstewartsr, I couldn't

Hey dstewartsr, I couldn't have said it better myself...you are exactly right...

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harley_52 11/21/11 - 09:50 am
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Runningman said "And trust

Runningman said "And trust me, if it was out there, someone would have found it by now. And for others to suggest the press is covering up for him, shows just how small minded you have become."

Google "Larry Sinclair Obama" and see what you get.

It's "out there," Runningman, and the press is covering it up.

"Small minded," indeed.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 11/21/11 - 09:56 am
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You lefties, Stop It. I
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You lefties, Stop It. I thought mothers were here to teach you right from wrong. My bad.

allhans
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allhans 11/21/11 - 10:19 am
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RunningMan, Have you seen the

RunningMan, Have you seen the Michelle? He wouldn't dare.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 11/21/11 - 10:23 am
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Yaaaaaaawn.

Yaaaaaaawn.

allhans
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allhans 11/21/11 - 10:25 am
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Monday morning.

Monday morning.

kissofdeath
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kissofdeath 11/21/11 - 10:31 am
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Whe Gingrich said the

Whe Gingrich said the Democratic Congressman Barney Frank should be in jail for being " Close to" lobbyists at Freddie Mac, he somehow forget to mention that he was paid handsomely by the same organization. He's now connected to Freddie Mac, long seen by Republicans as Freddy Krueger

harley_52
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harley_52 11/21/11 - 10:38 am
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The only thing new about the

The only thing new about the hypocrisy of the press is that it's now pretty much out in the open. Having become so blatant that it was impossible to deny, some now make no longer make any pretense of fairness in reporting.

I think FoxNews (Fair and Balanced) had a lot to do with it, and so did GWB.

The other aspect is that to a committed ultra-lefty, it simply doesn't matter what the Obama Administration does wrong. What's important is that the ultra-left remain in power and anything that might detract from that goal is simply not reported, or is trivialized or obscured.

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Carleton Duvall 11/21/11 - 10:53 am
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Harley, I had planned to just

Harley, I had planned to just be an observer today but then I googled Larry Sinclair Obama as you suggested. WOW!!

TParty
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TParty 11/21/11 - 11:48 am
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Unconstitutional

Unconstitutional assassination of American citizens without due process
Extension of of wars
Relentless prosecution of whistle blowers
Refusal to prosecute investment bankers for well documented fraud, while also receiving the largest sum of political contributions yet recorded from the same financial institutions.

That's just a quick glazing over of the most egregious scandals for Obama...

Has the bar of what constitutes a scandal has been raised to the level of genocide?

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