Bob Barr

If Richard Nixon were alive today, he would likely be fielding midnight phone calls from Barack Obama. Not since Richard Nixon was driven from office by the Watergate scandal four decades ago, has the American public been privy to such an unfolding spectacle of scandal and corruption in a presidential administration. From “Operation Fast and Furious,” to the Benghazi debacle and cover-up, to the IRS harassment of conservative organizations, to the Department of Justice campaign against the Associated Press, and now reports the Department has used its power to intimidate FOX News reporters -- the hits just keep on coming.

In a strange sense, the Obama administration may consider it a benefit that the hits are coming all at the same time. Like ripping off a Band-Aid in one quick swoop, the sting, while intense, happens all at once. It probably is Obama’s hope that the notoriously short attention span of the American public will soon shift attention from his “Watergate,” to the latest celebrity gossip. Though, he would be well advised not to hold his breath.

The sheer magnitude and scope of the unconstitutional – and likely criminal -- misconduct occurring within the Administration is not likely to dissipate soon, especially if congressional investigators uphold their duty to hold the Executive Branch accountable.

However, it is Democrats, not only Obama, who should be sweating the heat of the national spotlight. Allegations of unchecked arrogance, corruption and abuse of government power are reflective not only of the Chicago-style politics practiced by Team Obama – a regimen that leverages intimidation and extra-legal tactics to ensure absolute adherence to its agenda. Rather, the scandals cast a bright and harsh light on partisan actors, both inside and outside the Administration, who allowed such reprehensible behavior to flourish to the point at which the entire federal government appears over run with abuse.


Bob Barr

Bob Barr represented Georgia’s 7th district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 -2003 and as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia from 1986-1990.