Donald Lambro

WASHINGTON - President Obama reluctantly went to the White House press room Wednesday to deal with yet another scandal that has hit his dysfunctional presidency.

This one is as bad as scandals get: our veterans were dying because they weren't getting timely care at the VA hospitals that would have saved their lives. And there were leaked memos suggesting the long delayed appointments were rewritten to make the wait time seem shorter.

Making matters worse, the president took his sweet time to publicly address the life-or-death issues that have been festering in the VA for a number of years.

The White House's chief of staff said last weekend that Obama was "madder than hell" about the reports. But the president's remarks Wednesday were the first he's made about the subject since the scandal came to light late last month that 40 veterans had died as they waited for care at their local VA facility in Phoenix.

As I reported in my last column, this scandal goes a lot deeper into a long-broken, underfunded, incompetent VA system that has been ignored at the White House as well as on Capitol Hill.

But this happened on Obama's watch and it's one more scandal on a growing pile of scandals over the course of his troubled presidency that is reaching critical mass in the midst of a game-changing midterm election year.

And all of them are going to be played out this summer and fall when the Republicans are showing new strength in their party primaries that threatens to topple Democratic control of the Senate in Obama's last two years in office.

Here's what the White House and the Democrats will be facing before the Nov. 4 elections:

The Benghazi scandal: A Republican-led, special House select committee will be taking new testimony and digging deeper into the White House's role in a concocted story that the deaths of our ambassador and three others at the U.S. consulate in Libya were the result of a spontaneous protest over an internet video that got out of hand.

The attack, in fact, was carried out by trained al-Qaeda terrorists, after pleas from Ambassador Chris Stevens for increased security were denied by Hillary Clinton's State Department.

At the time, Obama was out campaigning for re-election, claiming al-Qaeda was now "on the run" and their forces and leadership had been "decimated."

But there is now ample evidence those claims were not true. Al- Qaeda and its allies have stepped up their deadly offensive in Afghanistan and Iraq, across North Africa and throughout the Middle East.

Donald Lambro

Donald Lambro is chief political correspondent for The Washington Times.