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When Administrations Implode

alobo Wrote: Apr 19, 2012 1:11 AM
This column by Hanson is rather disappointing, considering his superb knowledge and expertise on history which I have always admired. Administrations have been felled by serious scandals but the problem with his argument is that as bruising each of the examples he gives of Obama's mistakes are, none are anywhere as scandalous as Watergate or Lewinsky. It may well be that a number of such missteps cumulatively add up to vanquish Obama but it is much more likely that he will be defeated by a bad economy that he did not do enough to improve. Obama's biggest blunder was spending most of 2009-10 on the highly unpopular healthcare law when the first order should have been the bad economy. Sheer incompetence, not scandal, will vanquish him.
Hannah53 Wrote: Apr 19, 2012 11:00 AM
He has lots of scandals but the msm chooses to ignore them, once example: fast and furious.
Dan107 Wrote: Apr 19, 2012 8:30 AM
However, the scandal should jail him. Conspiracy to commit murder of a U.S. Border Patrol agent to begin. then the quid pro quos and the money laundering... What size Department of Corrections orange jumpsuit does he take?
Iopine Wrote: Apr 19, 2012 4:46 AM
Fast and Furious KILLED PEOPLE.
Watergate didn't.
Monica didn't. Well unless you count the effect of stomach acid on sperm.
Joe40 Wrote: Apr 19, 2012 2:38 AM
Your criticism is somewhat misplaced, as the scandals of previous administrations weren't ranked by seriousness, but merely listed as examples.

As far as Obama is concerned, about all he's managed to get right was to order SEAL Team Six to take out Bin Laden, and even that was a near thing.
Nam65-66 Wrote: Apr 19, 2012 7:08 AM
Taking out Bin Ladden was a George W. Bush operation.
Dan107 Wrote: Apr 19, 2012 8:31 AM
Isn't it funny how they blame everything on Bush except for that...!
Hannah53 Wrote: Apr 19, 2012 11:02 AM
Even more interesting is that I don't remember Bush blaming anyone. Whether things were his fault or he was unfairly blamed, he never whined about it being someone else's fault.

Administration meltdowns are hardly novel. In almost every presidency there comes a moment when sheer chaos takes hold, whether self-induced or as a result of an outside crisis.

Vietnam had effectively destroyed Lyndon Johnson by 1967. Watergate unraveled the Richard Nixon administration, as the disgraced president resigned in the face of certain impeachment. Gerald Ford could not whip inflation and was not re-elected. One-termer Jimmy Carter was undone by the Iranian hostage crisis and skyrocketing oil prices.

For a time, it seemed that Ronald Reagan's second term might not survive the Iran-Contra scandal. George H.W. Bush could not be re-elected after...