The White House's "Sgt. Schultz" Defense

Carol Platt Liebau
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Posted: May 17, 2013 10:29 AM

The confluence of multiple scandals -- Benghazi, the IRS, the AP wiretaps -- has forced President Obama into a political vise of his own making.

If he appears to be in charge of his administration and all its activities, he is de facto implicating himself in wrongdoing.  To try to hold on to support from anyone but the committed left, he therefore has to distance himself by painting himself as essentially out-of-the-loop in his own administration.  But (by necessity) taking the other tack -- call it the Seargant Schultz approach -- he is losing his liberal base. . . all the people who were counting on his managerial skill to usher in a left-wing utopia.

If he's in the know, he's a wrongdoer.  If he's not in the know, he's incompetent.  That's some wedge issue the President has created for himself.