“Benghazi-gate,” “Umbrella-gate” and the IRS Scandal — Why These Are Good for Obama

presidentobamaIt goes without saying this past week hasn’t been the best week to be President Obama—at least it appears that way on the surface.

But then it started to occur to me that I’m so damn tired of “conspiracy theories” and witch hunts against the President.

Then another thing occurred to me—so are most Americans.

Just have a look at the poll done by Gallup that shows below average interest by Americans over both the IRS and Benghazi “scandals.”  This despite the fact that Fox News, and every other right-wing media outlet, has pushed these events as something as bad as 9/11 and Watergate.

People are sick of the fear mongering, they’re sick of the ridiculousness and they’re growing sick of Republicans.

But the sad fact is, I know Republicans won’t quit.

Since President Obama has been in office it’s been one thing after another with these people.  From fake birth certificates, to death panels, links to the Muslim Brotherhood, living under fake identities, fake college transcripts—honestly I could just keep going, but you get the picture.

It’s been an endless stream of ridiculous and asinine fear mongering against the President.  I’ve honestly never seen anything like it.

In fact, to find anything similar you have to go back to the Clinton days and the Monica Lewinsky scandal.  After their attempts to defeat Clinton in the 1996 elections failed, Republicans spent the better part of his second term trying to get anything on him to remove him from office.  Then they were finally given a political gift when Clinton initially lied about his “relationship” with a White House intern named Monica Lewinsky.

After more details emerged, they pushed for the better part of 1996 and 1997–all the way up to the 1998 elections.  By that November the truth about Clinton’s affair was out and impeachment proceedings were set to take place.  After this “scandal” you’d expect Democrats to take a hit during the 1998 mid-term elections, right?

Well you’d be wrong.  Not only did they not take a hit, they gained seats in the House of Representatives and gained a bigger percentage of the vote in the Senate.

The American people didn’t care.  Sure, Republicans cared, but the majority of the American people did not.  By 1998 they were so tired of this obsession with attacking Clinton, instead of doing their jobs to help the American people, that their witch hunts backfired and it made them look like individuals more concerned with partisan politics rather than doing their jobs as legislators.

And I think that’s where this is going.

Essentially every blatant lie against Obama that Republicans have tried to slander him with for the last 4+ years has been debunked and dismissed by most sane Americans.  And no matter how hard they try to make Benghazi into some giant conspiracy, outside of their own voting base—it’s not working.  If anything, what I said a week or so back is becoming true.  More Americans are seeing this as a preemptive political attack on Hillary Clinton, trying to politicize the deaths at Benghazi, than any real concern from Republicans over what actually happened that night.

Now you have this IRS scandal which, trust me, Republicans will do everything they can to try and link it to President Obama (even though he quickly came out and denounced these actions and instructed those in the right positions to investigate the unethical behavior).

If I know Republicans (and I do) they’re going to dig for months to do whatever they can to try and link this to the White House and paint them as incompetent or corrupt.  And I have no doubt that they’ll find some far-fetched link which they can spin to pander to their base and crank up the fear machine.  But as with every other one of their pathetic attempts to attack the President, it will most likely fail (or be revealed as something they blatantly fabricated) and the American people will view them even more negatively than before.

I mean hell, they’ve attacked him for having a Marine holding an umbrella for him in the rain during a speech.  That is how pathetically sad and desperate they’ve become.

So let them keep pushing and we will see Obama do what he always does—sit back and let them make fools of themselves.

Because he knows, and so should everyone else by now,  that the easiest way to make Republicans look like complete idiots isn’t by attacking them or playing their games…

It’s by just sitting back and letting them be—Republicans.  Because they have the ability to make fools out of themselves far better than anyone else.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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