CURL: Why Obama scandals aren’t scandals at all

And consider this Reuters report: “Attorney General Eric Holder appears to have little choice but to launch a new round of investigations into media leaks.” Not a bad outcome from the Verizon scandal.

When this last scandal broke, where was Mr. Obama? On a two-day California fundraising trip. It’s business as usual for the campaigner-in-chief — he’s done 15 fundraisers already this year, as many as Mr. Bush did in all of 2005. As the media busies itself with scandals that ultimately will go nowhere, Mr. Obama is forging ahead with his effort to take over the House in 2014 and break the back of the Republican Party.

What’s more, the scandals have had almost no effect on the president’s popularity rating.

“How is it,” a news article said last week, “that President Obama, despite the recent scandals, has been able to maintain an approval rating in the mid- to high-40s, or about where it’s been for the better part of three years? A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll may provide some clues. For starters, the public doesn’t seem to be blaming the president for the Benghazi terrorist attack, the IRS targeting of conservative groups or the Justice Department snooping.”

I could be wrong — I was once in 1979. But watching these scandals come and just as quickly go makes me wonder. Maybe the once-tight-as-a-drum administration suddenly has sprung a leak — or five. Maybe its sheer incompetence has simply caught up with it. But something smells fishy, nothing adds up. And with each emerging scandal, the most damning one — Benghazi — recedes a bit more into the past.

Come September, we’ll likely look back and say, “Huh. Lotta’ smoke, no fire.” But four Americans are dead: We still don’t know why. And that’s a real scandal.

• Joseph Curl covered the White House and politics for a decade for The Washington Times and is now editor of the Drudge Report. He can be reached at josephcurl@gmail.com and on Twitter @josephcurl.

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