When Bill Clinton was President (and even before), those opposed to him wasted no time or effort to tar and feather him by associating him with the following scandals…
…Whitewater – a real estate venture gone bust;
…Vince Foster – the Deputy White House Counsel who killed himself in 1993;
…Troopergate – allegations from the days when Clinton was Governor of Arkansas; and
This constant cry of scandal and misdeed led to an interesting conclusion.
When something scandalous actually did show up, the affair with Monica Lewinsky and the impeachment and trial that followed, the public had Clinton “scandal fatigue” and shrugged. Clinton was acquitted by the Senate and he left office with an approval rating of 66%. By comparison, Ronald Reagan finished out his second term with an approval rating under 60%.
As George Santayana put it, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
Such is the case with those who oppose President Barack Obama. Whether it is those who…
…those that call for the impeachment of the current occupant of the White House are falling into the same trap that captured the opponents of Clinton.
When something actually does show up – such as Benghazi and the Issa hearings or the IRS controversy – the public just shrugs and passes it off as more GOP crying wolf…or Kenyan…or Muslim.
Just once, I would like to see an opposition party keeps its powder dry and pounce at the right time…not simply at every whiff of blood in the air.
I have such large expectations.