Saturday, July 25, 2015

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In an attempt to compress the long and ugly journey from the fake Conservative scandal over a failed land deal in  Arkansas to the fake Conservative scandal over Benghaaaazi, Atlantic writer David Graham executes one of the greatest standing broad jumps since the glory days of Arne "Boom Boom" Tvervaag.

See if you can spot it (emphasis added to aid the noobs):
From Whitewater to Benghazi: A Clinton Scandal Primer

The email controversy is quickly turning into a classic Clinton scandal. Her use of a private email account became known during the course of an investigation into the 2012 deaths of U.S. personnel in Benghazi, Libya. Thus far, the investigations have found no wrongdoing on Benghazi, but the private-email use and now the classified-info referral have become stories unto themselves. This is something of a pattern with the Clinton family, which has been in the public spotlight since Bill Clinton’s first run for office, in 1974: Something that appears potentially scandalous on its face turns out to be innocuous, but an investigation into reveals other questionable behavior. The classic case is Whitewater, a failed real-estate investment Bill and Hillary Clinton made in 1978. While no inquiry ever produced evidence of wrongdoing, investigations ultimately led to Bill Clinton’s impeachment for perjury and obstruction of justice.
As the Good Doctor Maddow demonstrated to a fare-thee-well on her as-yet uncancelled teevee show this week, once the elders of the Council of the Potomac add another Beltway Fairy Tale to it's the canonical texts, mainstream pundits bond with that received wisdom at an almost molecular level:

So it is with the Book of Clinton: once Sally Quinn and company added the parable of the "scandal-plagued" Clintons to the official Beltway Bible, it stopped being a myth to be challenged and became a sturdy foundation on which to build a career.

And if, in the fullness of time, it turns out that the facts underpinning these fairy tales are actually just bunkum?

Well dammit sir, this is the Village.  When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.


Jimbo said...

Yes, the Beltway pundits are so depressingly predictable: it's all about the horse race or about scandals real and imagined; it's never about actual policy issues - boring!! And so, Presidential politics becomes ever more trivialized allowing the monied elite to determine the real policy agenda without any serious debate.

bluicebank said...

At the risk of laying odds on a fairly unpredictable GOP primary, the only spoilers I foresee are if the Trump Carny show comes down to the wire and a bunch of us indies in places like Calif. toss in with Donald ... and then switch over to the Dem in the General.

The difference between Trump and Perot is that Trump isn't pealing away any Dems votes. So IF Donald goes 3rd party, the GOP loses because. And IF Donald gets the Republican nom, the GOP loses because. Even Bernie wins that match-up.

Yastreblyansky said...

Holy shit, did you notice that typo? The missing word after "into":

Something that appears potentially scandalous on its face turns out to be innocuous, but an investigation into reveals other questionable behavior.

It's as if Graham couldn't type the lie (the suggestion that there was any questionable behavior other than that directly caused by the investigation) straight out, and choked.

Ivory Bill Woodpecker said...

Slightly off topic:

Here is an image you can use next time you write about the "Tea Party", if you wish. ^_^

Sorry about extra images at the bottom; I don't know how, or if, they can be removed.

Ivory Bill Woodpecker said...

I expect the e-mail scandal will prove to be as hyped as the rest of them, but it seems to be gaining some traction for now.

If this one actually proves to be the jackpot, who can the Dems draft to challenge Jeb! and/or The Donald?

doomvox said...

One of these days I may try to write something to convince lefty-liberal types that there really was some chicanery going on in the old Arkansas days with the Clintons... the Republicans just dropped it all and went for a sex scandal instead, evidently because they figured that the American pinhead-- I mean, voter-- didn't have the attention span to follow it. (I mean, think about it: if Iran-Contra didn't get Reagan booted, why would an old story about money-laundering in Arkansas bother any one?).

Unknown said...

You could have turned on the bold font for the word ``classic'' right there at the tippy top of the pile of bullshit.