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.