The scandal-a-day approach to politics

The Obama scandal-a-day approach to politics is beyond clever. Rather than each scandal building upwards into one large fortissimo of outrage, each succeeding scandal makes people forget about the scandal from the day before, especially with the media on hand to play down everything if it’s done by a party of the left. Look at this. Disgusting beyond all measures, but as part of a far-left administration of such startling incompetence willing to lie about everything, everyone is just weary of pointing out the obvious.

Qatar allowing released Taliban men to move freely in country…
Reintegration: Military hides Bergdahl from public view…
FLASHBACK: ‘Converted to Islam And Taught Captors Bomb Making Skills’…
NYT: Left note explaining desertion before going AWOL…
REPORT: Wanted to Renounce Citizenship…
Team Leader: ‘A lot more to story than soldier walking away’…
Death sentence ‘in the realm of possibilities’…
Pentagon knew whereabouts but didn’t risk rescue…
14 SOLDIERS WERE LOST Searching for Bergdahl…
Never Officially Listed as POW…
White House apologizes for ‘oversight’ in notification failure…
FATHER: ‘I am still working to free all Guantanamo prisoners’…
MAG: White House Overrode Internal Objections To Terrorist Release…
‘Suck it up and salute’…
Rubio: Obama ‘Believes He’s Become Monarch Or Emperor’…
Anger explodes…

And by this time tomorrow or at the latest the day after there will be something else. But this is a policy that works only on the left. If you are a right-of-centre party, a scandal-a-day is a technique I wouldn’t try. For parties of the right, even if there is nothing going on, the media will be sure to find something even if there’s nothing much there to be found.

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41 Responses to The scandal-a-day approach to politics

  1. Bruce of Newcastle

    Obama has a trump card which beats everything: no American will impeach the first black President.

    American history is to fraught for that to happen.

  2. Token

    But this is a policy that works only on the left. If you are a right -of-centre party, a scandal-a-day is a technique I wouldn’t try

    Yes, for some reason the closure of a bridge in New Jersey lead to coverage almost as long as the Pestorius trial.

  3. Gab

    no American will impeach the first black President.

    True. Obama can do whatever he likes – and he is – and there will be no consequences for him becasue raaaacism!

  4. Rabz

    even if there is nothing going on, the media will be sure to find something even if there’s nothing much there to be found

    The Indonesian “spying revelations” were a classic example of this, made more ridiculous by the fact that Abbott and Co weren’t even responsible for undertaking that action.

  5. Craig Mc

    For parties of the right, even if there is nothing going on, the media will be sure to find something even if there’s nothing much there to be found.

    See “Winkgate”.

  6. Dr.Sir Fred Lenin

    Americas first half white(or half black) President is a typical Lefturd,if he were in Australia. He would be in the semi indigenousbranch of the alp/green/ fascist pardee with all the other half whites,
    Swapping four viscious islamofascist terrorists for one confused deserter,be poetic justice ifthey blew up air force one with him in it and dont beleive they wouldnt,they would love to do it!

  7. Alf

    Doesn’t anyone ever call bullshit on this ‘woe is me on the right’ rubbish? Anyone who reads the press, particularly when the ALP was in power, would have seen a significant amount of reporting on scandal and faux scandal on a ridiculously regular basis. Your tenuous relationship to reality does you no credit.

  8. cynical1

    Don’t believe it.

    Plenty of shit flying.

    Eventually the fan will get turned on…

  9. .

    Alf
    #1333336, posted on June 4, 2014 at 5:13 pm
    Doesn’t anyone ever call bullshit on this ‘woe is me on the right’ rubbish? Anyone who reads the press, particularly when the ALP was in power, would have seen a significant amount of reporting on scandal and faux scandal on a ridiculously regular basis. Your tenuous relationship to reality does you no credit.

    Yes, several members of the Gillard Cabinet ought to be in gaol for documented frauds etc.

  10. Robert Blair

    Alf:

    a significant amount of reporting on scandal and faux scandal on a ridiculously regular basis

    That’s very interesting Alf.

    Can you name any of these “ridiculously regular’ faux scandals the Rudd-Gillard government was subjected to?

    I am assuming that when you say “reporting” you meant what other people refer to as “the Media”, newspapers (including online), TV, radio etc.

    Ie, you are not talking about abusive tweets by nobodies or blog posts on obscure blogs like, say, Catallaxy.

  11. Fisky

    This has been Obama’s M.O. from the beginning. The purpose is to overwhelm people with a thousand different scandals so that no one really has the ability to properly investigate and publicise any particular one. It’s been most effective you have to admit.

  12. .

    Can you name any of these “ridiculously regular’ faux scandals the Rudd-Gillard government was subjected to?

    No.

    This was a fake crisis.

  13. egg_

    becasue raaaacism!

    “So ShutUp!”

  14. egg_

    Can you name any of these “ridiculously regular’ faux scandals the Rudd-Gillard government was subjected to?

    Sangers instead of the prescribed chicken salad on the Govt jet (so he ate from the minibar instead???! FFS)?
    High dungeon, indeed.

  15. Ant

    The media are primarily to blame and have been ever since the spoilt activist deadbeats from the sixties managed to infest the ‘profession’ with their socialist and nihilist stupidities and turn it from a healthy inquisitorial branch of society into a self-perpetuating and narcissistic advocacy outfit hellbent on re-engineering everything from the global climate system right down to volume of grey water you’re permitted to use to flush away your last crap.

  16. .

    right down to volume of grey water you’re permitted to use to flush away your last crap

    This kind of nonsense and depriving people in first world coutnries of adequete water to shower themselves is enough to drive you crazy with anger.

    What kind of pathetic loser sits in the taxpayer funded office all day scratching their bum, dreaming of ways to run everyone else’s lives?

    Fuck me. If water is scarce, charge more for it. Oh no, we can’t do that. Someone might have to pay for it. That also resembles capitalism. So it’s wrong.

    FFS…

  17. H B Bear

    Yep – a variation of the Gillard-McSporran F**k-up a day approach.

  18. laugh out loud

    Obama – far left? Are you for real?

  19. .

    laugh out loud
    #1333527, posted on June 4, 2014 at 6:53 pm
    Obama – far left? Are you for real?

    Of course. He’s a tax cutting free marketer like Andrew Carnegie.

    No true conservative wouldn’t campaign on the issue of free contraception for dumpy women who lie to congress about herculean levels of promiscuity.

  20. Obama – far left? Are you for real?

    You’re right, he is merely very left, exacerbated by extreme ineptness and incompetence.

  21. cynical1

    Fuck me. If water is scarce, charge more for it. Oh no, we can’t do that. Someone might have to pay for it. That also resembles capitalism. So it’s wrong.

    Which makes it a problem when that rain turns up. Can’t waste an assett.

    Better let the place flood…

  22. Alf

    Yes, several members of the Gillard Cabinet ought to be in gaol for documented frauds etc.

    Gee, then why aren’t they Dot. Must be the giant left wing conspiracy. Don’t drink the water.

  23. Alf

    Can you name any of these “ridiculously regular’ faux scandals the Rudd-Gillard government was subjected to?

    Got a short memory have you Robert? Don’t you recall the daily trashing of the govt. in the media, or large sections of it? Or do you just choose not to notice?

  24. MT Isa Miner

    Ant
    #1333505, posted on June 4, 2014 at 6:38 pm
    The media are primarily to blame and have been ever since the spoilt activist deadbeats from the sixties managed to infest the ‘profession’ with their socialist and nihilist stupidities and turn it from a healthy inquisitorial branch of society into a self-perpetuating and narcissistic advocacy outfit hellbent on re-engineering everything from the global climate system right down to volume of grey water you’re permitted to use to flush away your last crap.

    Nothing like having to flush & wait , flush & wait about four fucking times to remind me daily how much I hate the greens. nothing like having to thump apprentices who don’t flush 4 times and leave crap allover the bowl to remind me. A plumber mate said he wants to import TOTO American cyclonic flush crappers but he’d have to fix them on the sly because councils wont approve them. he reckons he’d sell 100′s.

    Everyday in every way the greens crap on us.

  25. MT Isa Miner

    cynical1
    #1333549, posted on June 4, 2014 at 7:07 pm
    Fuck me. If water is scarce, charge more for it. Oh no, we can’t do that. Someone might have to pay for it. That also resembles capitalism. So it’s wrong.

    Which makes it a problem when that rain turns up. Can’t waste an assett.

    Better let the place flood…

    Yeah, cynical, and if Hedley Thomas wasn’t around they’d have got away with it. The man must have some pigdog genes he doesnn’t let go. Not like ” i believe you, prime minister” suckhole prettyboy Van onselen.

  26. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    The Obama scandal-a-day approach to politics is beyond clever.

    Not this time. I have never, ever seen such white hot fury among former and current US military personnel. I have never seen anything like this.

    Ralph Peters puts it perfectly:

    Congratulations, Mr. President! And identical congrats to your sorcerer’s apprentice, National Security Adviser Susan Rice. By trying to sell him as an American hero, you’ve turned a deserter already despised by soldiers in the know into quite possibly the most-hated individual soldier in the history of our military.

    I have never witnessed such outrage from our troops..

    Exhibit A: Ms. Rice. In one of the most tone-deaf statements in White House history (we’re making a lot of history here), the national-security advisor, on a Sunday talk show, described Bergdahl as having served “with honor and distinction.” Those serving in uniform and those of us who served previously were already stirred up, but that jaw-dropper drove us into jihad mode.

    But pity Ms. Rice. Like the president she serves, she’s a victim of her class. Nobody in the inner circle of Team Obama has served in uniform. It shows. T…

    I actually believe that Ms. Rice was kind of sincere, in her spectacularly oblivious way. In the best Manchurian Candidate manner, she said what she had been programmed to say by her political culture, then she was blindsided by the firestorm she ignited …

    The president, too, appears stunned. He has so little understanding of (or interest in) the values and traditions of our troops that he and his advisers really believed that those in uniform would erupt into public joy at the news of Bergdahl’s release — as D.C. frat kids did when Osama bin Laden’s death was trumpeted.

    Both President Obama and Ms. Rice seem to think that the crime of desertion in wartime is kind of like skipping class…

    .

    There has been a sort of deeply bitter slow burn of anger in the US military as Preshizzle (Paco™) Odumbugger, (SCOAMF and 47,000 bars) has deliberately tossed away the victories in the sandpit and the rockpile. This has turned that dully glowing sullen anger into a white heat of rage. Aside from the obvious political implications, it has very uncertain social ones, too.

    God knows where this is going to lead.

  27. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    laugh lie out loud
    #1333527, posted on June 4, 2014 at 6:53 pm
    Obama – far left? Are you for real?

    Judged by his actions and within the normal US presidential milieu, yes, this is a defensible statement.

  28. laugh lie out loud
    #1333527, posted on June 4, 2014 at 6:53 pm
    Obama – far left? Are you for real?
    Judged by his actions and within the normal US presidential milieu, yes, this is a defensible statement.

    I’m struggling with the notion that nowhere in Bambi’s administration was there anybody who realised how “Deserter-gate” was going to pan out.

  29. johanna

    Mark, I think the Veterans’ Administration scandal (the boss just had to resign for lying and incompetence) stoked that fire too.

  30. Ant

    Wish I could believe that, Mk50.

    History, however, would suggest that this latest Obama outrage will get a flash of national attention on the big networks and then quickly dissolve down in the same ocean of sludge where there resides Ayres & Dorn, Alinsky, Jeremiah Wright, Rezko, Khalidi, Acorn, Fast & Furious, Solyndra, Shakil Afridi, Benghazi, IRS, AP intrusions, Obamacare lies and train wreck, VA, general lawlessness, ruling by presidential decree, ramming cap & trade into law with no congressional approval, etc, etc – any one of which would have seen the fiercest inquiry and dismantling had they been committed by a Republican, with many possibly leading to solid grounds for impeachment.

    The media has no appetite to do what is just, and the congressional Republicans are so impotent that even being permanently and intravenously dosed with elephant grade Viagra wouldn’t be enough to get the slightest rise out of them.

    As a result the permanent indolent dependent class – possibly now a majority – would barely be aware of the peril they’re in.

    No, like every other outrage, Obama will plead ignorance, say he’ll get to the bottom of it and on it goes.

  31. Crossie

    This has been Obama’s M.O. from the beginning. The purpose is to overwhelm people with a thousand different scandals so that no one really has the ability to properly investigate and publicise any particular one. It’s been most effective you have to admit.

    A Republican president could play the same game though he or she would have to work very hard to produce the same level of scandal to keep the MSM busy.

  32. stackja

    Fiction becomes fact:

    The Spike (1980)
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    The Spike is a 1980 spy thriller novel by Arnaud de Borchgrave and Robert Moss (New York: Crown Publishers, 1980). Drawing on de Borchgrave’s experience as a jet-setting Newsweek journalist and conservative Washington insider, it tells the story of a radical ’60s journalist, Bob Hockney, who stumbles upon a Soviet plot for global supremacy by 1985. When he tries to expose the web of blackmail, sex and espionage, he’s hamstrung by his editors’ liberal media bias.
    In the news world, to “spike” a story means to cancel its publication. De Borchgrave and Moss envision a scenario in which the KGB exploits the attitudes of the unsuspecting Western media, which was allegedly more interested in unmasking CIA agents than stopping the Soviets, threatening to thwart Hockney’s big scoop.
    The best-selling book was marketed not only as a spy thriller but an expose of real-life Washington. Time called the book a roman a clef for its fictionalized versions of real people and organizations, including Zbigniew Brzezinski and the radical left-wing magazine Ramparts.
    In a 1980 interview with the New York Times, de Borchgrave mentions that he came up with the idea for a novel after he and his wife had to hide in the English countryside, after anonymous threats were made in response to a Newsweek article he wrote that named some of the terrorists behind the 1972 Munich massacre.[1] ["Behind the best sellers Arnaud de Borchgrave and Robert Moss". The New York Times. 22 June 1980.]
    The authors’ 1983 follow-up, Monimbo, envisioned Miami race rioters as the pawns of Nicaraguan and Cuban communists.

  33. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    Ant

    History, however, would suggest that this latest Obama outrage will get a flash of national attention on the big networks and then quickly dissolve down in the same ocean of sludge where there resides & etc

    I am not actually too concerned about the VA and Taliberg scandals as scandals. For you are quite right, in the MSM-civilian-low-information-voter universe they are just another scandal. Nothing new.

    But that is not the only universe out there and in the military universe it’s a very different and far more unknownstory. There is a social contract between the US military-veteran communities and the Administration, and this imbecile’s actions have struck at the very core of that relationship. is the blow mortal? Who knows?

    Look, they can live with the silent contempt of an Administration that despises them. They can live with the monumental strategic incompetence of an Administration. They can live with hard-won military victory being turned into a severe defeat by sheer blithering political incompetence.

    They have lived with all of these things before (Wilson, Carter, Johnson respectively).

    And yet this is new territory, for they now have all of these things simultaneously and with deliberate malfeasance in the VA on top of it. And on top of that the Administrations contempt is open, not silent, and they are openly traducing their honour (a word the left does not even comprehend).

    This is entirely new territory, the USA has never been here before and certainly the US military and veteran ‘universe’ has never been here before.

    No-one (certainly not me) has any idea of what might or might not happen, or what the effect of this sundering of the social contract might do. As Peters has said, he’s never seen anything like this – nobody has. Ever. God knows what could happen. This is a breakdown the likes of which nobody has ever seen and which makes the 1932 Bonus Army massacre look like a minor spat.

    It simply does not matter that ‘…will get a flash of national attention on the big networks …’: that’s irrelevant. Very heavy and much deeper damage is being done to one of the foundation relationships in that country. Obama has no clue that the relationship even exists, by the look of his actions. I have no clue as to what happens when it is damaged like this. But I don’t think it will be sunbeams and lollipops.

  34. johanna

    I’m inclined to agree, MK50.

    The military/veterans’community is a tightly knit subset of the general polity. As you point out, they are accustomed to be used and abused by politicians. To a certain extent, it goes with the territory.

    But there is a limit. Events like the mad Muslim psychiatrist who shot up the base in Texas, and the subsequent appalling treatment of those who were seriously injured, didn’t help either.

  35. Boambee John

    “The media are primarily to blame and have been ever since the spoilt activist deadbeats from the sixties managed to infest the ‘profession’ with their socialist and nihilist stupidities and turn it from a healthy inquisitorial branch of society into a self-perpetuating and narcissistic advocacy outfit hellbent on re-engineering everything from the global climate system right down to volume of grey water you’re permitted to use to flush away your last crap.”

    Just reading a book on the Italian campaigns during 1915-18 (The White War, Mark Thompson).

    One chapter (‘Forging Victory’, a subtle take on the two meanings of forge), commenting on the journalists’ willingness to repeat high command communiques that did not match the reality of what the journalists themselves observed, noted that “the journalists wanted to conspire against … the public’s right to know. They believed they were acting for the best …”

    Those journalists who will excuse anything done by a “progressive” government are in the same position, it is not a new phenomenon.

  36. Tel

    What kind of pathetic loser sits in the taxpayer funded office all day scratching their bum, dreaming of ways to run everyone else’s lives?

    One presumes such a loser won’t come cheap. Hope you saved your pennies.

  37. srr

    After Bergdahl disappeared, “IEDs started going off directly under trucks.
    They were perfect hits every time.”

    http://t.co/jyhJTREfdL

    As to propagandists, the pen is only mightier than the sword over time and from a distance, sword point to ball point, the sword wins.

    But swords aren’t the propagandists biggest worry today, though still a real worry, even in this age of iPhones and laptops, if you can send it, drones can find and blow your lying heads clear off

  38. daggers

    Two weeks ago Obama visited West Point and received loud applause from the graduating class when he promised they would not have to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq . I could not believe it. In my experience, young officers in the military welcome the opportunity to serve and defend. I thought it must have been staged. But then again we now have ‘scholar-soldiers’ in the upper echelons of the military. They have been lectured to by historians and analysts who’ve come through the universities and they’ve learnt to question everything the West stood for and fought for.

  39. Ant

    daggers, I heard that the applause was relatively muted.

    BJ, I’ve read The White War also but forget that reference. Good point.

  40. Boambee John

    Ant:

    It’s worth reading that chapter again, to get the feel for the damage caused by the Italian journalists’ willingness (to borrow a phrase) to “write crap”. Honest reporting might have seen Cadorna sacked earlier, reducing the damage he did to Italy.

    Similarly, honest reporting in the US by the “presstitutes” there might have reduced the damage caused by Obama (and Hillary), while similar reporting here between 2007 and 2013 might have reduced the damage caused to Australia (and also the collateral damage to the ALP, which I doubt the media wanted) by the gross errors of Rudd and Gillard.

    We can but love in hope, but it is a slender hope!

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