It has been a good two weeks for Hillary Clinton. First came the opening debate where she did what she needed to convince the party faithful and the pundits she is the front runner. That leveraged into Vice President Biden announcing he will not run. Finally, she sat down in front of the Benghazi Committee of the House and made a good case that the whiff of scandal was behind her.
But more impressive than all this was how it happened. This was a team effort where the Democratic Party started to rally around her and unite. It’s what it will take to win the election – and today there is little doubt she is the odds-on favorite to be the next president.
Benghazi. IRS. Boston Marathon “False Flags”. AP. These are a few of the “scandals” that get a tremendous amount of airplay and, judging from opinion polls, mostly yawns. Why do they get so much coverage? It’s only because of the push behind them, not the relative truth or fiction within.
They are, indeed, a matter of policy. The Heritage Foundation, lobbying arm of the supposedly non-partisan Heritage Foundation, circulated a letter to House Republicans stating “… it would be imprudent to do anything that shifts the focus from the Obama administration to the ideological differences within the House Republican Conference. … Legislation such as the Internet sales tax or the FARRM Act which contains nearly $800 billion in food stamp spending, would give the press a reason to shift their attention away from the failures of the Obama administration to write another ‘circular firing squad’ article.”
While the constant barrage of scandals is draining, it’s best to not confront it too directly. Here’s what progressives and other Americans interesting in getting things done need to concentrate on.