It’s just a tad cynical to celebrate a presidential administration for not enduring any major political scandals, but Barack Obama’s White House deserves credit for, especially during these economic times, putting the country through an Iran-Contra or Whitewater-level scandal.
Paul Waldman takes stock:
Solyndra turned out to be, if not a complete nothingburger, not nearly as much of a big deal as Republicans so fervently hoped. Yeah, a bunch of money went down the toilet, and people in the administration really wanted the company to succeed, despite its weaknesses, and that eagerness caused some of them to write some sketchy emails. But that’s really it. And Solyndra is, by far, the closest thing to a major scandal the Obama administration has suffered.
A close second is the “Fast and Furious” operation at the ATF, which was an obvious screw-up but without anything that even resembled corruption. Which, when you think back on every administration that preceded it, both Republican and Democratic, is pretty remarkable. It’s entirely possible that Obama could finish out his first term without a single significant scandal. No shtupping interns, no trading arms for hostages, no secret break-ins, nothing.