Holy smokes, are things not good right now in DC for the Obama Administration. The questions about Benghazi continue, there is this nonsensical targeting of conservative groups by the IRS, and now, the seizure of Associated Press phone records in a leak investigation. Fantastic column about all this stuff can be found in the Washington Post, here.
All of this, of course, in a time when cooperation between the parties in DC is at a recent low, and when cooperation is sorely needed in order for the country to continue to get it's financial house in order. Also, the suddenness of these three items-- Benghazi has been around for some time, but these other items have come to surface only over the last couple weeks. Oh, and there's also a fourth major brouhaha on the horizon, and that would be the emerging sex scandals in the military. Sex scandals involving service members responsible for educating and enforcing sexual harrassment policies in the military. Classy.
I'm not one of those who sit behind a keyboard and cry outrage and for heads to roll. That's not what I do. I have a great deal of respect and a bit of admiration for this President. And even if I didn't, that wouldn't be what I would do.
However, I do believe it is the President's MO to be thoughtful and deliberate and let the facts out before acting. In this atmosphere, though, I would advise that he ought to get out in front of the curve and the news cycle on this.
This President also has an MO of not backing down from a damn thing and he needs to meet this thing head-on. A comprehensive approach to self-cleansing the executive departments-- not just investigating these several incidences and circumstances-- should be introduced. Whether this is the appointment of one or more independent counsuls, a commission of some sort, I don't know. But give some group or some individuals six months to look under every rock in every department and see what they find.
This is a President who likes to challenge government and the American people to think differently. That's why so many people hate him; they hate to be challenegd. We need to see a great example of this thing immediately before the downward spiral accelerates and things get far worse than they already are.