A timeless, nameless wasteland somewhere in Washington, DC. Two House Republicans are sitting dejectedly on a bench.
VLADIMIR: What do you want to do?
ESTRAGON: I want to repeal Obamacare.
Unfortunately, for one of Washington's biggest spectator sports, not only are the rules not clear, the game itself is always out of focus. So in the public interest, herewith is a primer to "Scandal." Not the TV show, but the Congressional show.
It's apparent that the word scandal has become something altogether different than what it's been historically. It would appear that what's needed is another word, a word that would distinguish what these scandals actually are.
As national security advisor, she doesn't have to be a natural diplomat with a gift of politesse. She has to be smart, analytical, articulate, and hard-working. And she has to have the confidence of the president. Which she clearly does.
It is not surprising that the power of technology available to support post-conflict humanitarian action vastly surpasses the ability of governments, ...
Barack Obama had a pretty bad month inside the Beltway, with Republicans on the warpath over multiple scandals. Outside Washington, Obama didn't have too bad a month at all, as his job approval ratings barely budged.
Whether it's the missteps of Benghazi, the IRS' profiling of Tea Party folks or the DOJ's end-run on reporters, there is a pattern to the plays of the crisis-ridden playmaker. Think Nixon on Watergate, Reagan on Iran-Contra, Clinton on Lewinsky or, lately, Obama and his deputies on You-Name-It.
Republicans in the Senate are abusing the filibuster to keep jobs -- in both the executive and judicial branches -- unfilled while sitting idly by and letting economic growth take a hit in the name of ideology.
If it's not one thing for President Barack Obama, it's another. Already struggling in trying to get ahead of three controversies threatening to engulf his administration, he now has heightened geopolitical crises to manage.
There is no scandal here but there is an unseen, unpublicized, and potentially more dangerous failure clouded by Republican histrionics that distracts and affects the American people.
Since the fall of the Nixon Administration, Republicans have attacked Democratic administrations by appending "gate" to the first two-syllable word they can find.
They say nobody can survive a scandal in Washington during the summer months. It's "quiet time" in the nation's capital, legislators are back home, p...
That it has taken a trifecta of scandals to awaken the minions of the press to their duty speaks volumes on how successfully prevailing narratives define what the public accepts as truth.
The fact that Republicans supported their corrupt president doesn't make the accusations against the Obama Administration baseless, but it should be enough to give Republican voters pause as we go forward.