That Benghazi would remain at the forefront of the contentious American political conversation speaks less to any special circumstances of the attack, and more to the insidious nature of a Republican noise machine that has grown in size and decibels over the last four decades.
There are issues that you just have to get in front of if you're going to win an argument or an election. The leader among potential election-breakers requiring Hillary Clinton's early attention is, of course, what has come to be known simply as "Benghazi."
Conservatives have casually smeared numerous Obama officials over Benghazi for the last 11 months, yet the embassy attacks surrounding William Clark's tenure as Reagan's national security adviser apparently did not blemish his long public career.
Ideologues who criticize the media believe that their particular ideological hobbyhorse would win the day if only the media paid greater attention to it. This complaint often takes form in the question: "Why is the mainstream media ignoring ... ?"
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.