According to Drudge Report editor, Joseph Curl, whether the scandal is allowing veterans to languish and die unattended, Benghazi, Obamacare, running guns, targeting conservatives, spying, or "trolling phone records of the media," the Obama scandal strategy kicks in almost before the crisis hits the banner of the Drudge Report. On Wednesday, Curl described what he considers the three-part Obama scandal formula in his Washington Times column.
"Each time Obama is faced with a scandal, he does three things," Curl explained. No matter the crisis, President Obama, first goes public, telling Americans "that he just didn't know," and expresses his outrage.
Secondly, Obama deflects blame, however vaguely to his predecessor, former President George Bush. Finally, according to Curl, Obama throws up a barrier to any future direct questions regarding the crisis by burying it under a "mass of bureaucratic red tape."
This third step is most effective, Curl observes, because once the matter is under a "blue ribbon investigation," it allows the White House and the president to dodge questions by expressing their regret that they cannot discuss it while under investigation. Most important, the investigation buys months, maybe even years, of time to allow the issue to fade in the court of public opinion.
Democrats have not been alone in quickly jumping to President Obama's defense. Recently conservative pundit Bill O'Reilly of FOX News said he was sure that Obama cared about America's veterans. However, at the same time, O'Reilly holds Obama responsible, not Bush, and feels there should be accountability.
Americans, Democrats and Republicans alike, appear to be deeply and equally concerned about the high number of Veterans Administration (VA) facilities facing internal investigations from the agency's own inspector general. The investigation is probing whether officials have cooked the books, falsifying wait times in an effort to conceal excessive delays facing veterans as they sought medical treatment. In Phoenix, it has been alleged that as many as 40 veterans may have died awaiting medical care.
Many feel this scandal is unlikely to go away. It tugs at the heartstrings of all Americans to think their bravest warriors are neglected. Many Americans are demanding accountability.
Over on the Drudge Report, the current damning headline banner reads, "Blame Bush." Following the link to the Washington Examiner article, Nancy Pelosi is quoted saying in defense of Obama regarding the Veteran Administration (VA) scandal, that he "sees the ramifications of some seeds that were sown a long time ago," following "two wars over a long period of time and many, many more, millions more veterans." It must be noted that Pelosi never explicitly mentions Bush by name.
The Drudge Report is also featuring a controversial flash-back to an article in which the president pointed proudly to the VA as the ideal model, a mirror for what national health care reform should do for American health care. During that period, pundits shored up Obama's claim that the VA was a shining example showing that national health care or "socialized medicine" works.