Benghazigate and Watergate
Benghazigate is a national-level cover-up of a security and foreign policy debacle that resulted in the deaths of four Americans.
Watergate was merely a national disgrace.
Will Mr. Obama be able to run out the clock on Benghazi? It would appear he will. That doesn’t ensure his re-election, but a Watergate-like media frenzy which unpacked the entire Benghazi story would reasonably increase the chances of Mitt Romney’s election.
The intelligence community, purposefully thrown under the bus by the Administration more than a month ago, has been simultaneously backpedaling while assuming a defensive (‘not our fault’) position. From Fox:
Fox News was told by both American and British contacts who were in Benghazi that night [9/11] that the CIA timeline rolled out this past week is only “loosely based on the truth” and “doesn’t quite add up.”
It’s easier to attribute the initial problems with the Benghazi debacle to the Administration’s policies (and incompetence), but over time, the conspiracy story-line (that is, they needed to protect their national security narrative; that al Qaeda is toast) has more explanatory power.
While the fog of war and its corollary, the first report from the field is always wrong, may have explained some of the initial fumbles, the Administration has had six weeks since the Benghazi debacle to get a factual story together and has still failed to do so.
The Hurricane got the Administration out of the Benghazigate semi-spotlight and the media shows little interest in engaging on the subject as it might reasonably result in a Watergate-like scalping of Mr. Obama, VP Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, or Leon Panetta. If the media felt they could get the scalps of DNI James Clapper and/or CIA Director David Petraeus, that would likely generate more interest.