They’re trying really, really hard to be cool and not let the trio of scandals slip away like they did during Bill Clinton’s second term, when a congressman shot a melon to prove the death of a White House lawyer was murder, not suicide. “I’m being very cautious not to overplay my hand,” Louisiana Rep. Charles Boustany Jr. told The New York Times’ Jonathan Weisman. “It’s not like we’re trying to hurry or trying to slow it down. We’re just trying to proceed at the speed that gets to the truth,” Ohio Rep.
Jim Jordan said. “Top GOP leaders are privately warning members to put a sock in it when it comes to silly calls for impeachment or over-the-top comparisons to Watergate,” Politico’s Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei report.
Spiking the talk of Watergate now is a tacit admission that so many controversies that have come earlier in the Obama years were not such a big deal after all, but just a way to excite Republican voters while most of the public wasn’t paying attention. With general public scrutiny, apparently, comes general responsibility.