No, she didn’t actually say that. In fact, she said exactly the opposite:
We are in the midst of the worst Washington scandal since Watergate.
So why do I say the IRS and Benghazi scandals are officially over? Because once the GOP trot out La Nooners and her obsidian ball, it’s a safe bet that the reverse of anything she proclaims is almost certainly true. Remember this gem, written before last fall’s election (zackpunk at DailyKos had some fun with it here)?
Is it possible this whole thing is playing out before our eyes and we’re not really noticing because we’re too busy looking at data on paper instead of what’s in front of us? Maybe that’s the real distortion of the polls this year: They left us discounting the world around us.
That’s why when Noonan says this:
The reputation of the Obama White House has, among conservatives, gone from sketchy to sinister, and, among liberals, from unsatisfying to dangerous. No one likes what they’re seeing. (emphasis added)
…and yet the actual news media come up with some more of that icky “data on paper” stuff that so confounded Noonan in her pre-election Romney column, one might as well declare the scandals officially dead.
After the initial shock of three different, potentially-damaging scandals emerging virtually simultaneously (although in fairness, the GOP have been beating the Benghazi drum since last October), this come-down (for the GOP) has been in the mail for a while, as the media got a handle on what was really going on in each case. But it’s not just the disgraceful-yet-hilarious, Keystone Kops-like attempts of the GOP proper to smear and shiv (in the IRS case), and it’s not the now-certain knowledge that the GOP falsified Benghazi emails to make the administration look bad. Those things are indicators that the GOP only wishes there were more there than there is. But by themselves, they are not dispositive.
But folks, when Peggy Noonan declares you a sure thing, it means you are D-O-N-E.
Just ask this guy:
UPDATE: via bluegal, we learn that this Sunday’s guests on Meet the
GOP Press will include…Peggy Noonan. Also, Don Rumsfeld, Mitch McConnell, and Bob Woodward. Yup, it’s over. Even David Gregory knows it, which is why he’s trying to give the GOP every chance they can to milk as much political juice out of these “scandals” as they can, before they dry up and blow away. Funny, because during Iraq, MTP’s guest list was…McCain, Noonan, Rumsfeld, Cheney. It’s almost as if…