What constitutes a scandal? One would never know drawing from certain Herald letter writers and media outlets.
Chris Christie's "Bridgegate" imbroglio bears remarkable similarities to Watergate, the mother of all modern-day political scandals (with apologies to Iran-Contra and Monica Lewinsky). Said aphorism: The cover-up is worse than the crime.
What did House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa ultimately accomplish and uncover during his interminable hearings regarding the Fast and Furious "scandal?" Well, basically nothing.
Benghazi, meanwhile, proved to be less scandal than tragedy -- myriad human error. To use a crude, yet apt, parallel, if Benghazi were indeed a scandal, then 9/11 was a scandal 750-fold. (See: the Aug. 6, 2001, President's Daily Brief titled "Bin Laden determined to strike in US," brushed aside by George W. Bush while clearing brush at his Texas ranch; further, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice denied the memo's existence until mid-2002.)
The IRS "scandal?" It took place at a service center in Cincinnati, far removed from Washington, D.C. headquarters. Left-leaning groups were red-flagged as well as tea partyers.
The NSA "scandal?" Its current tactics stem from the October 2001 USA Patriot Act. As former NSA and CIA director Gen. Michael Hayden recently stated, "The NSA is not Bush's program or Obama's program ... it is America's program."
The Obamacare "scandal?" It's a law, not a scandal. The right opposes it because of their dislike of a man and/or government. (Ironically, nascent ideas both included and eventually discarded from the AFA came via the Heritage Foundation.) Some on the left also oppose the law, feeling it didn't go far enough.
But as to what constitutes an actual scandal, George Will made the corollary of Watergate to Bridgegate on Jan. 12 "Fox News Sunday": "We (Richard Nixon, Christie) should use the federal machinery of government to 'screw our enemies,' that's what this was about."