Reasons to Be Cheerful*, Democrats

May 16, 2013

Moments like this, with the press and the opposition party spinning furiously about "scandals," are always a little dispiriting for the party in the White House. Regardless of the merits of the latest exercises in Washington hysteria -- IRS, AP, and Benghazi -- you can't help but worry when the Washington Post runs headlines about the White House being back on its "heels."

But there are three reasons Democrats should be smiling through this moment:

1. It will pass. It may even be starting to pass, as everyone realizes these problems did not involve the President.

2. The President and his team are smart and famously calm. Remember when many Democrats panicked after the first debate with Mitt Romney? Obama and his team stuck to their game plan and managed their way through the perceived problem.

3. The big picture is what's important. Passing media scandals are nearly meaningless. What does have meaning is that the President was re-elected, the auto industry was saved, health care is being made more secure for tens of millions of Americans, the rights of gay people are being recognized, the student loan system was made better and fairer, cars are getting cleaner and more efficient, we are not fighting two wars anymore, and a host of other accomplishments that really matter to people.

So if you're a Democrat, don't get caught up in the spin of the moment. The important stuff is fine. And if you're a Republican, remember all this when one of your presidents is caught up in an over-hyped "scandal."  

Living in the moment is good advice for life, but not for analyzing politics. 

*With apologies to Ian Dury and the Blockheads

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