A recent study found that within four years, scandal-ridden House members do as well as their squeaky-clean colleagues.
The problem isn't that the IRS asked tea party groups to prove they weren't overly politics. It's that they targeted tea party groups for that scrutiny.
Unfortunately, for those who would like to see these policy problems being the IRS and DoJ scandals solved, the wrong party is angry about them and the wrong party is complacent.
If Republicans are going to spend the next few months obsessing over scandals, they need to be able to show that they're governing, too. Immigration offers them the best chance to do that.
If you've been watching the polls, you might think President Obama was having a good week.
Absent further revelations, the possible scandals that reach high enough don't seem to include any real wrongdoing, whereas the ones that include real wrongdoing don't reach high enough.
"How many 'game changers' did we see during the 2012 campaign, not one of which turned out to be an actual game changer?"
Political scientist Brendan Nyhan has researched the conditions in which scandals are most likely to take hold. The news is bad for the White House.
About 73 percent of scandal-tainted incumbents make it to the general election. Bad behavior hurts, although it is far from a political death sentence.