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May 26, 2011


Where are the Obama Scandals?

Brendan Nyhan: "One of the least remarked upon aspects of the Obama presidency has been the lack of scandals. Since Watergate, presidential and executive branch scandal has been an inescapable feature of the American presidency, but the current administration has not yet suffered a major scandal, which I define as a widespread elite perception of wrongdoing. What happened, and what are the odds that the administration's streak will continue?"

Nyhan's research on presidential scandals finds the longest that a president has gone without having a scandal featured in a front-page Washington Post article is 34 months.














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