This list ignores Solyndra, LightSquared, Gunwalker, and other more recent items, and has been prepared in support of a Pajamas Media column which will appear in the next few days (Update: It’s here). Gunwalker is a longer-running matter, but because it for the most part hasn’t broken through an establishment press blockade, I’m addressing it in the column.
It isn’t necessarily (and probably isn’t) complete. Other suggestions are welcome, and I will consider adding them to the list as they are submitted. When evaluating potential additions, use the first dictionary definition of “scandal” at dictionary.com (“a disgraceful or discreditable action, circumstance, etc.”) as a guide.
- Obama’s refusal to seek Congressional approval before going to war in Libya.
- The administration’s voiding of disfavored secured creditors’ contractual rights during the Chrysler bankruptcy, as well as the accompanying intimidation.
- The Sestak and Romanoff job offer(s).
- The dropped Black Panther Pennsylvania voter-intimidation prosecution.
- The defiant reissuance of a virtually identical deep-water drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico after a federal judge declared the original null and void.
- The President’s clearly anti-constitutional signing statement preserving the positions of his czars in direct defiance of Congress, which specifically de-funded them.
- The scuttling of terror finance prosecutions against co-founders of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and others for what appear to be purely political reasons.
- The Justice Department’s refusal to enforce or defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). I know it’s quaint to refer to the Constitution, but the last time I checked, the executive branch is supposed to carry out and defend laws passed by Congress, not act as if it’s all three branches in one and ignore the law.
- Obama’s false claim, serially repeated, that his mother lacked adequate health insurance coverage in the year before her death as she was fighting ovarian cancer. In Ann Althouse’s words, Obama “lied about a central fact about his own life which he used — powerfully — to push health care reform.” The fact is that Stanley Ann Dunham had health insurance, but that her application for private disability coverage was denied.
UPDATE, Sept. 20: A commenter has mentioned the Gerald Walpin affair, which definitely qualifies.