Fernandez: When Jupiter Aligns With Mars: Are Scandals Coincidence, or Breaking Point?

A friend in D.C. with whom I was having a conversation remarked on the timing of our discourse with words to the effect of: “It’s a hot time in the old town tonight.” The headlines are definitely interesting: Benghazi, the IRS selective investigation of conservatives, plus a whole host of other issues — any of which would be front-page news by itself — are jockeying for a position above the fold.

It’s that crowded; almost like the planets were lining up. The ancients had a word for this kind of alignment of celestial objects: disaster – meaning “ill-starred.” The headlines look like The Onion on steroids:

“A Saudi man was arrested at Detroit Metropolitan Airport after federal agents said he lied about why he was traveling with a pressure cooker, according to a court documents filed Monday.” — Reuters.

“FBI surrounds house of Saudi student after sightings of him with pressure cooker pot.” — Daily Mail

Obama calls controversy over Benghazi talking points a “sideshow” — L.A. Times

“Abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell found guilty of murdering three babies” — Chicago Tribune

“‘You don’t want the IRS ever being perceived to be biased and anything less than neutral in terms of how they operate,’ said President Obama.” — Politico.

The Onion, except they’re real.


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