Where are the Obama Scandals?

I have a new column in Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball on the striking absence of Obama administration scandals. Here’s how it begins:

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?

For more, please read the rest of the column and the research (PDF) on which it is based.

[Cross-posted at Brendan-Nyhan.com]

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Brendan Nyhan

Brendan Nyhan is an assistant professor of government at Dartmouth College.