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COLLINS: Nothing like a scandal to bring joy in D.C.

Let's try to come up with some positive thoughts about the recent political fortunes of the Obama White House:

; Economy's getting a little better. Deficit's dropping.

; Bill Clinton had a really terrible second term and look how well things turned out for him.

; Nobody in the administration has been caught driving to Canada with Bo the dog strapped to the car roof.

It's been quite a week, what with the IRS scandal, the Benghazi controversy and revelations about the Justice Department's sweep of the Associated Press' phone records. Plus, the Russians came up with an alleged American spy in a bad wig who they said was caught carrying a compass, an atlas of Moscow and a ridiculous traitor-recruitment letter. That one could be a setup, but if it's real, then we are just going to have to cancel the summer.

Republicans were leaping joyfully through the capital like overcaffeinated gazelles. There is not a committee chairman in the House of Representatives who isn't planning hearings of outrage about something — except maybe the poor woman John Boehner appointed to run the committee in charge of housekeeping.

Heads must roll! Sen. James Inhofe announced that "people may be starting to use the i-word before too long," having apparently missed all the prior calls for the president's impeachment for everything from failure to balance the budget to gun control.

Sen. Marco Rubio demanded "the IRS commissioner's resignation," possibly unaware that the nation had not had an IRS commissioner since last November. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid expressed doubt that the nation would be satisfied just with the head of "some temporary guy" and called for a permanent appointment. This was presumably due to Reid's desire for stability, not just a more rewarding target.

The acting commissioner did, indeed, get the ax Wednesday, but the chances that the Senate is going to approve a new Internal Revenue Service commissioner are approximately as good as the odds it will include zombies under Social Security.

Reid is still struggling with the nominations for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Environmental Protection Agency, which have been held up by the Republicans on the grounds that they don't really like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Environmental Protection Agency. The Labor Department appears likely to get a new leader the very second hell freezes over. Also, Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri has vowed to put a hold on EPA nominee Gina McCarthy until he gets a new floodway project.


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