Scandal and Its Limits

by Ramesh Ponnuru

My new Bloomberg View column covers the controversies suddenly damaging the administration — and how Republicans could still manage to help it out.

You would expect that Senator Lindsey Graham, who helped to lead the impeachment proceedings against Clinton, had learned to be cautious in pursuing a scandal. Yet he decided to tie the Benghazi investigation explicitly to the 2016 presidential race, saying that the controversy would doom Hillary Clinton. If Graham were a Democratic plant trying to make the investigation look like a merely partisan exercise, he couldn’t have done better.