If Democratic and “progressive” groups try to excuse what is clearly indefensible, there will be a strong negative impact – including the Republicans regaining the White House in 2016. The White House can’t put off or dodge the tough questions. In fact, they have to be avenging angels and they must work in cooperation with Republicans. They have to take the hits early and often and hope that the opposition over reaches. As has been demonstrated over and over again, the correct response to scandal is scrupulous honesty and swift action. We haven’t seen either so far.