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Vot­ers are hard pressed to un­ravel two con­cur­rent po­lit­i­cal dra­mas, both with dire con­no­ta­tions. At their most ba­sic, there are claims that the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion surveilled Pres­i­dent Trump’s 2016 cam­paign — and coun­ter­claims that there was com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the Trump cam­paign and Rus­sian of­fi­cials. Both sce­nar­ios are sub­ject to spin by pun­dits and news me­dia. In­ves­ti­ga­tions and con­flict­ing ac­counts are many, ramped up by cal­cu­lated dis­trac­tions, bomb­shells, cover-ups, leaks and the on­go­ing bat­tle to con­trol the pub­lic nar­ra­tive.

But has the tur­moil reached “-gate” sta­tus, re­quir­ing the des­ig­nated suf­fix that has ac­com­pa­nied scan­dals and im­pro­pri­eties for the last four decades? There’s Water­gate of course, and Trav­el­gate, Cli­mate­gate, Bridge­gate and dozens more. The all-pur­pose “Oba­m­a­gate” has been cir­cu­lat­ing as both a Twit­ter hash­tag and pop­u­lar head­line for sev­eral weeks. So that’s al­ready taken.

“The smok­ing gun in Water­gate was Pres­i­dent Nixon’s ef­fort to use the CIA to im­pede an FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tion. What kind of ‘gate’ is the mis­use of the in­tel­li­gence com­mu­nity to get inside in­for­ma­tion on an op­pos­ing pres­i­den­tial can­di­date?” writes Amer­i­can En­ter­prise In­sti­tute se­nior fel­low Peter J. Wal­li­son in an es­say for RealClear Pol­i­tics. “It may turn out that the Democrats, so ea­ger to prove that the Trump cam­paign was col­lud­ing with the Rus­sians, have unknowingly blun­dered into a mat­ter that will come back to dam­age both their party and the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion.”

Talk ra­dio king­pin Rush Lim­baugh had a telling pre­dic­tion for the Demo­cratic Party and the news me­dia it­self — a con­glom­er­a­tion he fre­quently calls the “Demo­cratic me­dia com­plex,” among other things.

“They’re a big hate group now, and they’ve been con­sumed with their ha­tred for Don­ald Trump, con­sumed with their ha­tred for the Amer­i­can peo­ple who voted for Trump, con­sumed with their ha­tred for open elec­tions, con­sumed by their ha­tred of the fact they can’t get rid of Trump,” Mr. Lim­baugh told his 10 mil­lion-mem­ber au­di­ence Tues­day. “Folks, the only thing I’m telling you is, in terms of hu­man­ity, that you do not build good, pos­i­tive, grow­ing move­ments from a foun­da­tion or plat­form of hate. And they are con­sumed by it now. They are rav­aged by it, and they have be­come com­pletely ir­ra­tional to the point of even openly ac­knowl­edg­ing the aban­don­ment of the sa­cred prin­ci­ples of jour­nal­ism in or­der to stop Don­ald Trump.”

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