Coming out a few days later and invoking executive privilege? Not so much.
For most of the non-Fox viewing portion of the American electorate, the gun-smuggling operation gone bad called Operation Fast and Furious was obviously a story, but for critics of President Obama it has seemed more like an obsession.
The operation was intended to flush out gun smugglers and track the movement of guns, but instead it allowed thousands of weapons to get into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. Two such weapons were found at the murder scene of a U.S. border patrol agent killed in 2010.
Conservatives aren't keen on Attorney General Eric Holder, citing him for any number of perceived transgressions. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa has raked Holder over the coals numerous times.
That Committee voted (on a partisan basis) to hold the attorney general in contempt because he would not hand over Department of Justice documents requested by the committee.
That was big enough news. And then the Obama White House made it even bigger by invoking executive privilege in refusing to release the documents, getting directly involved in the case.
A poll commissioned by the Washington D.C. newspaper The Hill shows that likely voters disapprove by an almost 2-to-1 margin Obama’s assertion of presidential power in the case. Overall, 56 percent of voters disapproved of his action, while only 29 percent approved.
Even 28 percent of Democrats and 30 percent of self-identified liberals disapproved of Obama’s position in the Fast and Furious case.
Other parts of the poll were much more favorable toward the president. By a 48-41 percent margin, likely voters say Congress has been obstructionist toward Obama. On the question of who has been better at addressing the challenges the country faces, Obama received 43 percent support and Congress 38 percent.
After the 2010 Congressional elections, pundits who espouse lots of Conventional Wisdom said that the public prefers to not have one party completely in control of government in Washington.
But that's not true, according to the Hill's survey. By a 13-point margin, likely voters say they would rather have a single party control both Congress and the White House.