The Veterans Affairs scandal isn't bad just for President Obama. Witness the growing chorus of Democratic congressional candidates desperate to get some distance from the administration.
This week, would-be Democratic officeholders from moderate- and conservative-leaning districts started to call on Obama to fire VA Secretary Eric Shinseki after accusations that the department covered up long waits that led to the deaths of former service members.
"Those responsible must be held accountable, including Secretary Shinseki," said Aimee Belgard, the Democrat running for the swing-district seat held by retiring Republican Representative Jon Runyan of New Jersey.
"Unfortunately, this administration has fallen short in providing the kind of care that our veterans have earned," said Democratic Representative John Barrow, whose conservative Georgia district has an above-average number of veterans and is a perennial GOP target.
And in Florida, Democratic attorney Gwen Graham, running against Republican Representative Steve Southerland in another veteran-heavy district, said, "If the people in Washington can't show real leadership on this now, then they need to be replaced."
And that's just the start. Allegations that the White House reacted slowly to the department's problems has been the top story in Washington all week, and the attention and anger it has generated nationwide shows no sign of dissipating.