THE FUTURE! It is not at all difficult to predict the effects of the latest Scandals on any future election: that would be, none. None effects.
I'll here just lay odds; what I think ought to matter is not in it. This is just Sports Talk. Who is in and who is out as if we were God's spies and so forth, ahem.
DRONES. Drones aren't even a "scandal"; the brutal reality is that it's impossible to get Americans to give a shit about where the bombs land. Or, relatedly, about who is in Guantanamo, or what Guantanamo even is, exactly.
Abu Ghraib didn't move any polls.
IRS. This is the one that might matter, but the GOP is not remotely capable of doing anything with it. Here, read this...
If you can give a flying fuck after a single sentence of that article, you are Rocky the Only Flying Squirrel Ever Who Fucking Gives a Flying Squirrel Fuck.
To paraphrase Ken Starr, "thank Christ for the blowjob."
That was the only goddamn thing about the Clinton impeachment that anyone could remotely understand, because the rest was stupid. And then -- nobody cared much about the blowjob. Sanely.
A lotta funny dick jokes though...
But back to 2013.
To the extent that what happened was the IRS squabbling with the Tea Party... oh look, those two kids nobody likes are fighting. How sad they have knifed each other in the groin. Ochone.
BENGHAZI. The talking points!
AP & FOX PRESS STUFF. Nobody will vote based on the government abuse of the press, because nobody likes the press or the government. Who cares who exactly is screwing you, when they didn't even buy you dinner?
My conclusion is that nothing is likely to change and that the United States as presently constituted is far too topheavy with crazy douchebags in leadership positions to survive very much longer.