President Obama isn’t the only one whose fortunes are on the line in the face of a trio of explosive political scandals that are consuming Washington.

The Justice Department’s monitoring of reporters, the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups and the White House’s handling of the Sept. 11 Benghazi, Libya, terrorist attack could also haunt Obama’s fellow Democrats, many of whom are already facing headwinds in next year’s midterm elections.

With Republicans — and much of the public — convinced the controversies will linger into 2014, some Democrats a year and a half ahead of the election are already talking about the electoral consequences they will face when voters head to the ballot box.

“We haven’t exactly been emboldened by the White House’s response,” a senior aide to a Democratic House member told The Washington Examiner. “Could the Republicans overplay their hand? Absolutely. But if the White House doesn’t clean this up, it’ll just linger and linger — to our detriment.”

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