The Watergate in Washington, D.C.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), May 2010:
An e-mail from Rep. Darrell Issa's (R-Calif.) campaign suggested Wednesday that the controversy over Rep. Joe Sestak's (D-Pa.) alleged administration job offer could be President Barack Obama's Watergate scandal.
[Issa sent] an e-mail with the subject line "The Sestak Affair - Obama's Watergate?"
The Weekly Standard, September 2011:
Will the 'Fast and Furious' Scandal Be Obama's Watergate?
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), November 2011:
Appearing Friday afternoon on Fox News, Michele Bachmann made a striking accusation against the Obama administration, presenting a severe conspiracy surrounding the government's involvement in the failed Solyndra solar power company.
"It just stinks on every level. This makes Watergate look like child's play," Bachmann declared.
The American Spectator, this morning:
Is Media Matters Obama's Watergate?
So far, these assorted controversies haven't amounted to much. In fact, some aren't even coherent controversies at all.
Put even putting that aside, can the right at least come up with a new touchstone to serve as a point of historical comparison?
Update: Nick Baumann let me know I missed a good one: when a Democratic activist was caught impersonating Iowa's Republican secretary of state, a conservative writer said the story is "like Watergate."