A well-known columnist (some say it was Glenn Kessler) once wrote a much noticed piece on political scandals. He described how politicians are lured into scandal by the inherent nature of DC, and how DC, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of power and money called politics. He used it to describe how the Obama administration was just the latest in a long line of presidencies who suffer scandals, and that it really was not that different or worse than past administrations, and was deserving of only one Pinocchio.
At the end of his comments section, a little old lady wrote a passionate response. "What you have told us is rubbish. The Obama administration is really a never-ending campaign beset by scandal because it is the most politicized and corrupt administration in this nation's history. This administration is supported by four giant Pinocchios." The columnist typed a superior winking smile using a semi-colon, a dash and parentheses at the beginning of his reply and then continued, "What are the four Pinocchios resting on?"
"You're very clever, young man, very clever," wrote the old lady. But it's Pinocchios all the way down!"