Who can tell if mud sticks to a pig?
Posted by aogTuesday, 05 August 2008 at 07:32 TrackBack Ping URL

What’s interesting to me is how it is presumed by observers across the spectrum that political corruption such as that of Senator Ted Stevens will be damaging to the GOP, yet scandals such as Representative William “Freezer Cash” Jefferson won’t damage the Democratic Party. Similarly, President Bush’s political failures are a liability for the GOP, but the laughably pathetic tenures of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are not a serious political issue for the Democratic Party. The scandals of Larry Craig vs. John Edwards. One could add how the plight of large cities and their educational systems rarely gets pinned on the party that governs almost all of those cities, or when pinned on a party it’s the GOP (e.g., “Reagan hollowed out the inner city jobs markets”, not “Democratic Party machines sold out their constituents”).

What I think is that all of this shows what people across the spectrum really expect out of the main political parties, in how surprising (or not) they find such events.

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