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A study of US political scandals 30, March 2010

Posted by thegulfblog.com in American ME Relations.
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Someone with clearly too much time on their hands has undertaken an academic study of political scandals in US politics. They took into account

58 scandals over the past 20 years involving all politicians or major candidates for city mayor and above…[using]…a methodology that accounted for whether a crime was committed, versus inappropriate behavior; whether the charges were proven, versus alleged; the level of office held; and whether the incident involved children, staff, a coverup or hypocrisy.

Across the Beltway summarised their conclusions as follows:

– The number sex scandals has increased dramatically over the past few decades, thanks to technology, new press standards and a post-Clinton belief that everything is fair game.

– Democrats tend to have more problems with harassment, staffers and underage girls; Republicans tend to have more problems with prostitutes, hypocrisy and underage boys.

– Republicans have more scandals (32 to 26), but Democrats have bigger ones (13 out of top 20)

Hat tip: James Joyner