Surviving Political Scandal

How do politicians like Anthony Weiner bounce back from a sex (or any) scandal?

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Surviving Political Scandal
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Surviving Political Scandal

Anthony Weiner is definitely not the first U.S politician to find himself wrapped up in a sex scandal. But being implicated in a political scandal may no longer be a career death sentence. Newt Gingrich and Mark Sanford are just two examples of politicians who have gone on to have successful political careers despite past infidelities.

So, what does this say about the American electorate? Do we really not care about the private lives of politicians, as long as they do their jobs?

We will look into why so many politicians are able to make career comebacks after being embroiled in scandal and what this says about the memory of the American electorate. Do voters simply forgive and forget?