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  •  Oh, it's a long tradition... (0+ / 0-)

    American history, though more recently it's generally been in the South, is full of politicians who've managed to get re-elected despite blatant corruption.  Edwin Edwards in Louisiana comes to mind--- he had even gone to jail for corruption and still kept winning elections... even making his corrupt reputation part of his campaign.   Marion Barry is another famous case.  

    Here's a short list of some more (note: this may contain foul language)

    5 blatantly corrupt politicians America re-elected

    Conservatives need to realize that their Silent Moral Majority is neither silent, nor moral, nor a majority.

    by nominalize on Wed May 08, 2013 at 05:24:19 AM PDT

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    •  The false equivalency is strong with this one n/t (0+ / 0-)

      If it's
      Not your body,
      Then it's
      Not your choice
      And it's
      None of your damn business!

      by TheOtherMaven on Wed May 08, 2013 at 06:20:47 AM PDT

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      •  you're right--- they're not equivalent. (0+ / 0-)

        What Edwin Edwards and Marion Barry did were far worse, actually.  I should have made that clear.

        Americans are human beings, and human beings vote for all sorts of reasons that might sound perplexing.  But they're not really--- a lot of people in that district identify with Sanford's party, or his conservative culture, or his moral values (the real ones, not the purported ones). So even if they don't like him, they'll vote for the R.  

        Sometimes, the identification is more personal.  James Michael Curley was elected Mayor of Boston while still in federal prison for mail fraud, and had been at the center of a number of high-profile corruption cases, as the head of the city machine in Boston.  But he was loved by the voters, especially the working class Irish who felt he'd done right by them.  

        Going back, you'll find dozens upon dozens of such "characters".  It's part of democracy, even if it's off-putting.

        Conservatives need to realize that their Silent Moral Majority is neither silent, nor moral, nor a majority.

        by nominalize on Wed May 08, 2013 at 06:27:34 AM PDT

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