September 3, 2007

I Think Americans Are Sick of Scandal

How many times has the Republican Party been caught in scandal? From Tom DeLay to Mark Foley and now to Larry Craig, questionable conduct has been second nature for the Republicans in public. Even more House Representatives like Randy Cunningham, and now another Senator, David Vitter, might come under scrutiny. It seems almost as if the GOP is constantly bombarded with a new scandal daily.

But are the American people sick of it? They were righteously outraged when the GOP was still in power, and it could be viewed as the majority party stealing out of Washington. Nowadays, the Republican Party seems to be on a wide retreat, after losing a 12 year control of the House and losing the Senate (although barely on the latter). Their candidates have no realistic shot of becoming President with a few exceptions.

Constant bombardment of a single message tends to weaken the power of that message. When the conservatives continually attacked Democrats by calling them liberals, soon enough the word lost the negative connotation they associated (or at least that connotation weakened) to the point where it wasn't effective anymore.

Now the same thing might be happening with the message of the Republican Party as corrupt and scandal filled. How many more times will the citizens of the US take this? Constant negative imagery will eventually create a backlash against the presenters of the image. If the Democrats simply sit and let the Republicans do the damage control, then their objective will be achieved. If, however, they press with a full frontal assault on all Republican party members, they might feel a backlash that could cost them the small lead that they do have now.

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