I went looking for information about the sexual misconduct of Newt Gingrich and found a Wikipedia article titled, List of Federal Political Sex Scandals in the United States. After finding what I was looking for I scanned the results from 1900 to the present. To be honest I was hoping to find that most sexual scandals involved Republicans and not Democrats. Here’s what I did discover:
- 1900-1969: There were only four scandals and half were D and half were R. I’m thinking there were lots more but they either didn’t get caught or didn’t get reported.
- 1970-1979: This decade witnessed six scandals, all involving Ds.
- 1980-1989: There were twelve scandals during the 1980s and once again there was a tie. Each party scored a six.
- 1990-1999: Fifteen of our elected officials got their tail caught in the ringer during this span of time with the Rs racking up an impressive ten scandals.
- 2000-2009: During this decade another fifteen politicians bit the dust with the winner being the Rs with a total of eleven adventures.
- 2010-2015: Only half way through the decade and we’ve already witnessed seven politicians misbehaving. The score so fare is four to three with the Rs in the lead.
Draw your own conclusions, make out of this what you will, but I’m pretty sure we’re destined to see these numbers increase until the politicians come to realize that today there are eyes and ears unlike anything they’ve ever known.