Steven Benen at our sister site Washington Monthly, picks up Paul Krugman‘s question about why conservative politicians are not damaged by scandals that would destroy liberal pols. Virtually all of comments on Benen’s post seem to accept the premise of teflon-plated conservatives. We can all think of a David Vitter or two to support that case, but I’d need to see a systematic study of scandals to accept that political ideology is a consistent predictor of consequences (or lack thereof).
Even one of Krugman’s examples “taking wide stances in restrooms” is in fact a counter-example: That scandal destroyed the career of Republican Senator Larry Craig. Congressmen Mark Souder, Mark Foley, Ed Schrock, Jim Bunn and Bob Livingston would be other counter-examples. And don’t forget Jack Ryan, the one time Obama opponent who had to resign in a sexual scandal in which he didn’t even have sex.
Addendum: Bonus points to those commenters below who remind me of the recent and high-profile self-destruction of Governor Mark Sanford, he of the Argentinian mistress.