Many political careers — particularly in the late 20th and this, the early 21st century thus far, have ended in embarrassing ruin. Bill Clinton, leaving office with some of the highest presidential approval rates in history, is often cited for jokes such as “having made the word ‘blowjob‘ politically correct,” or having all sorts of goofy images posted of him that would otherwise be looked over as innocuous. On the other hand, George W. Bush left office with among the lowest approval ratings in history — but in his retirement, the vehement rhetoric launched toward him, and his dismal approval ratings, have been softened by time.
Other political post-mortems have been much more hilarious. Former Congressman Anthony Wiener resigned in disgrace after he accidentally posted a photo of himself on Twitter; which blew open a scandal of himself sending less-than-fully-clothed pictures of himself to women online. Having resigned nearly two years ago, he’s now looking at making a comeback as a candidate for the Mayor of New York.
George W. Bush has essentially retreated to a private life — arguably because of the overwhelmingly negative view the people had on his Presidency; whereas Bill Clinton, while still as polarizing, has enjoyed overwhelming public support — even in the ever-existing shadow of his own sexual scandals in office.
Are such political comebacks possible? Could George W. Bush or Bill Clinton [or Anthony Wiener in this case!] make a comeback in a positive light, or would their scandals and disgrace continue to follow them?
- What is About Bill Clinton’s 1990s and the Democrats? (gestetnerupdates.com)
- Washington: Bill Clinton watches ‘Scandal’ (politico.com)
- Obama to attend George W. Bush library dedication in Texas (politico.com)
- By all means, let’s reopen the WeinerGate wound (legalinsurrection.com)
- George W. Bush ‘costliest ex-president’ (bigpondnews.com)