riddler78 saidWhy focus on scandals is unlikely to backfire on GOP as in 1998
What backfire? Republicans remained in power in both the Senate and House afterwards. So much for a "backfire".
Clinton left office with I think around a 62% approval rating. It's not that Clinton didn't break a few laws, including perjury, which if memory serves me right, included losing his bar ticket in two states and a $750,000 fine.
I think the high approval rating represented the public's disgust at both the criminalization of politics and the over intrusiveness of the federal government.
Or the correlation between how the economy and country is feeling ties into the President's approval rating. When Bush first came to the White House he had a ridiculous approval rating. Two wars, an economic downturn later spiraled that number down.
All true, and then Bush's retrospective approval rating comes back up when compared with successor when the public realizes that it ain't 'no bed of roses'. The presidency is an almost impossibly difficult job regardless of who is the current occupant.
"When Bush first came to the White House he had a ridiculous approval rating"
Actually that was in the aftermath of 9-11