Are sex scandals the only scandals Americans care about anymore?
In the 1920s, the nation was rocked by the Teapot Dome scandal, which basically involved President Harding’s Secretary of the Interior receiving kickbacks for leasing oil fields.
Today, I suspect such allegations would be met with a collective yawn by the press corps since the scandal was devoid of, say, a congressman tweeting a nearly-nude photo of himself.
Heck one gets the feeling that Watergate might not even play today — unless there was a sex scandal attached to it.
Don’t believe me? Bill Clinton, you’ll recall, skated for years on boring accusations regarding Whitewater and cattle futures, among other things. It was only a sordid relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky that got the press salivating.
Sex sells. And if your scandal has a sexual component, you can bet the press will dig deeper than they otherwise would.