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.