December 30th, 2008
12:51 PM ET

Please, no more scandal in 2009

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/12/24/naughty.politician/art.eliot.spitzer.gi.jpg caption="A recent poll found 23 percent of respondents think former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer should get the nod as the naughtiest politician of 2008."]

Donna Brazile
CNN Contributor

As poll after poll quantifies the public's immense admiration for Barack Obama as the incoming 44th president of the United States, other politicians, especially those elected to serve in the U.S. Congress, continue to yield approval numbers low enough to flash-freeze an elephant (or a donkey) in under a minute.

They have only themselves to blame.

Their troubles come against the backdrop of the seemingly endless scandals involving elected officials from across the nation and both sides of the political aisle, from New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer to Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to Idaho Sen. Larry Craig to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to U.S. Rep. Tim Mahoney of Florida, who only two short years ago was voted into office as a moral crusader to replace disgraced former Congressman Mark Foley.

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Filed under: Donna Brazile • Eliot Spitzer • Raw Politics • Rod Blagojevich
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Annie Kate

    I'm not sure that term limits will really resolve corruption; it might just speed it up since there is only so many days the Congress person can participate. There are some congress people and Senators who have served for many years and done a lot of good – experience does make a difference and we would lose that benefit with term limits. Perhaps random audits of elected officials should be done to ferret out the beginnings of corruption. Hopefully, catching someone doing it and the limelight they receive for it would discourage other people from doing the same. I hope with Obama's inauguration that we see a new age of political government – one marked with bipartisan cooperation, honesty, competence, and a true sense of service to the people.

    December 30, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  2. xtina, chicago IL

    Why don't people like you Donna, who have a larger public audience than say a voice such as mine, start a movement to install TERM LIMITS in ALL elected offices? Surely there's a "journalist" or other type of news person who believes in them. I notice you "journalists " don't have a problem showing your political views; why not talk up term limits more?

    December 30, 2008 at 4:10 pm |

    Hey Mr Cooper: My big question is about the CEO"s scandle ? How many of these CEO's like FULD who have been named a crook on your show? sSTILL have a job and why should they after making the mess this great nation is in today. ? Have they pocketed any of the taxpayers money from the BAILOUT funds. Why were they not fired from this position for their corruption or were they just petted on the back and got away with it, so what is going on now? We the people deserve an answer.

    December 30, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  4. Mike in NYC

    Donna's list lacks "diversity." Let's not forget the one and only Mr. Freeze, William Jefferson of Louisiana.

    December 30, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  5. Elise

    I am just thankful we live in an age where it is easier for these things to surface. I dont feel that corruption has risen, rather we are just more equipped to sniff it out.
    I hope our government and business leaders will watch, and realize this rising trend. And adjust accordingly.

    December 30, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  6. JC- Los Angeles

    As a registered Independent who voted for Obama, it's becoming increasingly clear that most, if not all, leaders of government and industry are morally bankrupt.

    Since the second plane hit on 9/11 and egregious interest rate cuts artificially propped up a nation in free fall, corruption and malfeasance have reigned supreme.

    Today, if you have 100 people in a room and 99 are lying, everyone wonders what's wrong with the other guy.

    Until our nation inplements and enforces oversight and until the deserving rather than the connected few make decisions, we will continually resemble a third world country.

    December 30, 2008 at 12:58 pm |
  7. Cindy

    If there are no scandals in '09 involving politicians I will be totally shocked! As a whole I do think that most of them are corrupt and just aren't caught. So it didn't shock me at all that so many were brought down this year. I actually don't think it's the end of it by far though!


    December 30, 2008 at 12:54 pm |