Looking at Great Political Blunders

Political history is full of political blunders that have sunk Presidents while others managed reelection but their reputation, and that of their party and the United States suffered in the process. While plenty are small, it’s the great political blunders that stick out, like the following.

The Watergate Scandal
Watergate was the blunder of all blunders. Nixon, by all accounts, was the heavy favorite to win the upcoming election but his blatant disregard for the law and work trying to sabotage the other party’s candidates led to his impeachment and resignation. Since then even worse stories have come out as the active sabotaging of campaigns and planning the assassination of a U.S. journalist, but Watergate was the blunder of all blunders.

“Mission Accomplished”
Former President George W. Bush probably sorely wishes that banner wasn’t up, it turned out 14 years and counting too early. Aside from the flag, the whole handling of the Iraq war was a disaster. From leaks in intelligence accusing the administration of lying about their reports to encourage war, to Cheney’s famous line in 2005 about the insurgency being in its death throes. Even the wild predictions of democracy and peace were taking hold in the middle easy for future security, which fell flat, added up.

Prohibition
Prohibition was strong-armed into becoming a Constitutional amendment, led to the mafia, organized crime, and some of the most violent times in U.S. history, resulted in the government poisoning moonshine and American citizens, and finally being appealed. This is one of the greatest examples of political failure in U.S. history – though fortunately for FDR pulling the country out of The Depression kept his legacy depressed.

Campaigns are not immune from great political blunders, as well. Ask Howard Dean about his infamous scream that sunk his campaign, Ed Muskie’s crying, or about anything Ben Carson has said for months.

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Looking at Great Political Blunders

Political history is full of political blunders that have sunk Presidents while others managed reelection but their reputation, and that of their party and the United States suffered in the process. While plenty are small, it’s the great political blunders that stick out, like the following.

The Watergate Scandal
Watergate was the blunder of all blunders. Nixon, by all accounts, was the heavy favorite to win the upcoming election but his blatant disregard for the law and work trying to sabotage the other party’s candidates led to his impeachment and resignation. Since then even worse stories have come out as the active sabotaging of campaigns and planning the assassination of a U.S. journalist, but Watergate was the blunder of all blunders.

“Mission Accomplished”
Former President George W. Bush probably sorely wishes that banner wasn’t up, it turned out 14 years and counting too early. Aside from the flag, the whole handling of the Iraq war was a disaster. From leaks in intelligence accusing the administration of lying about their reports to encourage war, to Cheney’s famous line in 2005 about the insurgency being in its death throes. Even the wild predictions of democracy and peace were taking hold in the middle easy for future security, which fell flat, added up.

Prohibition
Prohibition was strong-armed into becoming a Constitutional amendment, led to the mafia, organized crime, and some of the most violent times in U.S. history, resulted in the government poisoning moonshine and American citizens, and finally being appealed. This is one of the greatest examples of political failure in U.S. history – though fortunately for FDR pulling the country out of The Depression kept his legacy depressed.

Campaigns are not immune from great political blunders, as well. Ask Howard Dean about his infamous scream that sunk his campaign, Ed Muskie’s crying, or about anything Ben Carson has said for months.

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An Ode To Batman And Robin

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With over half a dozen major motion pictures, over seven decades of near continuous comic books and a dizzying array of television shows, video games and other storytelling mediums, DC Comics’ Batman franchise is among the most success of the past century. While contemporary characters such as Chandu the Magician (one of Bela Lugosi’s few heroic roles) and Solomon Kane (Robert E. Howard’s second most famous creation behind Conan the Barbarian) remain beloved by many vintage adventure fiction lovers, Batman and his companion, Robin, are among the few from the era who remain widely recognized even by those who do not follow comics.

Batman himself, and his secret identity of Bruce Wayne are something of an amalgamation of characters. Artist Bob Kane took in a great number of influences, ranging from the previous century’s iconic masked champion of justice, Zorro, to sketches from Leonardo Da Vinci’s notebooks to the secret identity complex of Superman to the genre tropes of the many of the pulp crime fighters of the 1930s and 1940s. The initial conception of Batman would probably be unrecognizable to all but a few of even the character’s most dedicated fans. The first idea for Batman was that of a gun-toting vigilante in an aggressive red costume who was at odds with the police.

Luckily, Bob Kane went to writer William Finger before pitching his character to National Comics (which later became DC Comics). William Finger refined the character into a less intense figure, a crime fighter who focused on his own abilities and was an ally of the police. Batman’s companion, Robin, was later added to the character’s mythos with the assistance of legendary comic book Jerry Robinson, who also co-created the duo’s icon enemy, the Joker. Robin was intended as a means by which the Batman character would better relate to the young comic book readers of the 1940s, but quickly branched out into his own archetype; the kid sidekick.

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