Those who aspire to public office in the United States are subjected to stringent background checks. Opposition staffers rake muck in an attempt to uncover a nugget of negativity that can then be sprung on the candidate. Like those folks with metal detectors on the beach, systematically covering every square inch, researchers delve deep into the pasts of opponents.
In our world, where everyone has a camera and twenty-four hour news channels abound, so much is committed to record that would have once gone undocumented. But even before the technology explosion, there was much to be dug up. Evidently many who are interested in public office have long histories of college politics or social action, providing searchable records.
In essence everything sticks. A candidate may find him or herself confronted with a statement made in university that goes against their current position. As if no one has ever changed their mind as they matured.
This brings me to the GOP and their Donald Trump conundrum. As Trump, the presumptive presidential candidate, continues to pull away from the pack the party establishment is trying to get him to act presidential. Assuming they are successful, and Trump starts coming off as someone worthy of the Office of President, the things he has already said won’t go away. It may already be too late to reel him in. Do the powers that be believe that people will just forget some of the egregious things he has said? Especially when the Democrats will be broadcasting them 24/7.
If I understand correctly, the same people who ‘drill down’ into a candidate’s past seeking any kind of slip, perhaps a brush with a campus communist party in college or a little league suspension for spit balls, now want the electorate to forget about statements made mere weeks ago. Very odd.