Tagged: moritz scale of political bad behavior

Weighed And Found Wanting (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 1/6/2014 12:00 am

I first introduced the Moritz Scale of Political Bad Behavior in 2009 as a handy way to bring some kind of context to political faux pas, which all start to assume cataclysmic proportions — especially on cable TV news and most especially in the news slump that surrounds the holidays. The color-coded scale was modeled after the Homeland Security Advisory System, which was subsequently discontinued, but I still like it.

A 4 on the Moritz Scale (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 11/19/2012 12:00 am

The Moritz Scale, as you can see, ranks faux pas by political figures on a scale of 1 (behavior that “just looks bad”) to 5 (criminally bad behavior). It is applicable to political scandals that don't involve sex — Ernie Passailaigue, former director of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, was twice measured on the Moritz Scale with nary a zipper problem — but sex certainly does seem to crop up regularly. And this installment's subjects are currently involved in sex scandals.