In American politics, scandals once sank campaigns once upon a time. For many voters, winning is not everything—it is the only thing. Some things that used to be staples of decency and sensible in American politics do not exist anymore. That results from an era in which nothing means as much as the letter next to a candidate's name. With voters viewing the other party as an existential threat to their lives or the republic, they seem willing to overlook any personal failing in the character of partisanship. Loyalty to the tribe, no matter how corrupt or obnoxious the candidate appears, is the new standard bearer.