15. I agree. There is assassination and character assassination. Both work effectively.
Once the media owners, oligarchs and GOP operatives decide someone has to be ushered away from the action, it's their oldest trick. It's used very effectively against Democrats, because they don't want any taint to their ideas of good governance.
It's ineffective against the GOP since they are the party claiming all government is evil, seeking to dismantle it, or rather cut it into pieces to fit into their sponsors' pockets.So their moral lapses do not effect their voting block who intend to profit off of other citizens they do not know and are taught to despise.
The Kennedys are an example of both methods of assassination being employed. Kill off them literally or kill off their ideals. The people of MA didn't fall for the strategy, even though nationally more of them did, until myth became fact to them, without really looking at the players.
To know what a person really is, you need to know their supporters, but even more so, their enemies. Not to them personally, but their philosophy and who that effects.