Troubling - since I had linked to this study and the initial criticism provided by Pat at Stubborn Facts while Jane and I were co-InstaSubs, one might view this as a case of the right hand not knowing what the far right hand was doing.
Very briefly - the study claims that at the local level, roughly seven times as many Democrats as Republicans are investigated, based on media reports. Among Federal and state-wide office holders (Congressman, Senators, Governors), the split is roughly 50/50.
The authors (and their fans!) know this is bad, even though they collect no comparable figures for previous Administrations and even though the big cities were newspapers and Federal prosecutors are based are emphatically not controlled by Democrats and Republicans in anything like a 50/50 ratio. And to compound the confusion, Pat at Stubborn Facts noted the absence of some Republicans from the data set - Dick Cheney was not the subject of Fitzgerald's investigation, for example, public perceptions notwithstanding.
Never mind - my Bold Prediction from a few weeks back was this:
... although it is junk social science, it is partisan junk social science, so it will surely retain its audience. And we thank Paul Krugman, who popularized it with his mention in a column last week.
As to the partisan proclivities of professors Cragan and Shields - their "study" was published at "E Pluribus Media", a push-back outlet created by some Daily Kos regulars.
For another glimpse of their partisan leanings, here is their deck of cards depicting the most incompetent and corrupt Republicans. From their intro:
We thank the many participants in our Corruption and Incompetence in American Politics Project. If you are an elected official, politician, canvasser, campaign supporter, advisor, block Captain, County Committee member, or just the neighbor next door, don’t leave home without the Republican ‘Culture of Corruption and Incompetence’ Card Deck.
Fine, so they are partisan activists. Not that there is anything wrong with that! But please don't expect me to take this flawed partisan study as anything other than the hack-attack it is.
PILING ON: Tom Elia has yet another problem with this "study":
To sum up, 134 of the 375 cases presented in the 'study' (35%) came from just five states. Of the investigations in these states, 113 were of Dems, 20 were of Repubs.
The states in question were Illinois, New Jersey, Louisiana, Maryland, and New York.
I blame Patrick Fitzgerald!