It is this use of dubious examples that causes many to just tune the other side out. There are plenty of solid examples of corruption and stupidity out there; there is no reason to have to resort to this. Hey Republicans, some Democrats might actually listen to you once in a while if you stuck to the facts instead of grasping at straws. This is what is wrong with the Republican party: they will say anything to win elections. Of course, this activity is common among Democrats as well.
And before you get to smug: Independents, Libertarians, and Greens, I've seen you all do the same thing.