Scandals can be covered up until after an election. Major news stories can be buried. People can be blackmailed or bought off. Characters of opponents can be assassinated. Police can be illegally used to investigate opponents. Political allies will avoid prosecution for crimes. Political opponents can be prosecuted on trumped up charges. Voters can be intimidated at the polls to vote certain ways. People often will embrace a hear-no-evil, see-no-evil, speak-no-evil mindset towards their candidate and party. A political party and sitting president can cultivate a personality cult that grows into messianic proportions.