Political capital

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Political capital is a term referring to the amount of influence a public figure has over the government. It is typically gained by successfully achieving one's goals and by having a favorable image with the public. In turn, it is lost by being ineffective, unsuccessful, and unpopular.

The term came to prominence when President George W. Bush used it numerous times following his victory in the 2004 presidential election.[1]


  1. Schlafly, Phyllis (01-05-2005) Spending Bush's "Political Capital" Eagle Forum