Bill cheated on Hillary. Franklin cheated on Eleanor. John cheated on Elizabeth. Ross cheated on Rachel, but they were on a break. Anthony didn’t cheat on Huma, he just sexted and sent out pictures of his wang.
Some of our best presidents were philandering horndogs. Some of our worst presidents maintained their marital vows – at least as far as we know anyway. I’m not gonna even try to explain it, I’m just wondering what should the rule for politicians and extra-marital sex be?
If we said it doesn’t matter we would be lying. Sometimes (at least) it does. If we said marital fidelity is a relevant issue in politics that would a license to dig dirt on every candidate. How do we know what’s there until we look, right? But if we said it only matters sometimes, how do we determine what “sometimes” is?
I predict we’ll keep on doing what we’ve been doing. For reasons that are totally unpredictable and incomprehensible we will be wildly inconsistent and occasionally schizophrenic. Sometimes it won’t matter, and others it will.
Some politicians will lose their careers because of mere rumors, while others will get caught red-handed with their hand in the nookie jar and never miss a day of work. Some guys will deny it and get punished anyway, but others will confess and walk scot-free.
A lot of it will have to do with the media and how they react to these stories. But the media are hardly paragons of virtue. How many of them could survive the scrutiny the give to others? If everyone followed Jeebus’ advice about throwing stones the media wouldn’t have much to talk about.