Character in politics

Liberal Words
. . . . Just when I thought politics had reached the epitome of silliness, along comes Newt Gingrich with his explanation for marital infidelity. Doing damage control as a prelude to a presidential bid, he blames his affair with an aide on his overwork — due to passion for his country.
. . . . I imagine that she must have been wearing a flag T-shirt and that he was driven over the edge by the display of patriotism. This occurred while he was spewing words of righteous indignation over Clinton’s extramarital dalliances.
. . . . If this man gets anywhere near a legitimate run for our highest office, it will be a sad commentary on the state of our political system. If it reaches that point, I have a suggestion for a running mate: How about Charlie Sheen for VP? (Daytona Beach News-Journal, 3/17/2011, Charles Blum, Palm Coast.)
Discussion
. . . . As a fellow resident of Palm Coast it is clear our letter writer made one good choice in his life. His sense of humor is delightful, particularly his ability to compare a candidate for president with a Hollywood addict who is out of control. He implies that human frailty, when manifest among Republicans, is not just more serious, but is an entirely separate category.
. . . . Had the media openly reported Clinton’s history of serial dalliances over the years, as they will openly report Gingrich’s, Clinton might not have been elected to our highest office. Clinton finally compounded his hidden dalliances through perjury in office, a successful tactic of his for many years.
. . . . One must ask whether a character blemish in hiding works just like the same blemish in the light of day? Comparing Clinton and Gingrich as equally reprehensible ignores the serious morals (alleged criminal) charges buried in the wake of Clinton’s eight years in office.
The Antidote:
. . . . Gingrich’s legitimate run for our highest office is already at the starting gate. While Charlie Sheen is a fascinating selection for a running mate, an even better fit might be for Newt to run as a Democrat. There Newt could emulate his predecessors, Clinton, Kennedy, and FDR whose dalliance in office, until recently, raised scarcely a ripple on the political waters.
. . . . The dilemma this poses is whether it is better to join the ranks of accomplished transgressors, or start a fresh tradition within the Republican Party. On a dalliance scale, Newt would likely be judged a complete novice in both parties. Some fights you just can’t win.

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