Some discussion in one of the comment threads prompts me to ask, do you really care whether your favorite politician is corrupt? Sure, we’d all like our favorites to be pure as driven snow. But, seriously, assume McCain is your man and you believed Obama would do serious damage to America (or assume the reverse; it doesn’t matter). Would it matter to you to discover, beyond dispute, that your favored candidate was crooked as a three dollar bill and the opponent, who would ruin America if elected, is as upright as a saint? Would you punish the individual at the expense of the country (the phrase “cut off your nose to spite your face” comes to mind)?
Okay, would it make a difference if the sins of your favorite were entirely personal (Monica, Whitewater) or actual misuse of power (Watergate)?
We all love to point to the moral failings of the other candidate (gee, Obama provides lots of opportunities, doesn’t he), but does it really matter? I submit there are a few voters who would punish their candidate at the expense of their country, but I’ll bet they are darn few. For example, I doubt very many people at all who believe in Obama’s vision for America are going to be persuaded to vote against him because of the people he has associated with. What do you think? What would you do?