The London Times is discrete about it, but there is no doubt that, in its article about the MSM’s studied avoidance of the John Edwards love child story, it is noting the New York Times’ remarkable double standard:
The New York Times has not deigned to touch the story, although it recently ran thousands of words on a relationship between McCain and a female lobbyist, which appeared to be based more on innuendo than fact.
Can’t put it clearer than that, can you?
By the way, I would not be at all surprised if we start hearing similar stories about Barack. My father always said “Democratic scandals are about sex; Republican scandals are about money.”
It’s true that, at the lower echelons, members of both parties have degraded themselves with sex and/or money scandals, especially lately. However, since Roosevelt’s time, when you look at the Presidency (or presidential wannabes) there is no doubt that it’s the Democrats who have been more likely to use the White House as their own personal cathouse.
In that regard, I offer you Roosevelt, Kennedy, and Bill Clinton as examples of Democratic presidents who slept around, with the last two doing so on a perversely heroic scale. At the candidate level (didn’t make it, but ran for it), first Gary Hart and now John Edwards wiped themselves off the slate with their escapades.
In the same era (1932 forwards), no Republican president has had a known affair (including Eisenhower, about whom false rumors swirled.) I also don’t recall any major Republican presidential destroying his candidacy with a sex scandal.
Given the fact that Obama is young and that women find him attractive (see this post too for that same point), and given the fact that he is a malignant narcissist (and narcissists in the Clinton mold have affairs to validate their sense of self), do you really think Obama isn’t a likely candidate for an affair?
I also don’t think that the scary Michelle is likely to stop him from having affairs, assuming that he does. After all, the equally scary Hillary never made a dent in Bill’s style.
I know this is all conjecture, but I’m putting it in writing. That way, if something ever comes out (and I think it will), I can go back to this post and say, “I told you so.”