Wednesday, March 14, 2007

"Maritally Challenged" Candidates

In his Washington Monthly article, High Infidelity, Steve Benen, poses the question, "What if three admitted adulterers run for president and no one cares?" The Republicans face a huge problem because their top drawer candidates are, indeed, maritally challenged.
Here's what Benen had to say:

"Lurking just over the horizon are liabilities for three Republicans who have topped several national, independent polls for the GOP's favorite 2008 nominee: Sen. John McCain (affair, divorce), former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (affair, divorce, affair, divorce), and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (divorce, affair, nasty divorce). Together, they form the most maritally challenged crop of presidential hopefuls in American political history."

I think that people do care about a person's character. I know that I do. How is the GOP's evangelical base going to deal with this?


Tina said...

They will confess to Jerry Falwell, be forgiven, and go on their merry way??

Kathy said...

Character is certainly important. For one thing, as Dr. Phil points out daily, past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior. Each of these men has shown a callous disregard for the feelings and welfare of the wives and children to whom they have sworn loyalty. What if the best interest of the country they have sworn to protect and defend conflicts with their own gratification?

Bill Clinton was all but burnt at the stake for his dalliances...and his wife is still vilified in part because she didn't toss him out on his ear. Can conservative Christians support such a double standard for their own candidates?
Better they should put them all on the same boat with our own adultery-ridden Bob Barr, lately of Washington D.C., and let them all sail into political obscurity.

Amy Morton said...

I think that it is important for us to talk openly and at length about the concerns these charactrer issues raise.