Strange bedfellows

Posted by lex, on October 3, 2006

B2 and the WaPo are on the same page.

Yes, you read that correctly:

In recent years, for the most part, Democrats have been able to survive their sordid escapades while Republicans have paid with their political lives…

That’s how it usually turns out for members of the conservative, traditional-family-values party. Just ask Bob Livingston, Jack Ryan, Bob Packwood, Dan Crane or others in the GOP who’ve watched their careers go pffft! with salacious disclosures. Or ask Bill Clinton, Gerry Studds, Barney Frank and other Democrats who’ve withstood embarrassing revelations to govern another day…

“The reality is that Democrats seem to get away with more,” says Chuck Todd, editor in chief of the Hotline, a daily political journal. “They can have an affair and bail [themselves] out. There’s a lower threshold for Republicans. I guess it’s more of a hypocrisy thing,” he adds, because such scandals put Republicans at odds with the party’s socially conservative image.

Todd thinks he knows who’s to blame for this: “It’s the media, to be honest. What is the standard ‘gotcha’ story in the media? It’s hypocrisy. If we can prove hypocrisy, we have a story. . . . So in a sex scandal, the bar for Republicans is lower.”

Actually, the conduct bar is set higher, and frankly I’m OK with that. The problem I’ve got is that imperfect rectitude wars with near-perfect libertinism. And loses.

Somebody should write a book.

Oh, right: It’s been done.

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