Saturday, August 9, 2008

Second Presidential Candidate Found Guilty of Adultery


EDWARDS JOINS McCAIN IN THE UNFAITHFUL SPOUSE CAUCUS

Slate

Democrats can’t be pleased with John Edwards’ confession that he had an affair with Rielle Hunter. It tarnishes the Democratic brand just as they’re gearing up for their quadrennial coming-out party, and the only thing more conspicuous than Edwards’ presence will be his absence. And Edwards could have a Mark Foley-like trickle-down effect in down-ballot races, where negative/positive party associations matter most.

But the news is not all bad for Democrats. First, Obama is pretty much soaked in Teflon when it comes to family matters. Second, it could be a lot worse: What if Edwards had actually won the nomination? And third, it introduces marital infidelity back into the conversation.

Recall, John McCain returned to the United States from Vietnam in March 1973. His wife, Carol, had been in a near-fatal car accident while he was gone. She was overweight, on crutches, and 4 inches shorter than when McCain had left. McCain ended up divorcing Carol for Cindy Hensley, his current wife. Carol has remained mostly silent on her marriage to John, except for one notable comment to a McCain biographer: “John was turning 40 and wanting to be 25 again.”
There were legal complications, too. The Los Angeles Times reported in June that McCain obtained a marriage license while still legally married to his first wife. McCain suggested in his autobiography that he divorced Carol months before marrying Cindy. In fact, that period was about five weeks. He also said that for the first nine months of his relationship with Cindy, he still “cohabited” with Carol. Social conservatives were never McCain’s base, but yes, it could get worse. (more)

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow, I didn't realize that Democrats were so tough about infidelity in candidates, seems like that's a Republican sort of thing to me.

Philothea

Katherine said...

Philothea,

Glad we can correct an unfair sterotype. God bless.

Rustler45 said...

Philothea,

Yeah, hadn't you noticed all the stong condemnations coming from Democrats concerning Bill Clinton and Ted Kennedy?

Why were you so unfair to the Democrats? Morality is definitely their thing.

betty said...

Republicans don't seem too tough. They knew about Mark Foley (R) chasing pages and did nothing until a gay rights activist exposed him. They still have Lary Craig (R-Men's Room) in their Senate Caucus as well as Senator Vitter (R-Hookerville). And now they have nominated John McCain (R-dumped first wife). At least he didn't dump her while she was in the hospital like Newt.

Anonymous said...

Katherine,
I have to laugh at your "unfair stereotype" comment. The Dems consistly said that Clinton's on-going infidelity in the White House was private and had no bearing on his political stances. The Dems have repeatedly returned Ted Kennedy to the Senate.

Somehow, I don't think that it's an "unfair" stereotype at all. It's just that for the Dems, if someone disagrees with them **and** does something immoral, then they can use the immoral action against them. That's the only time they care if someone does anything immoral is when they can use it against them.

Those who agree with the Dems, OTOH, get a free pass, no matter what the immorality. Chappaquidick, anyone?

Philothea

Milehimama said...

That's because it's the "new normal" in our society to commit adultery.

Sometimes people bother to "marry" their adultery partner, and sometimes they don't.

That's why there's not much public outcry... I think the JE backlash is more because his wife is sick and he lied about it for a long time, than that he actually had a tryst.

Katherine said...

Philothea,

A great many Democrats, including myself, thought Clinton should have resigned. I know of no one in the Party who condoned his behavior. That and the incident in 1969 you reference do not justify overlooking your Party leaders like Larry Craig, Mark Foley, David Vitter, John McCain, etc. Clearly "toughness on infidelity" is not the hallmark of the Republican Party.

I do not think Senator McCain's adultery and violation of his marriage vows makes him unqualified to be President. But it is not a point in his favor. If you think adultery is okay, please feel free to make your case.

Rustler45 said...

KATHERINE SAID: "I know of no one in the Party who condoned his behavior."

You must not know anyone in the Party.

How many practicing homosexuals are in office? Why aren't you saying anything about that? Is adultery worse?

Anonymous said...

How many practicing homosexuals are in office?

Larry Craig, Charlie Crist, Mark Foley, Jim Kolbe, Mark Melman,

Anonymous said...

Katherine,
You wrote: A great many Democrats, including myself, thought Clinton should have resigned.

Too bad y'all didn't speak out more loudly. All I heard was that it was a private matter with no bearing on how people should or should not support Clinton. From the first time he ran for president, there were allegations of impropriety, and yet the Dems still nomintated him, and the media very kindly supported him by keeping quiet about his problems.

Yes, there are Republicans with problems in their personal lives. But, according to the Democrats, those are private family matters with no bearing on their political positions.

Moreover, if the fact that McCain did this is the worst you can find out about him, well, I think you are stretching. It's not like this shows that he is still doing this.

And, when it comes down to voting for a man who committed adultery a few decades ago, and a man who supports infanticide and wants to make it practically impossible to overturn Roe v Wade, well, I'll go for the man who once committed a private sin over the man who wants to drag his sin into the White House and all the rest of us down with him.

Philothea

Katherine said...

Too bad y'all didn't speak out more loudly. All I heard ...

its too bad you were not listening.

Susan said...

Come on, Kate. We were all listening when the Dems kept saying it was just about sex and, therefore, not that important.

Katherine said...

Suan,

I've reviewed my copies of the minutes of the Democratic Party Committee and don't find any such declaration. I think you need to check your own notes.

Katherine said...

Suan,

I've reviewed my copies of the minutes of the Democratic Party Committee and don't find any such declaration. I think you need to check your own notes.