I am friggin' blown away by the rash of sex scandals in government. I was listening to NPR yesterday afternoon, with my mouth hanging open, when Neal Conan and Don Gonyea came on the air with this story (listen, it's quite a radio moment) about South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford and his unlikely, unknown and unexpected trip to see his Argentine amor. Holy infidelity! John Ensign, the Nevada senator who couldn't keep his "promise" to his wife or his faithful; John "Oh how the mighty have fallen" Edwards, his infidelity and & possibly a child (yikes!)with a staff member; Mark Foley, gettin' it on with pages; Larry Craig, Idaho senator, gettin' it on in with any male port in the bathroom of the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport (yuck); Eliot Spitzer, the Elliot Ness of NY who was cleaning up the city couldn't clean up his own act. The list goes on and on. We can blame it on President Clinton whose tawdry affair with Monica Lewinsky is still headline worthy or we can accept that this has and will continue ad infinitum.
What astonishes me is how these men are so transparent, so careless and so unrepentant. Were they repentant, most would resign their posts and show true contrition. I don't understand how aspiring politicians with good solid careers commit so many stupid acts. Yeah, okay, I'm naive. My husband laughs at me and says, "What do you expect? These guys think they're bullet-proof. They think they're above the law. It's all about entitlement."
Interesting article in the NY Times yesterday regarding this. Another good article on the NPR's "Talk of the Nation" program and how the story broke live on the air.