My problem is that this is just not news. Politicians have affairs. Big whoop. Unless this is Eliot Spitzer breaking the law, who cares??? Not I.
I repeat what I said only a few months ago:
A number of years ago, I watched Woodward and Bernstein give an interview on the lasting effects of Watergate. They basically agreed: the good thing was that people did more investigative journalism, the bad thing was that what had been private no longer was (they used the example of a former President who "everyone" knew had a mistress but no one felt the need to expose because that was private business). I have to say "amen".I worry about the current political climate, where it's not enough to have a platform and ideas, you also have to tear down your opponent. Where's the value in that? It doesn't help us, the little people you're supposedly trying to serve.
There's a line between illegal and immoral, between punishable-by-law and sleazy. Since the Watergate era, we've been exposed to an ever-increasing wave of Too Much Information. I really only need to know about the illegal stuff. The "questionable judgment" stuff? Not so much.
If I were a bigger "name", if I had more influence than this tiny blog, I'd scream at the candidates: stop the nonsense. Let me know who you are, what you stand for, and how that differs from the other guy. I don't care what you think about the other's personality, lifestyle, childhood or taste in ice cream. And I don't want to hear from anyone about anything that really isn't relevant. Media of both types, and on both sides, stop stirring the pot, report intelligently and let the blabbering bloggers just yell into the void.
It's enough to make me watch endless reruns of Law & Order and the Olympics and bury my head until sometime mid-2009.