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February 12, 2004
Not This Again!

Matt Drudge reports this morning that a new bimbo eruption is coming, and that John Kerry is the target. I'm not bothering to excerpt this story; if you're interested, click the link. Unless this story involves harassment, I'm not interested at all.

I feel that John Kerry is a terrible choice for President. I think that marital infidelity shows a lack of moral fiber. But I don't feel that the two are related, nor should they be. It's faux-scandals like this that make it difficult to find people to serve in the public arena. Marital infidelity without illegal behavior is an issue between the Senator, his wife, and God. If being without sin will be a minimum requirement for President, I'd like to see that slate of candidates.

What, then, is the difference between John Kerry and Bill Clinton? Plenty. For one thing, Clinton and his supporters turned businesses into witch hunts with poorly-defined sexual harassment laws and policies, making his trysting with an intern in the White House extremely hypocritical. For another, the transparent attempt to buy her silence with a Revlon job arranged by Clinton's close adviser Vernon Jordan paralleled the Webster Hubbell case, and was pursued as a pattern of obstructing justice. Finally, regardless of the advisability of forcing Clinton to testify on this issue, he committed perjury. Had Clinton had the sense to cheat with someone outside of his office and avoid paying her off to keep quiet, none of the impeachment business would have occurred.

I've seen just enough of the details to see that none of this applies to Kerry, and anyone who pursues this as an election strategy will find themselves covered in the muck almost as much as Kerry, including Drudge and any other news sources. It's silly, it's pointless, and it will only serve to generate sympathy for Kerry in the long run. (See Bill Clinton and Gary Hart.) Let's bury this garbage and focus on the issues.

UPDATE: Going around the Northern Alliance as much as I can, I see that Saint Paul at Fraters Libertas agrees with my assessment, but Hindrocket at Power Line thinks that it will have some effect on the race, at least initially, perhaps boosting John Edwards. I think it would be more likely to boost Howard Dean, who has a better national organization and has performed better than Edwards in the past few primaries. More later as I get to their blogs ...

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at February 12, 2004 11:35 AM

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