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July 22, 2009

Speaking of Politicians Who Dallied with Young Interns...

...Former President Bill Clinton will be the keynote speaker at this year's Jackson Day Dinner on Saturday, August 29.

The state's Democrats are undoubtedly--and in some ways, rightfully--ecstatic over this news.

But the juxtaposition of this story with that of a Republican state senator's apparent affair with a legislative intern exposes a need for caution on the part of those who might be tempted to crow loudly.

I saw a comment on one Web site recently (and forgive me for the lack of proper attribution) that reminded readers that President Bill Clinton was not known as a "moralizer," so the situations are different. Yes, they are. It's all a matter of degree, though. President Clinton was responsible for "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. Clearly those pieces of legislation weren't as far-reaching, in culture-war terms, as some of Sen. Stanley's have been.

But I'd be careful, TNDP, about how I handled the Paul Stanley news. Treat him and his family with the same respect that you wanted shown to your party's leader in very similar circumstances. Maybe you could even ask President Clinton his opinion about it when he's here. I have a good guess as to what he'd say.

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Political News | By joe lance | 12:10 PM


No arguments that Clinton's behavior also was reprehensible. That doesn't exonerate Stanley, however.

Posted by: billp at July 25, 2009 7:38 PM

What a hypocrite. Certainly, Clinton's behavior was reprehensible, but that doesn't excuse Stanley and I do think his adultery is more striking because of his moralistic poses and condemnation of others for failing to meet his so-called standards.

I would be more outraged to see the President of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) arrested for DUI than I would someone else. Those who crusade publicly against something you would think are less likely to do engage in it themselves.

Posted by: billp at July 25, 2009 7:41 PM

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