July 11, 2009

Long before Barack Obama, three of the Democratic Party’s most popular icons were Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton. Each was an adulterer. Kennedy and Clinton were notorious for it. John’s brother Ted was also guilty of rampant womanizing, a hallmark of the entire Kennedy clan, and yet was recently honored on the Senate floor for his lifelong service (or is that being serviced?)

In addition to being the only divorced president, Republican icon Ronald Reagan was said to play the role of Hollywood playboy even while engaged to second wife Nancy. Reagan’s vice president, George H.W. Bush was reported to have a decades-long affair with British-born Jennifer Fitzgerald. California’s Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has been accused of taking up with prostitutes and being a “serial groper.” 2008 GOP presidential nominee John McCain is an admitted adulterer, and often mentioned possible Republican candidates for 2012 like Newt Gingrich and Rudy Giuliani are even worse. Giuliani’s third wife described him as a “notorious philanderer” and Gingrich didn’t just cheat on his wife – he left her while she was dying of cancer to go be with an intern. Newt did this while still serving in Congress.

With the exception of Reagan, none of these Democrats or Republicans would ever receive my vote. But not because of their sex lives. Short of being a rapist, child molester or a murderer, I could care less about their personal indiscretions. Oops. Never mind about that “murderer” part. I forgot Ted Kennedy was on the list.

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