From a previous post on Bipartisan Affairs;
America's politicians are finally gaining in their fight for bipartisan decision making. A large number of them have agreed to have affairs. Not affairs of state, mind you, but affairs of the heart. That's amore.
Today, CNN published Political sex scandals a nonpartisan affair by Kristi Keck. Not to be sexist but it seems to take a woman to see some things in their true light.
Keck quotes Sally Quinn, a longtime Washington columnist and journalist:
Sex sells and every body's interested in sex, so when there's a scandal, it's got everything - you're talking about power, and in a lot of cases, money is involved. You are talking about how the mighty have fallen.
Paul Slansky, author of "The Little Quiz Book of Big Political Sex Scandals" said that before Watergate "these things were never even covered." After the era of Deep Throat the press discovered that examining the lives of politicians was juicy fodder for the public - and a very profitable one for them.
After Nixon resigned there were a few months of the usual dry fodder. And then along came Rep. Wilbur Mills, D-Ark., who lit up the landscape like a fireworks display. He fed the media and delighted the public with his escapades with the "Argentine Firecracker." What is it with these politicans and their Argentine playmates? Mills, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Fanne Foxe were having a liesurely drive around Washington when they were stopped by the cops. The stripper jumped out of the car and went for a swim in the Potomac.
Mills did win re-election but had to resign when he showed up at a club where the stripper was showing her wares. After 38 years in the House he resigned, sought treatment and dedicated the rest of his life helping others who liked to bend the elbow a little more than required by society.
And so began the epic of sexy stories about our elected officials. While some politicians are able to overcome their affairs of the heart - Democratic President Bill Clinton and Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana - most have faded into oblivian.
Quinn is quoted as saying, "I think as each scandal happens, it becomes almost more of an entertainment than a disappointment, except to the people who are close to them. . . . I think that people are much more cycnical these days, much less inclined to revere people in high office than they used to be."
Slansky says there's "an image-tarnishing element to it that never goes away."
We are supposed to learn from history, but apparently these men with their graphite zippers haven't done their homework.