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  •  Why just Edwards as an example? (12+ / 0-)

    We are seeing the public's willingnesss to "move on" played out right now with Appalachian Trail Sanford.When I first heard Weiner was gauging public acceptance for a re-entry to political life I immediately wondered if he was looking at Sanford and thinking "well, if he can, why can't I"

    Note of caution - I have learned that when posting about a subject of this nature it is necessary to very carefully proofread any references to the public.

    "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

    by Catte Nappe on Wed Apr 10, 2013 at 01:15:30 PM PDT

    •  Sanford proves it ... (9+ / 0-)

      ... I think pre-Edwards, Sanford would have been sunk. Post-Edwards, he doesn't seem as bad.

      •  Well, I think the dereliction of duty (1+ / 0-)
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        aspects were worse, but the whole "soulmate" thing?  Shame on all of us for doubting True Love.

        Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

        by Loge on Wed Apr 10, 2013 at 02:05:15 PM PDT

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      •  Sanford is a good case in point. (1+ / 0-)
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        When Sanford announced, and was going up against a fairly crowded field in the GOP primary, here was my (rhetorical) question to him.

        "Mark, old buddy, I see where you're running because it's time to change Washington and restore conservative values and balance the budget and whatnot. Fair enough. Are you literally the only Republican in the whole goddamn Palmetto State who is capable of this, or are voters allowed to exercise some judgment in whether they'd rather have someone who didn't do what you did in Congress?"

        I still can't believe Sanford won--NOT because I think he did something unpardonable, but because at least one of his opponents should have been able to make the incredible hubris at the very core of his campaign stick to him. "Mark Sanford thinks he's entitled to his seat in Congress back. Mark Sanford thinks he's the only conservative Republican in our state. Mark Sanford thinks he shouldn't have to answer to the voters. That's what Mark Sanford thinks... of you. Paid for by the Committee to Elect Some Guy." Put some ominous Argentinian folk music in the background, and there's your game-changer. Oh well.

        Anyway, Weiner doesn't pass the Sanford test either. Was he an above-average Democrat in most respects? Yes! So what?! So are lots of his prospective opponents. Go make a difference quietly for a decade or two, and then we can talk about a return to elected office.

    •  Speaking of low-hanging fruits (1+ / 0-)
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      I'll bite. In this specific case you can drop that "l" and still be factually correct.

    •  I would prefer Edwards for president over Obama (0+ / 0-)

      even if Edwards was getting laid by a different woman every week.  Edwards would not have touched SS, he would have held War criminals to account, he would have gone after the banks and protected the middle class.  He was a man of true Liberal principles.  
      I would vote for and work for Edwards every chance I got.

    •  Wish the author would (2+ / 0-)
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      have used David Vitters or Mark Sanford instead of Edwards.

      "I freed a thousand slaves, I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves" Harriet Tubman

      by BrianParker14 on Wed Apr 10, 2013 at 09:25:22 PM PDT

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    •  Not just Sanford (1+ / 0-)
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      but serial philanderer Newt Gingrich still being seen as a "serious" contender as recently as last year. Of course some of the public's view of private sexual conduct can be seen as a positive, as in the growing acceptance of marriage equality for gays/lesbians. But I think overall there's more of a libertarian feel that what people do in their private lives is no big deal as long as tax money isn't involved. And in an era where young people are sending racy pictures to each other via smartphone and posting them on Facebook, the whole Weiner episode is likely just chalked up to old fart not understanding the technology -- at the very least, it might have cautioned some teens to be careful to use the Direct Message button when sending those pictures to their boyfriend/girlfriend.

      There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

      by Cali Scribe on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 12:26:11 AM PDT

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