Originally Posted by Stormin
I mean, look how goddamn much of Clinton's presidency was ruined because of his scandals, all that time and cache that could have gone to helping this country instead spent playing defense. Makes you want to shout, "Grow the fuck up and get back to work you narcissists!"
This is why we need barriers between politicians and the public, and they need to get the fuck off Twitter and Facebook. Because none of them are as smart as we need them to be.
I think that's a terrible argument to make. "Those politicians are just naturally horny and weird and rapey, so let's conceal their shenanigans from the innocent public who just wouldn't understand how great they really are". It gives rise to the constant hypocrisy that we see of our "leaders" telling us to behave one way while they behave in another way.
Like how all those Congressman who babble on against Gay Marriage ALWAYS turn out to be Gay themselves. I'd much rather these people be watched and held to account for their actions.
And if you don't think those "private matters" can affect public service, think again. John Edwards was indicted today for using supporter's money to pay off his secret Hippy Woman and her Love Child, in violation of campaign finance laws.
I do think how elected representatives deal with trials like these speak to their true character, and speaks to how they lead.
Barney Frank had a male prostitute operating a business out of his home but yet he's still in office and now has real stature as a Congressman. Why? Because he don't take shit from no one!
Another example; Barack Obama. The man is deadly serious, but he can crack a joke, take a joke, and defuse really serious issues (eg was the Rev Wright fiasco, which could have destroyed his candidacy, yet he turned that situation around with one speech and made it an asset!)
Now we have Rep W who first issues a statement saying he's been framed, then calls a Press Conference where he's an uptight ass, issuing non-answers to questions he must have known would be asked, then going silent again. If he's so arrogant and out of touch that he thought the press wouldn't ask a basic question like "is that a picture of you that a Coed received in a Tweet from you?" he's so delusional he should be in a mental home.