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I found this JBS commentary quite interesting:
Did you ever notice that when a Republican politician is involved in a sexual scandal, he resigns in disgrace (for example, Senator Bob Packwood or Representative Bob Livingston)? And have you noticed that when a Democratic politician is involved in a sexual scandal, he tenaciously holds on to his office (for example, Senator Ted Kennedy or President Bill Clinton)?
With the disclaimer in mind that the John Birch Society doesn’t engage in partisan politics, and that we don’t endorse political parties, it is interesting to ask the following questions: Can anyone imagine what the reaction would be if this latest scandal had involved a Democrat? Could it be, generally speaking regarding sexual conduct, that Republicans appear to believe that standards are actually important, while Democrats seem to think that political opportunism is the key to winning over voters?