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'Cheating' politicians: Yes or no?Posted Thursday, August 14, 2008, at 11:44 AM
John Edwards' future in politics may be limited after his admission of cheating on his wife. The former presidential hopeful has likely lost a chance for a Cabinet position if Barack Obama is elected president.
Yet at other times it seems like those in other lines of work who cheat see few effects on their careers. Look at how many entertainers leave a long line of "victims" behind them.
So how much will the American public accept from a candidate? How far is too far?
Suppose a serious presidential contender has a live-in instead of a spouse. Is that acceptable to enough of the American public to be electable? Or not?
Should more attention be paid to previous divorces or scandals? Or should they be thought of as past history?
I suspect that a few politicians - those with what some would call a "magnetic" personality -- could overcome scandals. Example: Bill Clinton.
Does America want leaders who are representative of what I'll call an American ideal, in terms of clean living? Or does America just want someone who can handle the "at work" part of runnning the country, with no real concerns about their personal life?
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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