CINCINNATI (TDB) -- Zogby International, the polling firm, has an article on its Website from Canada that says the "Scarlet A" which once disqualified presidential candidates apparently has no impact today. Adulterers are strong contenders for the White House on the Republican side. Zogby did not poll on moral issues, but posted the article for newsworthiness and because it mentioned the firm's survey showing President George Bush's Iraq War policies are unpopular among Americans.
The article is HERE , and it notes Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and Newt Gingrich all fooled around and have constituencies that want them in the White House. It wonders how anyone can trust them "when they have betrayed their own wives" by flouting marriage vows. The author is David Pyne, who wrote for a Canadian site called Enter Stage Right. Pyne predicts the Democrats would have have a field day tarring any of the three as total hypocrites on moral issues.
"How is it that the scarlet 'A" which used to be a disqualifier for presidential candidates even on the Democratic Party side as recently as 1987 when Gary Hart withdrew from the presidential contest in the wake of his affair with Donna Rice and for which the GOP impeached President Bill Clinton has now become a non-issue [in a] party known for its its support of social conservatism and family values?
"When John McCain ran for President in 2000 as a former adulterer it was something of a novelty. This election season, however, it is appearing increasingly to be the norm as GOP voters completely ignore or forgive such major past personal 'indiscretions' in search of finding a candidate who they believe can win."