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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Thursday, December 24, 2009


Gawker has a jokey decade ender, "The Top 13 People Politicians Should Not Have Had Sex with in the 2000s," but what really struck me is how many really weird sex scandals there were just in the last 5 years.

Mark Foley and the pages. Vitter, Spitzer, etc and the hookers. John Edwards' saga. John Ensign's affair with the married and paid off Hamptons. Senator Larry Craig in the public bathroom. NJ Gov. McGreevey and his gay lover that he appointed to State Homeland Security adviser. And, of course, Gov. Mark Sanford and the "Appalachian trail."

(And this is just the top level folks, Senators and Governors, whose misdeeds made it into the public. How many more of the rumors were true?)


  • This list stuns me.

    But beyond that, I notice that most of the misdeed-doers are of the Republican persuasion. What is it about authoritarians and scandal? They tell the world not to do the things they're busy doing.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:41 PM  

  • I see two quick arguments. 1) They live in more sexual repression, so they tend to snap bigger.

    Or 2) They were dminantly in power, so they had more "weak members" who probably wouldn't have been atound in a minority status.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 5:26 PM  

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