Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Gary Hart Pt. 2

So, the controversy continues. It seems neither side really wants to walk on this carpet of broken glass, yet it refuses to go away.

As the rhetoric grows, it is difficult to avoid the memories of another recent Presidential campaign when Gary Hart dared reporters to delve into his character.

"Follow me around. I don't care. I'm serious. If anybody wants to put a tail on me, go ahead. They'd be very bored."-Gary Hart 1988

A few days later, reporters who had taken up the challenge - followed him to a love nest in Florida, Bimini, and aboard the yacht "Monkey Business"- spilled the beans about a lurid affair the then-Senator was having with a campaign worker (do we see a pattern here - Kopechne, Levy, Lewinski...) Donna Rice.

How can one not think that when Hart and Kerry illuminated certain parts of their lives as "exemplary"... that the media and other interested parties would look into the facts and ask questions? I'm not sure which reflects more poorly on their respective characters - that they may have misdeeds and missteps in their past, or that they invited scrutiny into those actions and now bemoan someone actually looking into said actions.

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