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Maybe someday a noble speech ...

June 29, 2009 - Lee Smith
South Carolina's governor and a U.S. senator from Nevada are among the latest politicians caught having extra-marital affairs and forced to own up to it in public. Both were considered possible Republican presidential candidates in 2012. Those dreams are, apparently, over.

These two, of course, join a list of politicians caught in sex scandals, from former New York Gov. Elliot Spitzer, to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, to former President Bill Clinton. Party affiliation is not an essential factor here.

I'm not sure anyone who lives a more private life than these folks should throw stones when it comes to living a "perfect" life. The divorce rate in this country is 50 percent and climbing. I'm not big on condemnation in this realm for another big factor that may sound cheesy: True love. Not that these politicians demonstrate it. But I won't tell someone they should forget the possibility of happiness to maintain a vow that may or may have retained meaning over time. People change and love is earned. Or lost.

Which leads me to suggest that the saddest thing in these very public affairs is that it seems no one ever steps forward to say they are proud of their infidelity, that they have found love and happiness and they wouldn't change a thing about their actions. I'd like to see that. It would be a reminder of nobility and courage.


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