Tuesday, March 11, 2008

And for best politician in a cheating role, the award goes to:

NY State Governor Eliot Spitzer
New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey
President Bill Clinton
Presidential Candidate Gary Hart
Reverend Jimmy Swaggart (OK not really a politician, but he definitely had a constituency and the people's trust.)
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich
Senator Larry Craig
Congressman Mark Foley
The list can go on and on and as far back as recorded time. After all, Caesar had a wife and Cleopatra too.

Is it power?
Is it ego?
What’s worse—
Cheating?
Lying about it?
Denying it? (which will depend on what definition is most convenient)
Paying for it?
Breaking the law?
Getting caught?
All of it?

And where are the powerful women on this list?
Did Margaret Thatcher have a Lord or two on the side?
Did Madeline Albright cross the moral line?
Does Condeleeza Rice secretly send salacious emails?
Did Hill pay Bill back with an intern of her own?
Does Queen Elizabeth step out on Phillip when he’s up at Balmoral hunting something or other?

What’s the deal?

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posted by DeBerry and Grant at 1:28 PM

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know, I sometimes believe that men with power tend to let it go to their heads (pun intended) but, then I guess the question is whether or not it goes to the heads of others too.
For some women (paid or unpaid) getting with a man with power be it the pulpit, the state or the nation is exciting. It matters not that these men have wives and families and that the act (or acts) will forever damage his integrity.
Do women in power engage in such indiscretions? I am sure some do but most times they don't let the act (acts) become habitual therefore allowing them to go undetected.

2:18 AM  
Blogger Carleen Brice said...

To me, the worst part is the hypocrisy! It's a crime when other men use prostitute (Spitzer busted other prostitution rings), but not when he does? And most of those men built their careers moralizing about family values. Ha!

11:08 AM  
Blogger DeBerry & Grant said...

It is without doubt Mr. Spitzer's sanctimonious self-righteousness that's at the heart of all the vitriol spewing his way. And to some degree he has earned it-fair and square.

However the question dilemma is still eternal--why has this gone on since the beginning of recorded time? And, are we powerless to legislate it?

12:14 PM  
OpenID ingridspeak said...

Ladies, lets be honest here. I know there are hurt feeling and bruised egos when a cheater gets caught, but it is impossible to legislate sex. Men like too much and women understand its power.

I was once told that a good "snap back" could get you a seat at the table in places an excellent resume only got you an interview.

There is a reason some women sleep their way to the top and the rest of us take our chances.

I am sure that Condi is not spending every night alone and I doubt Spitzer woke up one morning and said "I think I'll cheat on my wife with a really expensive 20 year old."

My point is that powerful men have indiscriminate sex. Powerful women hide their bed buddies and all of it matters not one iota if they are doing the job we pay them for.

Spitzer stepped down out of embarrassment and due to pressure, but he was not unqualified to run the state. Sure, he was sanctimonious, but he may not have had to be if we would quit trying to legislate who people sleep with.

My moral compass dictates that his acts were wrong for a bunch of reasons, but I am not God and at the end of the day he probably would not have lied to the people of New York if it wasn't illegal to begin with. It would have just been another thing left unsaid, like whether he is boxer or brief man (we'll probably know that soon enough tho) or if he likes broccoli.

1:50 PM  
Blogger DeBerry & Grant said...

We don't disagree Ingrid. While Spitzer's high and mighty, holier than thou ACT is reprehensible--and he has pissed off so many other powerful people in high and mighty places, we know the truth is that we will never be able to legislate who people sleep with and why should we want to?

Oh yes--this is a country of puritan ethic. "Spitzer's Scandal" would hardly warrant a footnote in other countries (Europe, Asia) where it is presumed and expected that what powerful men (and women--shhh don't tell!) do in their private lives is on them and it is up to them to handle their family business. As long as it doesn't interfere with them doing their job, no one gives a damn, much less a thought.

9:35 AM  
Blogger Yasmin said...

Hey ladies...okay my take I don't care that Spitzer fooled around that's between him and his wife...but I do care that paid for a prostitute (or prostitutes) and according to this USA that is ILLEGAL. And as AG for NY state he came down very hard on prostitution...so given that he was responsible for enacting the law and enforcing it...then now that he's violated it...he should be charged and tried accordingly...because if it was anyone else he would want the same!
So heck yeah not only should he resign but I wish they could throw his butt under the jail!

11:29 PM  

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