This week President Obama passed over former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and chose Anthony Foxx for Transportation Secretary. You may remember from an earlier post that Villaraigosa was rumored to be Obama’s pick for that position.
Unfortunately for the former mayor, he attended a party in Mexico hosted by Charlie Sheen and had his picture taken with Sheen. Sheen tweeted followers that Villaraigosa “knows how to party.” The picture and the tweet may have helped Obama make up his mind to choose Foxx for the Cabinet post.
Yesterday Congressional candidate Mark Sanford got a hearty endorsement from an equally notorious source. On his website, Hustler publisher Larry Flynt (pictured above) wrote:
Mark Sanford has demonstrated by his words and deeds that traditional values are shameful and that he will not live by such rules. His open embrace of his mistress in the name of love, breaking his sacred marriage vows, was an act of bravery that has drawn my support.
Will Sanford’s other supporters be excited to learn that their candidate won’t be bound by shameful “traditional values?” That breaking “sacred marriage vows” is an act of bravery? These accolades don’t fit well with Sanford’s campaign theme of asking voters to forgive his previous bad behavior.
Flynt’s endorsement follows Sanford’s debate of a cardboard Nancy Pelosi, trespassing charges filed against him by his former wife, and introducing the woman he cheated on his wife with at a campaign event. Sanford had nothing to do with the endorsement, but those other actions almost seem like acts of self-destruction.
Petraeus update. In contrast with self-destruction, Gen. Petraeus and his girlfriend Paula Broadwell continue their efforts at self-redemption. Petraeus has made a public apology for his behavior, and now Broadwell has told a North Carolina television channel that for “strength, for myself and to protect our children,” she’s trying to return to her religious roots.
There are many puzzling aspects to political sex scandals but one of the most striking is how they make people who get caught in them more religious. That’s a topic worth exploring in a future post.
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