Friday, October 13, 2006

The Politics of Character

In the wake of the scandal surrounding former Representative Mark Foley, Democrats are now looking into the lives of GOP challengers to get some political ammunition.

On one level, I can understand this. My own party has made character asassination an artform. In short, it's karma time for the GOP. But on another level, I find this annoying no matter what party is doing this. It seems to reflect the times: one party portrays themselves as virtuous, and the other side is the bride of Satan.

Frankly, character or virtue is not that important except in extreme cases, like the now disgraced Foley. No one, I mean no one, is a saint. We aren't electing angels to office but fallible human beings, so we have to cut people some slack.

I think both parties need to lay off the character plank. As we are seeing with the GOP, trying to pass yourself or party off as perfect tends to bite you in the ass sooner or later.

1 comment:

WeekendPundit said...

In Texas, they've taken character assassination to a new level. After Chris Bell (D) received a large donation from a Houston lawyer, Gov. Rick Perry's campaign issued a statement attacking the person who made the donation, calling him one of Bell's "trial-lawyer sugar daddies."

While I'm not a Bell supporter, I was shocked that Perry would do this. Even for this governor, that's a new low.