Is it Opposite Day?

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Candy Crowley was just on CNN discussing the Sanford brouhaha.  As part of her expert analysis, she said these sex scandals always have more severe consequences for Republicans than for Democrats.

Really?

Gary Hart was forced out of a presidential primary, his political career ended.  Bill Clinton was impeached.  James McGreevey resigned as governor of New Jersey.  And, most recently, Eliot Spitzer had to resign.  Barney Frank has kept his seat, but he was officially reprimanded by the House, and another representative, a guy named Larry Craig, tried to get him censured or expelled.

Meanwhile, that same Larry Craig kept his Senate seat until the end of his term, then decided not to run for re-election.  David Vitter is still in his Senate seat, having been re-elected after getting caught using prostitutes.  Mike Ensign still has his seat, and there’s no sign that anybody expects him to resign.  So far, Mark Sanford is still a governor.  As I mentioned in my previous post, Newt Gingrich’s extramarital affairs haven’t adversely affected his career in the least; nor did John McCain’s.

Mark Foley, forced to resign from the House, is the only Republican I can think of who suffered any serious consequences for sexual misbehavior.

Want another crack at that analysis, Candy?

(You know, it would be interesting to see what would happen if a Republican woman got caught in an affair.  Would they be as forgiving?)

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