This week, political scandals are all the rage. We've got U.S.
Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal
who lied about serving in
. And Indiana Congressman Mark Souder
who lied about cheating
on his wife
. The question is: which moral transgression is worse?
Left-leaning political pundit Nate Silver
offers his thoughts:
One can understand the human instinct to lie about an affair... They're
essentially personal matters that arguably deserve no place in the
political discourse to begin with. But military service is the very
opposite: a public act, involving a gift of sacrifice for the common
Perhaps my gut reaction is atypical. But to Americans a
generation removed from me -- the baby-boomers who were most directly
impacted by Vietnam and who vote most reliably in midterm elections --
the question of Blumenthal's service is liable to be more resonant
rather than less.
Interestingly enough, Silver aired these thoughts
before the Souder scandal broke. But in comparing Blumenthal's sins to
those who lie about cheating on their wives, he unwittingly anticipated a timely
issue. What do you think?
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