An Affair To Remember
|Homosexuals are not monogamous. They want to destroy the institution of marriage. It will destroy marriage. It will destroy the Earth.--James Dobson|
Marriage has been in the news a lot in the past few years. I think it all started back when Bill Clinton got his infamous blowjob. These days, it seems that one of the biggest issues on the Republican agenda is the sanctity of marriage.
That's an interesting prospect for a couple of reasons. For one, Republicans are supposed to be the party of small government. Yet everywhere we turn, many Republicans seem to be wanting to tell people what they can or can't do in their bedrooms, who they can or can't marry, what words they can't hear on television and the radio, what can be taught in science classrooms, which religious documents can be placed in courtrooms, and so on. That seems like an awful lot of oversight for a group that wants smaller government.
Secondly, and what will surely provide The Daily Show with a lot of great material in the next couple of years, is how it relates to at least three potential 2008 Republican presidential candidates. Three of the top Republican candidates for 2008 are John McCain, Newt Gingrich and Rudy Giuliani. The problem? All three have cheated on their wives. And all three are divorced.
McCain was still married and living with his wife in 1979 while, according to The New York Times' Nicholas Kristof, "aggressively courting a 25-year-old woman who was as beautiful as she was rich." McCain divorced his wife, who had raised their three children while he was imprisoned in Vietnam, then launched his political career with his new wife's family money. In 2000, McCain managed to deflect media questioning about his first marriage with a deft admission of responsibility for its failure. It's possible that the age of the offense and McCain's charmed relationship with the press will pull him through again, but Giuliani and Gingrich may face a more difficult challenge. Both conducted well-documented affairs in the last decade -- while still in public office.That's going to pose a big problem for a lot of evangelical Christians. James Dobson, quoted above, has already distanced himself from McCain. And it's likely he won't have anything to do with Giuliani or Gingrich. That could prove troublesome for a Republican party that has increasingly relied on conservative evangelicals in the past few years.
Of course, this assumes that Christians are going to be consistent in their message of moral values, which I think is unlikely. It also assumes that Democrats are smart enough to use Republican hyprocrisy to their advantage. So far they haven't had the ovaries for that.