“But,” my interviewer replied, “for every Foley and Craig there’s a Barney Frank, who stayed in Congress for 20 years after some unpleasantness regarding a male prostitute. And look at Ted Kennedy, Chuck Robb, Ken Calvert and Mark Sanford, all of whom got elected after getting caught messing around with women who were not their wives.”
He turned and pointed to the photographs of Clinton and Gingrich.
“Giants,” he said reverently. “These men are giants. All those scandals, and one man is our most popular living ex-president, and the other won the South Carolina Republican primary last year.”
“Excuse me,” I said, “about my running for office?”
“I got nothing for you, fella,” he said. “Come back after you’ve gotten caught doing something scandalous.”
Sam Pollak is the editor of The Daily Star in Oneonta, N.Y. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.