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  •  Kennedy was also banging half of Hollywood (1+ / 0-)
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    But since it didn't affect his job, everyone let it slide.  As they should.

    The same is true of anyone's medical conditions. Even if they are in a party we don't like.

    When we all get done taking this opportunity to partisanly bash our favorite pinata, I hope we all think quietly about what it is exactly we are saying  . . . . .

    I for one don't like it.

    •  I agree about Bachmann, as I've been (0+ / 0-)

      posting throughout this thread. However, the Kennedy question is more complicated. In part, it was the backlash against such permissiveness that helped drive journalism toward making private lives public. Reporters, for example, retrospectively pondered the almost limitless possibilities for blackmail (at the height of the Cold War, no less) given that Kennedy was hiding so much from the public. Also, he was in fact very sick. Had he survived, there's no telling whether he would have stayed fit through 2 whole terms. I think the press has gone way too far in making the personal public; but I also don't idealize the good old days when presidents could get away with anything.

      But again, I totally agree with your take on the current issue.

      Families is where a nation finds hope, where wings take dream.

      by cardinal on Wed Jul 20, 2011 at 11:38:42 AM PDT

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    •  I think the public has a legit. interest in medic. (0+ / 0-)

      conditions. Wasn't part of the problem with McCain his cancer history and his age?

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