The first question in tonight’s debate was “Are you a role model for today’s youth?”
I suppose this was the leadoff question because we found out this week that Donald Trump said some bad things 11 years ago.
I’ve been surprised by the amount of phony outrage about that given that
- Hillary Clinton’s husband set the bar for how crudely an American president can behave toward women. Or maybe JFK set the bar — he was a pimp and a degenerate but politicians were afforded a lot more privacy in those days so it’s hard to say for sure who was the bigger lout. As far as Clinton vs. Trump, we have actions vs. words. Big difference to me between saying (for example) “I’d like to fuck an intern with a cigar” and fucking an intern with a cigar. The spectacle of Hillary Clinton saying that a lack of reverence toward women indicates a lack of fitness for public office is surreal.
- If there’s a heterosexual man who hasn’t made remarks about women that would harm his reputation if recorded and played back to the nation, I don’t believe I’ve met him.
Also, as George Carlin used to say, “If your kids need a role model and it’s not you, you’re both fucked.”