Whose marriage is it anyway? | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Whose marriage is it anyway?

Posted By on Wed, May 31, 2006 at 1:19 PM

The weird NY Times story on the number of nights Bill and Hillary Clinton spend together continues to draw some flak, though not nearly as much as it deserves, says Chuck Todd of National Journal. Joe Conason and Gene Lyons have similar takes.

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Wrote Todd:

What truly made the story depressing for us though was the lack of shock and outrage about the story uttered in the Washington political community. There was some partisan outrage among folks we either read or talked to, with the left thinking the Times went over the line and the right fearing the story could only help Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., play the victim card to get into the White House.

But when the dean of all political reporters, the Washington Post's David Broder, just matter-of-factly acknowledged the significance of the Times' story without expressing even the slightest bit of regret or remorse for the very idea of running it, that's when we knew that we were going to be very lonely in expressing our disappointment. While not trying to read Broder's mind, it's likely he sees coverage like this as inevitable and that, frankly, we would be naïve if we pretended it's not there. But is this really how we're going to elect out next president; based on how many weekends a month partners of a dual-income marriage spend together? There are a number of prospective '08 candidates who have been married more than once -- should we expect the dirty details of every divorce? Apparently so, the Times has deemed.


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