The New York Times is allegedly about to publish a piece accusing Rep. John Boehner of having an affair with a female lobbyist, and Washington insiders are already whispering about the allegedly forthcoming accusation. Like many things that I write about on GatorUptown.com, I have mixed feelings on the subject.
On the one hand, I think any politician who is prominent in a party that campaigns on “moral values” and such deserves to be outed as a hypocrite if it turns out he’s not practicing what he preaches. But on the other hand, I don’t agree with either side of the political spectrum spreading lies and innuendos in an attempt to discredit an opponent.
From the original Huffington Post article that brought this to my attention, here’s a quote from the Post about this brewing potential scandal:
Insiders on Capitol Hill are buzzing about an upcoming New York Times exposé that will detail an alleged Boehner affair. Sources say the Times is looking for the right time to drop the story in October to sway the election, similar to how the Times reported during the 2008 presidential campaign on an alleged John McCain affair that supposedly had taken place many years before and that was flatly denied by the woman in question.
If it does turn out that liberals in the media are deliberately spreading rumors and gossip in an attempt to siphon support from Rep. Boehner, I’ll be pissed as hell. I disagree with Mr. Boehner on a lot of political issues, but I damned sure want him defeated in elections and such because of his views and votes, not because some lies were whispered enough times that his supporters turned their backs on him. I want the public to be aware of reality, and to make their decisions based on those facts.
Having said that, if it turns out that he is having an affair (or was, in the recent past) then I will chuckle will glee at yet another conservative leader who turns out to be a “do as I say, not as I do” hypocritical asshole. But if it turns out that this was all bullshit, I’ll be very disappointed in the New York Times for doing the conservatives’ job for them.