A good, quick read here. And it nicely explains my problem with current politics.
We have a system where it’s goofy statements and ethical transgressions that tank campaigns instead of disastrous platforms. Kerry was sunk thanks to Swiftboaters and decontextualized nonsense about “I voted for it before I voted against it”, which was perfectly legitimate in how he meant it. Al Gore got torn to shreds over supposed self-aggrandizing claims that were anything but. To this day, anyone who jokes about Al Gore creating the internet and meaning it makes my blood pressure spike 30 or 40 points.
But that’s just where we are. Rick Santorum can equate gay marriage to bestiality and still be considered a viable candidate, as long as he doesn’t drop a gaffe that’s easy to exploit.