Quote of the Day: Philanderers do it better?

Bill Maher on the Democratic Party’s decision not to invite former senator John Edwards to speak at last week’s convention:

“Our society is quick to chastise men who think with their dicks. But, sacrificing a major voice on a big issue [poverty] on the altar of Puritanism, isn’t that just as stupid as thinking with your dick?

“You know some presidents who had extramarital affairs? Kennedy, Eisenhower, Roosevelt, Jefferson. You want to know a president who never had an affair: George W. Bush.”



8 Responses to “Quote of the Day: Philanderers do it better?”

  1. Inventory2 Says:

    I’m sure there’s a deep and meaningful explanation lurking somewhere in there JP, but I’ve had a busy day and am now brain-dead!

  2. Redbaiter Says:

    ..and that sort of sums up where the left have taken us so well don’t it Pete, to the point where a man who keeps his marriage vows is the subject of sneers and scorn for that fidelity.

  3. adamsmith1922 Says:

    I can buy Roosevelt and Jefferson as great presidents, Eisenhower as OK, but have never been certain about Kennedy. Kennedy was to my mind more about hype than substance.

  4. jafapete Says:

    I2, you missed the opportunity to come back with something along the lines…

    “… there’s no doubt that what Senator Edwards did shows a serious lack of judgment. But, just because a man, a married man, cheats on his wife with a younger blond he met in a bar doesn’t mean he’s not a patriot. Just ask John McCain.”

    Yes, Adam, there’s some truth in that, but remember, Bill Maher is always such a patriot!

  5. stephen23 Says:

    I hardly think he’s mocking Bush for not having an affair – the other presidents were good(~) presidents despite their affairs. Edwards is ‘good’, but had an affair, so can’t have anything to say on poverty. Bush is a ‘bad’, but the Republicans were fine with having him at their convention.

  6. Redbaiter Says:

    It continues to amaze me that so many people are apparently so blind to the bigotry and hate that underpins the political positions of the left, and that they so heartily applaud this kind of detestable behaviour. When will you come to your senses, and return to a manner of thinking that bears at least some resemblance to normalcy and decency?

    Bill Maher is not funny. He is a bitter and cynical little bigot. This smear on Bush is not excused by humour. It is merely a demonstration of how crazed the left are in their hatred of Bush, in that they even turn his fidelity to his wife into something they can sneer at.

  7. macdoctor01 Says:

    I find it hilarious that they didn’t want John Edwards to speak because of his infidelity, but had Bill Clinton up on stage right at the outset. That’s either rank hypocrisy or rank stupidity – or, possibly, both.

    Oh, sorry, I forgot. Bill Clinton “did not have sexual relations with that woman”. Yeah, right!

  8. jafapete Says:

    Redbaiter: “… where a man who keeps his marriage vows is the subject of sneers and scorn for that fidelity.”

    Good try Redbaiter, but as Stephen23 implies, it is the notion that philandering somehow makes someoone unfit for office that is ridiculed by Maher.

    Of course, to demonstrate that there is no relationship at all between fidelity and competence one would have to meausre fidelity levels for a much larger sample of presidents, and then there is the problem of “dirty data” and measuring competence…

    If I was mocking fidelity I’d be taking aim at myself.

    Redbaiter: “Maher is a bitter and cynical little bigot.”

    And Rush Limbaugh, say, isn’t? Doesn’t engage in “detestable behaviour? Ask Michael J. Fox. In all sincerity Redbaiter, I’m surprised that you don’t view Maher’s libertarian approach to moral issues more favourably.

    And MacDoc, I’d be inclined to add Clinton to the list of “good” presidents, even though he disappointed in some ways. He’s still incredibly popular amongst the “working stiffs”.

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