Trying to ensure that Brian Moran’s bid for Virginia Governor isn’t overshadowed by his brother going to jail is as good an explanation as any for the Democrats’ unwillingness to throw a few of their own to the wolves. Although Chris Stirewalt’s theory (H/T: Instapundit):
Americans generally have low ethical expectations for their politicians. A little double-talking or some womanizing or an oversized ego have long been considered pretty normal for elected officials. Bill Clinton wasn’t the first of his kind, just the apotheosis.
And despite the worshipful tone taken by many toward President Barack Obama, most Americans still know better than to take politicians too seriously.
But there is an invisible, shifting line that anyone in public life mustn’t cross.
What keeps politics interesting, though, is that no one ever seems to learn the lesson.
…does have the virtue of simplicity, and you can take that any way that you like.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.