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January 11, 2018

Republican Governor of Missouri Admits to 2015 Infidelity

He'd done campaign appearances outside his state, so I guess maybe he was considering one day running for national office.

I don't know if this is disqualifying anymore.

Bill Clinton raped Juanita Broaddrick, and the media seemed pretty understanding about all that.

This story does have a twist -- a claim the governor blackmailed the woman with a budoir photo should she ever reveal the affair.

He denies that part of it.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and his wife, Sheena Greitens, issued an extraordinary statement late Wednesday acknowledging that he had an extramarital affair in the past and that the couple "has dealt with this together honestly and privately."

The statement came as a St. Louis television station aired a segment alleging that, during that affair, Greitens took a compromising photograph of the woman and threatened to publicize it if she exposed him. The statement from Greitens and his wife didn’t address that part of the allegation.

Greitens' attorney, James F. Bennett, issued a statement denying the blackmail allegation.

I gotta tell you, I just don't care about this bullshit any more. In fact, I never really did care about this bullshit per se-- I cared about the double standard the media imposed on Republicans.

People are sinful by nature and are going to sin. If I don't care what a CEO is doing with his mistress, so long as he's doing the job I actually care about, which is growing the company I own stock in, and not being faithful to his wife-- what's my interest here?

This is a transactional relationship and should be thought of as such.

We ain't partners, we ain't brothers, and we ain't friends, as both Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy said in 48 Hrs. This is a purely self-interested relationship.

I don't care about this guy's morals. I never cared about any of their morals.

I just cared about the hypocrisy and double-standard of treating Republican indiscretions differently from, say, Clinton's rape.

Now I know the NeverTrump cucks will say, "You brute! You're changing your core beliefs due to Trump!"

And I reply, "No, you quivering phony cuckold wannabe priests. To the extent I pretended to be outraged by Clinton's affairs, and I didn't pretend all that hard, if you check the record, I only cared about fairness in how these things were treated."

I didn't care where Clinton put his dick -- I only cared about the lawbreaking and the double-standards.

If you guys, who I strongly suspect privately hold a much more French, much more cosmopolitique view of infidelity than you fulminate publicly, want to still pretend you give a shit about these immoral guns-for-hire hired only for a specific job, a job which does not include "being my own personal moral exemplar," you are welcome to keep living in Pretendistan, for the sake of proving the two allegedly "conservative" agenda points you still pretend to believe in.

But I never really believed in politicians -- a class scarcely more reputable than lawyers or reporters -- as being moral paragons who would lead me soul into the purifying light, and I strongly suspect you didn't, and don't, either.

To the extent Trump has changed anything along these lines, it's that he's liberated me from the burden of pretending to care about things I most assuredly do not give a wet shit about and never have given a wet shit about.

But if the #MuhPrinciples crowd still feels the need to keep up appearances, in spite of the Rape-Sized precedent set by Clinton, then I suppose tilting at this particular windmill is as good as a time-wasting mission for you to dissipate your excess energies harmlessly as any other.

The blackmail angle, if true -- and I don't think we even have an on-the-record source claiming it is -- would be a more serious concern.

But then: the power of precedent. Check it out.

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