What Happens in College Stays in College

But not if you're in college at age 40, Christine O'Donnell
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2010 9:25 AM CDT
Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul speaks during a campaign event in Erlanger, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010.   (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)
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(Newser) – Ah, college: That time of experimentation and rebellion—and especially youthful indiscretions, most of which oughtn't be fodder for debate when indiscreet youths grow up and run for political office, writes Gail Collins in the New York Times. "Nothing anyone did in college short of a felony should count against them," writes Collins, as "a person who does not want any discussion" about getting "an incomplete in the Ethics of Journalism." The question is, where do you draw the line?

From Chris Coons' "bearded Marxist" to Rand Paul's Aqua Buddha, candidates are being held falsely accountable for simply being a college kid. Some candidates might be pushing it a bit too far, though: "It is definitely not fair to demand that the all-clear zone extend to your 40th birthday, even if, like (Christine) O’Donnell, you take two decades to actually finish your college degree."

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