So David Petraeus Had an Affair—Who Cares?

Michael Wolff writes that affairs are everywhere in the halls of power
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2012 12:04 PM CST
Updated Nov 12, 2012 1:55 PM CST
In this Aug. 31, 2011 file photo, David Petraeus kisses his wife Holly during an armed forces farewell tribute and retirement ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Va.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

(Newser) – No one is saying what everyone's thinking about David Petraeus' sex scandal, which is: "Hey, what the hell? The man had an affair," writes Michael Wolff in the Guardian. For some reason "we have to pretend that sexual scandal is, well, a scandal." In politics, if you have an affair, you're supposed to be toast. "But we don't actually believe that," Wolff argues. People in the loop know that loads of politicians have affairs, or "just, in every way, are obvious dogs," and suffer no ill effects.

"This is hypocrisy on a ludicrous scale," Wolff writes. "Jesus Christ, he had an affair. So what?" But no one will say that, even after an election that supposedly signaled a decline for the religious right. Some people are unconvinced that America has evolved past sex scandals, and others are waiting for some detail to make this more than a sex scandal. So Petraeus is on his own. "We would all give him a pass, if we could. But because we are weak, too, we can't." Click for Wolff's full column. (Read more David Petraeus stories.)

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