Posted at 8:00 AM on November 13, 2012
by Jon Gordon
All day, I'm posting interesting or entertaining things I'm finding by hanging out on my Twitter account, using Twitter as my primary news recommendation engine.
The Petraeus scandal is all over Twitter today, of course, including links to this Frank Bruni essay In the New York Times:
It has to be more than mere coincidence that Bill Clinton had an affair with a White House intern; Newt Gingrich with a Congressional aide (now his wife); John Edwards with a woman who followed him around with a camera, creating hagiographic mini-documentaries about his presidential campaign; and Petraeus with a woman who made him the subject of a biography so worshipful that its main riddle, joked Jon Stewart, was whether Petraeus was "awesome or incredibly awesome."
These mighty men didn't just choose mistresses, by all appearances. They chose fonts of gushing reverence. That's at least as deliberate and damnable as any signals the alleged temptresses put out.
Bob Collins is off this week.
I find that Bruni's columns are usually hit or miss, but this one was dead on. Great read.