Prudence with Politician’s Personal Lives
So the muckrakers over at RIF were all upset–even calling us hypocrites! (oh no, I’m stung)–because we didn’t jump on the Watson DUI story. They cited one example, which, as Justin noted, was a brief mention used as a comparison point for the truly egregious aspects of said pol: his political agenda. It was not a lone-standing open forum on a Democrat politician getting nabbed. And RI Future never mentioned it either (go ahead, search for yourself). But they were ready to jump on Rep. Watson, weren’t they? Hm. Hint: think “(” then “R” then “)”.
Nonetheless, several RIFuturites attempted a threadjack, which some justified because they thought it grounds for discussion based on how it affected the political future of the minority leader and his agenda. By then, Andrew had up his post on Rep. Watson’s legislative history regarding medical marijuana. The “need” had been met.
The point is that we simply don’t make it a regular practice to get into the private life shenanigans of our politicians just for the sake of it. Really. Now, I won’t claim universal abstinence on our–or my–part (methinks references to Patrick Kennedy may include some allusions, for instance), but generally we try to focus on issues and wonkdom. When the “incidents” may affect policy then, yes (as commenter JParis suggested) perhaps it is time to talk about it. So we did.
Just not in a speedy, “progressive” fashion.