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Did an Obama Volunteer Hire a Legal Prostitute? Who Cares? [FOX]

October 27, 2014

Did a 25-year-old unmarried volunteer for the Obama Administration sleep with a prostitute in Colombia (which is legal there) while doing some advance work for the President’s visit?


In the Washington Post’s breathless account, it’s a front-page story worth several columns of ink.  His father’s a donor!  The investigation was pushed off until after the Election!  The Secret Service got in trouble for the same thing!


No wonder FOX wants me to discuss it this Sunday.  This could be their next big scandal!  (Just as the non-scandals of BenghaziGate and IRSGate peter out…).  I don’t choose the topics, of course, but I will dress up in a suit and tie, go on air and, using my most professional judgment as a constitutional attorney, former legislative Congressional counsel, and ex-Congressional candidate, I will share my best considered pundit wisdom on the matter by saying: “Who Cares?”


I get it. It’s fun to discuss. And prurient. Much as liberals want all the details of the Palin family brawl in Alaska.  And I get that it’s entertaining news.  Maybe not so much for the Washington Post, which I respect. But outlets like TMZ should give us all the gory details.


Personally, I’d rather Congress and the President focus on keeping the economy moving, the war and massacres in the Middle East, climate change, immigration reform, and actually letting people vote (and encouraging it!) I want to celebrate marriage equality and bemoan the hundreds of millions of dollars that shadowy corporate interests are funneling to our political candidates in “legal bribery”. (I’d say in wheelbarrows, but it’s far more money than that!)


Yes, yes.  I know prostitutes and brawls are much better copy. But am I a dork to care more about public policy?

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  • Marcia Radnor October 15, 2014 9:01 pm

    Mark, Your appearance on the recent debate with Angela on Fox was another example of your remarkable ability to put things into perspective. I marvel at your patience to doggedly discredit their most recent fishing trip catch-of-the-day, and I try to remember what pre-Fox debates were really like — and even though I was young, I realized they were much more important to the governing of the country. Makes me also wonder what things would be like now, if movers & shakers like you didn’t have to waste time addressing the countless, intentionally-evil and damaging red herrings, abjectly speculative, and shamelessly stupid lies produced daily on Fox. The country would be quite a different place, I’m certain. BUt according to Wiki, they’re the “highest-rated broadcast network in the 18–49 demographic from 2004 to 2012 and earning the position as the most-watched network in the United States overall during the 2007–08 season.” So I realize you have to do what you can to keep debunking them until the culture changes, and the majority of people choose not to drink their Kool-Aid. I wish you continued good luck and growing success.