Monday, August 11, 2008

John Edwards’ affair

USA Today laments that politicians don’t learn from history. The very leaders who denounce another politician’s extramarital affair, the newspaper says, eventually commit the same act. 

No, it’s not that they don’t learn from history.  It’s that we don’t learn from primatology.

Apes vie to be the alpha male for one reason only: to spread their genes widely.  To get laid a lot.  And you don’t get much more alpha than President of the United States.  Why people were surprised by the behavior of Kennedy or Clinton (or Gary Hart or Gary Condit for that matter) is beyond me.

As the lady sang, “… that’s why I fell for… the leader of the pack.”

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