We know the story by now. Republicans believe in good honest family values. Democrats are amoral secular liberals in the thrall of every vice and hedonism. Except, in 2008, this story is turned totally upside down. Consider the following, courtesy of Andrew Sullivan the Times of London:
Barack Obama. Married to the same woman for 15 years, two daughters.
Hillary Clinton. Married to the same man for 32 years, one daughter, despite husband's affairs.
John Edwards. Married to the same woman for 30 years, five children. Their eldest son died in a car crash, and they stayed together. Statistically "most couples never survive the death of a child."
John McCain. His wife stayed loyal during his capture, torture, and imprisonment, but McCain dumped her when he returned.
Rudy Giuliani. Three wives, several high profile affairs, and an estranged son. He informed his second wife he was divorcing her at a press conference.
And the best of all....
Newt Gingrich. Married his first wife at 19. She put him through graduate school. But he dumped her and told her he was divorcing her while she was recovering from cancer. He was overheard remarking that “She’s not young enough or pretty enough to be the wife of the president. And besides, she has cancer.” And he refused to pay alimony or child support. His second marriage broke up after he had an affair with a younger staffer (23 years younger, to be precise) at the exact time he was hounding Bill Clinton for having an affair with somebody far younger than him...
Welcome to the modern Republican party, the party of Torture and Divorce! Oh yes, and total hypocrisy.