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Triumph Of The Swill II: Good Swill Hunting

According to Drudge, there is some fierce debate whether or not to pursue and unseal John Kerry’s divorce records from his first marriage.

I wanna see them. I want to see just what went down when Gigolo John parted with 9-figure-net-worth-heiress #1. I wanna see all the dirt and sleaze on this guy. I am nearly salivating at him trying to explain the “nuances” and “finer points” behind that failed marriage. And there’s a pretty good chance it’ll happen, too. The Chicago Tribune, the conglomerate that went to LA to break open Jack Ryan’s divorce papers, owns a Boston TV station (WLVI, WB-56) with a halfway-decent news operation. You could almost argue that the Ryan test case before going after Kerry’s; after all, if a Senate candidate’s divorce papers can be opened over the objections of both parties “in the public interest,” surely the the same holds true for the records of the presumptive Democratic nominee for President of the United States.

That being said, I sincerely hope they don’t go for it. And if they do, I hope they fail. I would be tremendously impressed if the Tribune announced that they had overstepped the bounds of decency and “the public’s right to know” in the Ryan case and would not expand on the precedent they established to get Kerry’s divorce records.

Yes, I understand that divorce filings are public record, and public records should only be sealed for the most important of reasons. But divorce tends to be an ugly, personal, thing. The death of a marriage should not be fodder for public entertainment and titillation – and let’s admit it, that’s what the Ryan case proved. While I would dearly love to see the allegations and admissions behind Kerry’s divorce, I recognize that the part of me is the adolescent, scandal-loving, cheap-thrill seeking part I acknowledge but try to control.

J.

And for the record: I didn’t know Ryan’s political affiliation when I wrote this earlier piece. It might have been in the back of my mind, but I quite frankly didn’t care. There are some things that ought to transcend parties, and this is one of them.


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I would be tremendously ... (Below threshold)

I would be tremendously impressed if the Tribune announced that they had overstepped the bounds of decency and “the public’s right to know” in the Ryan case and would not expand on the precedent they established to get Kerry’s divorce records.

I wouldn't.

Damn, McGeHee, you beat me ... (Below threshold)
Jay Tea:

Damn, McGeHee, you beat me to it... but to me, it's SOMETHING when someone does the right thing, even if it's for the wrong reasons. Actions speak louder than words. But I respect both your opinion and your superior timing.

J.

I am of the opinion that Ke... (Below threshold)

I am of the opinion that Kerry, unlike Ryan, is far too politically astute to have let a time bomb sit unopened in his divorce files all these years, waiting for it to be opened when he ran for president. Anybody in the public eye like Kerry has to know that bad stuff will come out eventually. If he did have bad stuff in that divorce he would have addressed it long ago to preempt attacks now. They may just let the Tribune go for it, then when nothing of substance is revealed, Kerry can play the honest martyr. (Cynical, I know.)

Not really caring much what... (Below threshold)
Debra:

Not really caring much what went on in the Kerry household regarding a nasty divorce. Shouldn't care....
There are more important issues at hand that govern his inability to run this country effectively.
We have become far too comfortable dealing in trash that exposes the lack of moral fibre. We need to get back to the basic questions that need to be asked with respect to the ability to lead. Whether he failed in his marriage or not is of no consequence to me. We have all failed in one realtionship or another. The difference should be if we learned from thje failure or not.
I don't defend Karry...OMG...NOT ME AT ALL...
I will say this though...whether he failed in marriage or not, he is still not now nor will he ever be leader of the free world material.
Kerry does not speak for me in or out of the bedroom.
ta ta!

Strange Dog said:<... (Below threshold)
Paul:

Strange Dog said:

I am of the opinion that Kerry, unlike Ryan, is far too politically astute to have let a time bomb sit unopened in his divorce files all these years, waiting for it to be opened when he ran for president. Anybody in the public eye like Kerry has to know that bad stuff will come out eventually

SD I gotta disagree. And I'll give you 3 pieces of evidence.

Bill Clinton, Bill Clinton and of course Bill Clinton.

For more politically astute than Kerry could ever hope to be and he did everything you said someone would not. EGO

Paul,Good point. ... (Below threshold)

Paul,

Good point.

I should note that I don't think that anybody's sealed divorce records should be opened, but if we are going to do it to Republicans, then Democrats should suffer, too.

SD - politely disagreeing. ... (Below threshold)

SD - politely disagreeing. I think that if we are going to be doing it to Republicans then Democrats should be beaten with sticks, tarred, feathered, and run out of town on a rail.

But leave the divorce records sealed. Let's get the camel's nose out of the tent :-)

If Kerry were so politicall... (Below threshold)

If Kerry were so politically astute he would have staked out coherent political positions and stuck with 'em, instead of that "nuance" crap like "I voted for it before I voted against it."

If he were so politically astute he would have answered straight up about the medals and pointed out that anybody who didn't do something stupid and regrettable at that age probably isn't worth half a bucket of warm spit.

To be honest, I think if he were politically astute he wouldn't be running for President.




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