Did Kerry have a fling with an intern? In many ways, I don’t care. Having an illicit tryst doesn’t automatically mean you can’t be effective as a political leader. The press always runs wild with these stories because they get people all riled up. Usually, no one in the press addresses the question of whether this sort of information is useful to the voting populace. Most often it isn’t useful or relevant so much as it is tantalizing and, therefore, profit-generating for the media.
But having said that, I will say that, obviously, infidelity issues can sometimes be significant and worthy of press coverage. When? Well, let me put it this way, I agree with absolutely everything that James Lileks says here.