Headline in the Washington Post (no, not The Onion):
During National ‘Character Counts’ Week,
Bush Stumps for Philanderer
Footnote The headline-writer seems to have lost his moral compass, perhaps from reading too many Christian Right press releases. Does the Congressman’s “philandering” (i.e., adultery) really indicate a character flaw more serious than the one that led him to beat his mistress and threaten to strangle her? The Bible, at least on the surface, agrees with the headline-writer; it condemns adultery vigorously, and domestic assault not at all. Does the newspaper mean to embrace that judgment? Or perhaps the headline-writer has simply read correctly what “character” means in current American political discourse: abstaining from illicit pleasure, rather than from wanton cruelty.