Can you say “personal responsibility”

OK, if I have this straight, and I’m afraid I do, some congressman running for re-election has decided that since Ted Kennedy was a scum bag when he deserted Mary Jo Kopechne at Chappaquidick, Dennis Hastert should be viewed as ok by us in comparison – even if he did sit on the fact that one of his party’s representatives was trying his best to diddle male congressional pages.  Ah politics.  Nothing like reaching for the gold standard, is there?  Of course, in this case we ended up with the poo poo standard.