I must say David Broder outdoes even himself here:
- May 25, 2006: "[T]he drama of the Clintons' personal life would be a hot topic if she runs for president..."
- September 6, 2007: "[Hillary Clinton's] marriage is the central fact in her life..."
- November 9, 2007: "I plan to leave both subjects [the Giuliani marriages and the single Clinton marriage] alone..."
Why the switch? Greg Sargent opines:
Horses Mouth November 12, 2007 10:15 AM: So Broder won't be writing about the Clinton and Giuliani marriages going forward? Wow, how impressively high-minded of him!... This is kind of funny, because he hasn't shown any such reticence in the past when it comes to looking at the Clintons' union -- far from it.... [B]ack when it really counted -- when the GOP tried to impeach Bill Clinton over his affair -- Broder thought the Clinton marriage was completely fair game. He wrote multiple columns at the time arguing that his affair threw his entire character and even fitness for the Presidency into question.
Yet now, suddenly, when a questioner asks Broder whether he sees serial adulterer Rudy's marriage as fodder for judging his fitness for the Presidency, Broder effectively dodges the allegation of his and the media's double standard by suddenly going all high-minded and saying he won't be discussing the marriages of Rudy or Hillary. The obvious hypocrisy here aside, I propose that we hold Broder to his promise.