The general sense in the comments to all this stuff on the Richardson rumor is that I am unfairly maligning the media for going after a legitimate story. These comments are mostly from Democrats who no doubt thought the media was unfair in going after Clinton on the Lewinsky matter, but now think it is fair game. That’s fair enough.
To the AJC’s credit, they have apparently decided not to run the story unless (A) they get the pictures or (B) a challenger arises to the Speaker. While I can confirm a great deal about this story and what is and is not available to further the story, I don’t think the AJC is going to be able to move forward. I do think that less credible papers, particularly those that really don’t even pretend to be objective, can.
I think it is abundantly clear that this a hit job because of the volume of Democrats who, only four years ago, were in power and very open about their girlfriends and the media never laid a hand on them. Now, all of a sudden, it becomes fair game.
As of now, the media is in a holding pattern — each reporter hoping the other reporters’ editors give the green light to move forward.
I expect this story to move forward. I expect the story to have zero impact on the Speaker beyond, perhaps, his family. I expect it to be a wake up call to the GOP that they have no friends in the media and should stay on permanent offense. I also expect it should be a wake up call to a number of legislators who want to move up the ranks that they better get their personal lives in order.
We all know the rumors of what goes on when the legislature is in session. I don’t think the GOP will keep getting the free ride that the Dems got. Sure, that’s all partisan of me. I’m an admitted partisan. But I also think I’m right.