Al Kamen’s Take on Politician Hanky Panky

WaPo‘s In the Loop columnist Al Kamen has the naked take on politicians cheating on their wives.

He calls it “Naked Patriotism.” And it involves politicians blaming their, er, desire and passion to help the country as one of many excuses to why they screwed up their marriages and their political careers. He calls former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford‘s reasoning the “dreamy excuse” that involved a “forbidden” and “tragic” love story. But still he called it “weird.” Kamen dissected the sexual escapades of Eliot Spitzer, former President Bill Clinton and finally, Newt.

Least impressive? Newt Gingrich. He writes, “Interviewed in Iowa, Gingrich said his extramarital activity was ‘partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate.”

Favorite lines: “It’s not easy to wrap yourself in a flag while you’re naked. And it’s not particularly comfortable. But it’s certainly a lot more creative than the usual lame-o excuses.”

Read the full item here. But just a hint WaPo, hiding “Naked Patriotism” under “Rumsfeld and Cheney Safeguard America” was (no offense, Al, we blame the editors) not a great editorial move.