Okay, let's cut to the chase: What Donald Trump said back in 2005 about a certain female celebrity was indeed vulgar. It is disgusting, but it does not serve as the be-all and end-all judgment on Trump as an individual or a presidential candidate.
One would have to be naive to be shocked and appalled by Trump's language. Anyone with half a brain knew that he was a philandering playboy, narcissist and egotist used to getting his own way, and men -- regardless of their standing in society -- do have a tendency to talk dirty about women. Sorry, but it's just a fact.
But beyond that, how in the hell can Democrats be indignant about vulgar comments by a presidential candidate when one of their own -- Slick Willie -- engaged in sordid sexual acts with an intern right inside the Oval Office while he was president? He also lied about his activities under oath, resulting in his impeachment and the suspension of his law license.
The Democrats circled the wagon for Clinton, and Hillary worked overtime demonizing, threatening and belittling the so-called "bimbos" who accused the president of sexually harassing or even raping them. Fast forward nearly two decades, and many Republicans are in high dudgeon, expressing shock, disgust and dismay over Trump's antics and withdrawing their support for him. Some of them are the usual suspects -- RINOS such as Sen. John McCain, Sen. Mark Kirk, former Utah Gov. John Huntsman, as well as erstwhile Bushies like former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Additionally, some prominent private sector leaders, such as former GE CEO Jack Welch, also have withdrawn their support.
The widespread consternation, condemnation and withdrawals of support may underscore that Republicans and conservatives are more likely to have a conscience, some scruples and a sense of limits, as opposed to the nihilistic Democrats, who will line up in lockstep behind horrible policy (Obamacare) and shameful behavior (Slick Willie's antics) and the incompetence, mendacity and criminal acts of Hillary. They're all about seizing and holding onto power, principles be damned.
But the mass defections also probably indicate that many of these high horse critics are most concerned with making themselves look moral and righteous. Indeed, there are even calls for Trump to drop out -- preposterous, in reality. Ballots have been printed up; the wheels are in motion. The meetings, paperwork and other machinations that would be necessary to replace Trump atop the ticket with only a month to go until the election cannot be completed in such a short time frame.
But beyond that, let's be real. Does anyone actually believe that John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton didn't also use salty language in describing their sexual exploits and objects of their desire? You'd have to have your head in the sand not to think so. No one ever thought Trump was an angel, and Americans typically don't look to presidents to be paragons of virtue when it comes to sexual mores. A cursory review of history will reveal various types of disgusting and vulgar behavior by presidents, including heavy drinking, womanizing, cursing, urinating in the bushes, slandering and harassing political opponents, mistreating Secret Service agents and acting abusive toward their families.
I hope and pray that Americans will think long and hard about whether we can stand a continuation of the failed policies that have brought us to our knees. The fact that about 65 percent of the people polled say the country is on the wrong track bodes well for Trump. Even if he is considered a crude lout, a cad, a sleaze-bag... maybe the thought of drastic change will garner him sufficient support on Nov. 8.
But in the meantime, the moralists and media drama queens will be going ballistic with sensationalism. This is definitely one screwed up presidential election. And who knows what else is in store these last few weeks. Hold onto your hats.