Sex scandals draw ire of Dem party elders

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In a “Today” appearance Monday morning, NBC Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell said, “This is getting to the point where it is really splashing up against the Clintons because it’s almost unavoidable that people are making comparisons.”

In a broader sense, the Weiner sex scandal, coupled with those of San Diego mayor Bob Filner and New York comptroller candidate, Eliot Spitzer, now compose a trio of targets for Democratic Party elders — who are visibly growing weary of the scandals. Last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said, “The conduct of some of these people that we’re talking about here is reprehensible, is so disrespectful of women.”

On Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” David Axelrod, former senior adviser to President Obama, said of Weiner, “He is not going to be the next mayor of New York, he is wasting time and space.”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein on CNN’s “State of the Union” was equally critical of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner. “I don’t think that somebody who is lacking a moral compass really sets a role model or really will provide the kind of leadership that San Diegans want,” she said.

That combined criticism for three of the party’s heavy hitters represents a sea change from what some believe is a scandal double-standard.

“I do think there is a double standard,” Karl Rove told Fox News on Monday. “If a Republican is involved in a sex scandal, it’s used to depict the entire party as hypocritical because it’s a party of traditional family values. When Dems do this kind of stuff, it’s general entertainment and in some instances a basis for getting them back into politics,” he said.

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