Given the media coverage lately on the Gov. Schwarzenegger story, I believe it is a proper time to look at the bad that has come about as a result of blogging, micro-blogging, and other forms of the social network that inundates our lives and the political process. There are many blogs and those on Facebook who are championing the uncovering of the Gov. Schwarzenegger story. They are ignoring what the magnification of this story has done to the marriage and what the kids have to go through for the rest of their lives. They view it as a victory for the Left and another defeat in the Right’s modeling of being the family values side in the political argument.
I believe that such explosion of any news into a political figure’s personal life is coming at a cost to our county. I believe that there are many intelligent, passionate, and driven individuals who are shying away for running for office because of what the microscope of media exposure is going to do to their family. They know that a rift in a relationship, a mistake made in youth, a forgotten bill, is going to be seized on by bloggers and pundits and championed as a weapon aimed at the defeat of their candidacy. Political bloggers are passionate about politics, and as a result of the polarization of our political parties, tend to find themselves on the extremes of the American spectrum. (One of the perks of this blog, for the record, is the ability of the authors to be out-of-sync with the hard party liners)
Look for example at Mitch Daniels, and his decision to run for President. He is not busy trying to convince politicos or financiers that he is the right person for the job, but rather spending his time weighing the toll on his family life, and if it is worth the cost. How uncivil, and sad is the state of our country’s politics, that a man with bi-partisan support, magnificent record as governor, and with campaigner staffers and donors lined up waiting to help him out, is seriously considering not running because of what the media and bloggers are going to say about his arrest in youth, marriage life, and his daughters?