In Praise of Mass Hypocrisy

A CENTURY AGO, WHEN AMERICANS HAD MORE AUSTERE sexual habits, they elected a President who was widely known to have had an illegitimate child. As a candidate, Grover Cleveland was mocked with the chant "Ma, Ma, where's my pa? Gone to the White House. Ha, ha, ha." Yet Cleveland won the White House, occasioning his supporters' memorable retort:

Hurrah for Maria

Hurrah for the kid

We voted for Grover

And we're damn glad we did.

A hundred years later, Americans are more sexually permissive, but not, it seems, when it comes to their presidential candidates. The father of an illegitimate child...

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