Andrew Sullivan — as only he can — apologizes for not being as obsessed with John Edwards’ infidelities as he’s been with Sarah Palin’s uterus:
My mistake as a journalist was in making an assumption of a baseline of decency in public officials that it is not my job to make. My job is to assume nothing and to trust nothing until verified. One doesn’t have to pry; but when rumors emerge, we should not be deferent with public officials. We should ask questions.
With Palin, people assumed that because she was a governor, she had a baseline level of competence, logic, general knowledge and mental stability. Wrong. On the Trig stuff, it was just too absurd to doubt her story, however factually implausible it appeared. With Edwards, people assumed that his own good looks, and his much less glamorous, though still lovely, wife implied a marriage of depth and love*.
And really, you can’t fault one true conservative from trying to protect the vice-presidential nominee of another.
* How much depth and love? This much.