NY Times' "October Surprise"?

Carol Platt Liebau
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Posted: Sep 24, 2010 11:40 AM
The NY Post includes an item about an upcoming NY Times piece that will accuse John Boehner of an affair

It goes without saying that if Boehner has engaged in conduct that's obviously wrong, he should resign and get out of the way.  The point of November 2 is to turn the country around; it's not about any one individual politician.

But given the NY Times' proclivity for dropping unsubstantiated dirt on Republican candidates -- remember the apparently baseless allegations made about  John McCain having an affair? -- there's reason to believe this is little more than Times politicking (a sad end to a once-great newspaper, incidentally).  The woman who's been fingered as the supposed other party in the affair has denied the allegations entirely: "I found it to be highly insulting, particularly as a female political professional, as well as unfounded. Beyond that, I have no further comment on the matter."

Good for her. When the Times starts a campaign that looks on female professionals' reputations and careers as nothing more than collateral damage in a partisan political assault, it should be offensive to -- and denounced by -- all women.