Next we have the taboo pair; Congressman Mark Foley and Senator Larry Craig. Foley, the newspapers said, had once been seduced by a priest when he was in his pre-teens. He went on to live a half-open, half-closeted sexual existence, until he was busted for sending sexually salacious emails to young male congressional pages, resulting in his resignation and disgrace. I don’t think there is enough there for a successful movie. The Craig thing comes close to being movie material, a comedy for sure, but one scene in a stall in a men’s toilet in an airport cannot fill the time required for a full length movie, wide stance or not. Nor does the spectacle of a US senator holding a press conference with his wife at his side declaring that he is not, and has never been, a homosexual. We’d need to know more. It may be odd, but there is no hint of Foley and Craig ever hooking up, politically or otherwise, and until there is some evident of this occurrence, there isn’t a movie here either.
John Edwards was seduced by an ambitious groupie in a weak moment (I like John Edwards) and made to behave in a particularly bad manner. Sexually cheating on a wife sick with cancer is really atrocious and nearly unforgivable for his wife, but completely unforgivable for those of us (like myself) who admired him and had hoped that he would have emerged in some role in the Obama Administration, working to alleviate poverty in America. There are many mysterious elements to this tale, such as is the baby his, but not yet the stuff of a good Love Story movie.
Senator John Ensign screwed his Chief of Staff by screwing his Chief of Staff’s wife. Now that’s some low-life stuff. Then his family paid nearly a hundred grand to the victimized family. That sounds criminal, but no movie here.
Of all the recent cases of political infidelity, Mark Sanford is the purest, and most wonderful; the one which would make a lovely movie. A middle-aged married governor, enchanted by a shapely Argentinean with marriage problems, is struck instantly and insanely with the recognition that she is his “soulmate,” the one person in the entire universe whose existence completes his existence; answers all the mysteries of the galaxies, proves the existence of God and perhaps, teaches him to tango. In the governor’s own words, “This is a Love Story.” And what a tearjerker of a movie it would make. This is also a story with multiple emotional dimensions which will hook the viewer’s interest.