The Front Run­ner

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Living - - CINEMA -

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Some say the US me­dia’s ob­ses­sion with the pri­vate moral fi­bre of pres­i­den­tial hope­fuls — or in­cum­bents, in the cur­rent case — can be traced back to the drop­ping out of the 1988 race of Demo­cratic run­ner Gary Hart.

Be­fore Hart, there was an un­der­stand­ing with jour­nal­ists that a politi­cian’s pri­vate life was out of bounds and pol­icy was re­ally all that mat­tered.

Fol­low­ing rev­e­la­tions of his ex­tra­mar­i­tal af­fair with model/ ac­tress Donna Rice in 1987, Hart and his ilk be­came fair game, and a new nor­mal in po­lit­i­cal reportage was in­ducted in.

Hugh Jack­man is ideal as the Se­nate Ado­nis re­fus­ing to play

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