One of the reasons I like politics, if I'm being truly honest, is the Schadenfreude. You get a single Congressman going on and on and on about Internet predators for no apparent reason, just you wait: He'll get caught wacking it in his office to IMs from teenage boys. Got a Congressman who rails about Bill Clinton's infidelities to Hillary? Oh, he'll leave his wife for the much-younger staffer he was boning. So it was with a great deal of trepidation that I read about how the pastor who married Jenna Bush is talking up the Obama's strong marriage as a reason to vote for him. Shhhhh! The Schadenfreude gods might hear you!Reverend Kirbyjon Caldwell, senior pastor at Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston, contrasted both Barack Obama's obvious respect for Michelle with John McCain's suggestion that his wife participate in the nearly-naked Miss Buffalo Chip pageant at the biker rally in Sturgis as well as Obama's marital fidelity with McCain's admission that he was unfaithful to his first wife. Caldwell added, "I don't know if that is a perfect case in point, but it surely does help to juxtapose the DNA of Senator Obama, if you would, versus the DNA of Senator McCain." He then took on conservative pastor Rick Warren, who said that he would have difficulty voting for a Presidential candidate that cheated on his wife — in reference, obviously, to John Edwards, not McCain. Caldwell agreed with Warren's assertion, saying he would have difficulty voting for known adulterer John McCain. Look, seriously, I like the idea of their marriage, too — but I liked the idea of the Edwards' marriage before that, and look where that got me. But you shouldn't be voting for Edwards, McCain or Obama based on how some PR guy convinced you that he's a great husband or father. The right-wing nutjobs are going to fall all over themselves to bash John Edwards for cheating and then turn about and vote for John McCain, just like liberals fall all over themselves to bash Republican hypocrisy and will turn around and vote for our own hypocrites. It's the way the game is played for the small number of people that will actually take this shit seriously. In the end, we love to build our heroes up, and we love taking them down more. So, maybe Michelle Obama was right months ago when she was talking about Barack's morning breath and snoring. Can we just go back to tweaking him instead of beatifying him? That way, when he does inevitably stumble (though, hopefully not into bed with someone other than Michelle) he won't have quite so far to fall. What Is This: Jenna Bush's Pastor Edition [Politico] Rick Warren Would Have Serious Compunctions About Voting for an Adulterer, Says John Edwards Has Lost the Trust of America [ABC News]