As long as I've been alive this has been the climate of American politics; the politics of personal destruction. It's been the fog that masks the true dysfunctions and complications of government ever since Richard Nixon and Watergate. And even though I'm sure a hint of this has always permeated political chatter, and politicians have never been saints, the only function of these sagas is to distract the electorate from the true issues.
I hope we can someday move beyond this type of political discourse, but with cats like Andrew Breitbart around, I'm highly pessimistic.
Good luck, Anthony.