There is a trend, not a new trend by any means, but a trend to scrutinize the private lives of politicians. While some of this is because they bring it on themselves by say, campaigning and creating laws against the very thing they are doing (why hello ex-Governor Spitzer, how are you?), others are scrutinized simply for being a politician. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, are examples of pretty normal human beings who haven't done much in the way of scandalous behavior. Then there are Hilary Clinton and Joe Biden who have some semi-scandals out in the public discourse, but nothing that you don't see with any normal business persons. Even Sarah Palin and John McCain, while their scandals are a bit more salacious (fake baby-bearing and wife-maltreatment, respectively) should they really be open for public scrutiny?
If you opened your life to the media, wouldn't they find out some things that you would rather not lay bare to the world? I know I would, and I haven't even done anything that salacious. The point is, when looking at how these candidates would run the country, does their personal life really matter? Or is it just fodder for the easily-bored masses?
Please discuss in the comments!