Welcome back to The Best & The Brightest, I’m Peter Hamby. In tonight’s edition, notes on a bizarre Virginia political sex scandal that perfectly encapsulates both the strange state of our current politics and also the power of the Dobbs ruling on abortion to crowd out practically everything else—a dynamic that won’t just determine the outcome of the Virginia state house elections, but possibly control of Congress and the White House, too.
But first, an update on the Capitol with Abby Livingston…
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The weird, kinky case of Susanna Gibson—the nurse who filmed herself having sex with her husband while running for the Virginia state legislature—signals how far our political sex scandals have evolved, especially on the left, and especially in consequential elections.
Last week, I popped over to Richmond to visit my parents for a few days, and in between spoonfuls of my dad’s shrimp and grits, I asked them what the word around town was about the wildest political sex scandal I can remember. Not just in Virginia, but anywhere. My dad’s response pretty much summed it up...
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