Military bases are hotbeds of sexual intrigue. If you live near one and "volunteer" you're usually infatuated with the military.
If you're prominent and well to do, and access the upper echelons,the social cache from be "close" to generals and their wives is very important. It's an entire sub-culture unto itself. This is true from Hawaii,to the Carolinas,San Diego to Norfolk, and especially the Washington, D.C. area. It's very intoxicating to have access to top generals, celebrities you read about and see on the news.
Jill Kelley seems like a conniving bitch. Very proprietary about her "friends" with no problem using their influence. Bet we're going to find out about all kinds of "perks" access afforded her. People like her, immersed in the base's culture, hanging out with generals and their wives, lose sight on reality.
They too, operate in that parallel universe. It gives them a sense of power to be able to call up a "friend" in the FBI andatart an investigation. She was never frightened. She was pissed, intriguing to find out who had peeped her.
Bet she is sorry she fucked over Petraeus, tho. She's sinking like a stone,her social status completely compromised. She complains she's the vicitm in this debacle, but all those "friends" now consider her a pariah.
Broadwell will figure out how to turn this career destroying mess to her advantage. She has more intellectual and personal resources, so she'll re-invent herself. Remember. She's "cooperating."
Kelley seems like a Right Wing, politically active piece of shit. Petraeus's lover is hard core military. She probably knows enough for a few more books.
There's no serious conspiracy operating here, IMO. The scandal just rips the covers off the military sub-culture. All that God, Honor Country rectitude. Officers, enlisted men, Generals, fuck around all the time. Generals have huge egos. They love it when these military "groupies" sing a chorus of "How great thou art." So yeah, Melrose Place not Homeland.
In my opinion? The Republican cabal has been after Holder for months. They hate him. They will use this to take another run at him.
This also compromises Petraeus's report on Benghazi. He was going to testify with a stellar reputation, with weight and authority. Now he looks like a pathetic ass. His report on Benghazi will have no impact. He's been blunted.
The GOP is scrambling for angles to take advantage of. Yes, all these players are Republicans, but don't kid yourself. Rigid extremists like the Republicans in Congress, don't forgive anyone who willingly cooperates, supports, or collaborates with the enemy. Ever. So Petraeus, who was going to support the adminnistration's version of what happened in Benghazi, now has a career in shambles, and no credibility in his own area of expertise.
The impact on POTUS, is that it's weakened him. I'm so glad he has Holder & Panetta with him. You won't find two more capable, smart, courageous, principled members of the cabinet than them.
As for Election night, and the rest, I noticed the absense of the kids, too. But I Michelle was campaigning like crazy this time. The kids are older,and know what's happening now, it's not new as it was in 2008. But Iy do agree there were serious security concerns, and they were obvious in the decision to move indoors in Charlotte, and again election night.
There are some very angry people in this country. Some of them are members of Congress, some of them serve in our military, and some of them infiltrate large crowds. By removing people who are capable and trustworthy in the performance of their jobs, it endangers the country as much as POTUS