Where does Stormy Daniels fit in the history of political extramaritals?

This is classic.  At some point in time, while his wife Melania was recovering from bearing his fifth child, Donald Trump had an extramarital affair with adult film actress Stephanie Clifford, professionally known as Stormy Daniels.  And as political scandals go, this is rather juicy, shall we say.  And although Stormy Daniels told her story of the extramarital tryst to InTouch Magazine in 2011, it’s understood that she’s been under a non-disclosure agreement (worth $130,000 in hush money) to keep quiet about the affair.

But now that she believes her NDA is no longer valid, she’s going to talk.  I don’t know who she’s going to talk to, I don’t care.  But what I do care about is … this has the potential to be the most “bring your popcorn” political moment since the days when Bill Clinton got a White House intern to service him in the Oval Office.

Not excusing anything Trump did – an extramarital affair by the guy who once bragged that it was okay to assault women when you’re a celebrity (see “Grab ‘Em By The Pussy”) is definitely high on the skeeviness level – he’s not the first politician to get caught with his pants down.  And he won’t be the last.

So where does Stormy Daniels fit in throughout the pantheon of perverted paramours and pubic pulchritudities?

Let’s see…

  • Thomas Jefferson is alleged to have fathered as many as six children with his slave, Sally Hemmings.
  • Grover Cleveland fathered a child out of wedlock, and paid child support for the young lad’s care for many years.  In fact, one of the early political campaign newspaper mudslinging cartoons ran with this tag: “Ma, Ma, Where’s My Pa? He’s in the White House, Ha Ha Ha!”
  • Remember Gary Hart?  Donna Rice? A photo of them aboard a boat called the Monkey Business?  Sure you do…
  • How about John Edwards, who was the Vice Presidential candidate on John Kerry’s Presidential bid … his life was right up there on the sleazy side of things…
  • One of our great governors, Nelson Rockefeller, died while in bed with his mistress.
  • Another one of our great governors, Elliot Spitzer … he definitely liked those high-class call girls…
  • They didn’t call Bill Clinton “Slick Willie” for nothing … Let’s see … Gennifer Flowers … Paula Jones … and Monica Lewinsky, and those are the ones we KNOW about.
  • And Anthony Weiner … dude … phones are for calling people, not for sending pictures of your junk to underage girls…

And through it all, things never change.  Men who wield political power – be they Republicans or Democrats – have abused that power.  They’ve cheated on their wives.  They’ve coerced other women for sex, with the promise of power or wealth or other unobtainable treasures.

Does the Stormy Daniels matter have the power to take down a President?  Or, at the very least, will it destroy his marriage and family?  Or will Donald Trump – who seems to have inherited the sobriquet “Teflon Don” now that John Gotti’s not using it – survive a scandal that’s now playing out throughout the broadcast news cycle?

And, eventually, there should be at least one more motion picture out of this whole affair.  Heck, when Sarah Palin entered the political fray in 2008, an adult film company produced a parody porn film, called “Who’s Naylin’ Paylin?”

So if the adult film parody picture is due from the Donald Trump / Stormy Daniels affair …

I wonder if Stormy Daniels will play herself in the film adaptation.

Gotta go with the source materials, I guess…