It’s a scandal for our times, an iconoclastic political outsider undone by allegations of homemade revenge porn. Or maybe Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens won’t be undone. Running a page from the playbook of his pal President Trump, the Republican rookie is plunging ahead, gutting it out, evidently impervious to embarrassment.
If you’ve missed this story amid the welter of news, let me catch you up. A couple of years ago, Missouri appeared to be headed to another of its customary statewide elections in which a ladder-climber from the Democratic Party would square off against a ladder-climbing Republican to succeed an incumbent known mainly for his ladder-climbing skills.
Then out of nowhere — check that, out of the digital blue — came Greitens, a political unknown who appeared to be conjured from a consultant’s wildest dreams. The young and handsome Rhodes scholar was a decorated Navy SEAL, a Democrat turned Republican, a champion of veterans and a scourge of crony corruption.