Whether on the left or the right of the political spectrum, Americans are increasingly setting litmus tests for candidates that do neither the candidates nor the nation much good.
In my opinion, committing to special interest political pledges is a violation of a politician's congressional oath of office which they take "without any mental reservation". Commitment to dearly held political beliefs is to be commended; but swearing blind allegiance to them is not.
Even with sky-high unemployment, we can easily afford to both suspend FICA and truly strengthen Social Security and Medicare by increasing the minimum benefits and closing the donut holes.
I hereby vow that if it is revealed that I have been frequenting prostitutes, I will not force my spouse to accompany me to the press conference at which I issue my pathetic, tearful public mea culpa.