Rachel Maddow took her viewers on a little trip down memory lane with former Rep. Henry Hyde and his hypocrisy when it came to attacking Bill Clinton and his marital infidelity. After Salon told his office they were publishing details of Hyde's affair, he responded by saying "The statute of limitations has long since passed on my youthful indiscretions."
Hyde was 41 years old at the time.
And now we've got Sen. Rand Paul using the same excuse when it comes to his neo-Confederate buddy, Jack Hunter. Apparently Paul is standing by his "Southern Avenger" and you guessed it, excusing his behavior as youthful indiscretion as well:
Paul said that Hunter had never acted in a discriminatory way, and that his earlier work in South Carolina was a form of youthful political showmanship.
“People are calling him a white supremacist,” Paul told me in his Senate office. “If I thought he was a white supremacist, he would be fired immediately. [...]
“Are we at a point where nobody can have had a youth or said anything untoward?” the senator asked rhetorically.
Jack Hunter is 39 years old and as Maddow noted, he was still going by the "Southern Avenger" when he was 35 and writing his columns right up until the time Paul hired him. "Youthful indiscretions," otherwise known as things I did in my mid-thirties to early forties in Republican world.