When actor George Clooney told Newsweek he doesn't believe he could run for political office because he's "f**ked too many chicks and did too many drugs," he might as well have been speaking for a whole generation of his A-list friends.

But why can't a truly qualified person just admit their past misbehavior and move on without irrelevant muckraking from opponents? Clooney is smart and politically active; the actor opposed the war in Iraq, does humanitarian work for the Darfur conflict, raised millions last year for Haitian earthquake relief and continuously creates documentaries to raise awareness of serious issues around the world. He'd actually be an admirable political candidate. But given how dirty today's politicians play, can there ever be another Ronald Reagan?