Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Whenever you read a story like this:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A Tennessee lawmaker resigned from the state Senate on Tuesday after his extramarital affair with a 22-year-old intern was revealed by an investigation into an extortion case.

You know you're going to read something like this:

Stanley's legislative proposals were largely focused on pro-business issues, but he also sponsored failed measures to ban gay couples from adopting children. He also spoke out against funding for Planned Parenthood because he said unmarried people should not have sex.

Which raises the question: Is this kind of hypocrisy even news anymore? Should it just go without saying that when some GOP lawmaker gets caught boinking someone not his spouse, that he's previously come out strongly against the very extramarital sex he's been having?

You know, I might just like the Republicans better if they'd just be honest, like a friend of mine who once said, "I'm a Republican because I like low taxes and I don't like the government tellin' me what to do. I don't have a damn thing against drinkin' and whorin' around."

Or the only conservative to be truly and consistently funny, P.J. O'Rourke:

What is the Republican Party Reptile? It is a creature of the eighties. It’s neoconservatism with its pants down around its ankles, the Rehnquist Supreme Court on drugs, a disco Hobbes living without shame or federally mandated safety regulations. The Republican Party Reptile supports a strong defense policy, but sees no reason to conduct it while sober. The RPR believes in minimum government interference in private affairs—unless the government brings over extra girls and some ice. In short, the RPR is the new label that our political spectrum has been crying out for—the conservative with a sense of humor and a healthy dose of depravity.

Show me that kind of conservative party, and maybe we can talk.


Celine said...

No, it's not really news any more. OTOH, yes, I think it should be noted, and pounded on, whenever it happens. The American public has the attention span of a flea, and without hearing about it over and over again, people will forget it happens at all and start believing the lies again.

We spent 8 years listening to them play that one-note tune about Bill Clinton. If they want to dish it out, they'd better damn well not whine about having to take it.

Charlieopera said...

The hypocrisy never ends … but what is more upsetting (for me anyway) is a Democratic Party (including its president) that can’t will itself to support gay marriages (or, the proposition that “all men are created equal”) … I guess I expect it from the right, but then again, I have a very difficult time delineating Democrats from Republicans, especially of late.

JD Rhoades said...

The Republicans are the ones running around calling everyone racist and claiming the President wasn't born in America.

Charlieopera said...

Yes, JD, they are (some are, I guess) but that doesn't change the fact that the President nor most in his party can publicly support equal rights for gays.

Clowns like this guy you posted about, Sanderson, etc., expose hypocrits for what they are (and it's nice to see it happen -- much like Elliot Spitzer in NY), but that doesn't change the fact Democrats aren't defending equal rights for gays. Except for guys like Kucinich (a guy most in his party enjoy poking fun at--especially during presidential debates--when they bother to acknowledge him), most Dems hide when it comes to gay rights.

The nonsense about Obama being born in Kenya is laughable, but it isn't laughable that he can't speak up for gays within his own party.

Tom said...

No, Dusty, those are the WingNuts.

The Republicans are the Democrats refusing to get on board with The Prez's program.

Kucinich looks better and better as time goes by.