Thursday, August 30, 2007

Hypocrites on parade ...

They're all coming out to rationalize Larry Craig's behavior. The lovely Pam Spaulding (one of my favoritest bloggers by the way) documents:


First up, Jim Smith, editor of the Jacksonville-based Florida Baptist Witness:

"If someone's walk doesn't match their talk, of course it's relevant. But a politician's conduct "also has to be evaluated in light of other considerations, and we aren't electing saints here," Smith said. "All of us are fallen and subject to sin. We're not looking for perfection. But we do want integrity."


Hmmmm. Where was he during the hysterical impeachment of Bill Clinton?


My personal favorite comes from Ralph Reed, the former executive director of the Christian Coalition, associate of Jack Abramoff, and frequent talking head when the MSM wants a rep from the far right:

Let's be clear what voters of faith are saying. They're not saying that every single politician who professes a conservative viewpoint should live up to that standard. It's really the opposite. None of us are perfect, and we all fall short of God's grace. A lot of times that gets lost when someone's failing becomes politicized."


And was he saying "none of us are perfect" when the Rethugs were vilifying Clinton?

I think not.

People in glass houses shouldn't get stoned.


Keith Boykin has a good article up* on this very subject too:


If the Republicans were smart, they would get out of the business of serving as the nation's morality police once and for all. The only reason why the Monica Lewinsky scandal didn't kill Bill Clinton's political career is because he never pretended to be a saint in the first place. But any kind of scandal with the Republicans is going to be magnified until the party learns to stop lecturing adults about what they can and can't do in the privacy of their bedrooms.

Once society finally opens up and allows gays and lesbians the free expression to be themselves, then people like Craig won't have to go trolling the public restrooms looking for a hookup. [my em]


Thing is, if the Rethugs gave up being the morality police, they'd lose the evangelical crowd, and then they'd lose everything.

*Thanks to TerranceDC for the link.

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