“Democrats don’t share our values. An elected official is tweeting dirty photos of himself to strange women who he never meets for sex? Come on! At least Republican Chris Lee was trying to get some action! Republican politicians are man enough to hit that thing. Ensign, Vitter, even when it’s a gay scandal! They’re not tweeting love letters. They’re tearing up an airport bathroom until somebody calls the cops on them!”
Why aren’t members of Congress and the media demanding that Senator David Vitter resign?
If you recall (and how can you forget?) Vitter was outed in 2007 during the DC Madam sex scandal as a frequent client of prostitutes. (The mental picture of him allegedly wearing diapers during these visits is nearly as damaging as the actual pictures of Weiner — Vitter’s just lucky his fetish wasn’t photographed.) But yesterday, as calls for Weiner’s exit by Republicans and quite a few Dems were reaching a fever pitch, the GOP hosted a fundraiser for Vitter in a lobbyist’s fancy DC townhouse, video of which Rachel Maddow aired last night. Read more…
My guess: hypocrisy and double-standards for Democrats — even as members of the GOP constantly beat that “family values” drum. Also important: always ask for forgiveness from Jesus, then it’s all good.
Yesterday I took a break from blogs, news and politics. I just couldn’t do it. I couldn’t bring myself to care about Weinergate anymore, and I was sick of last night’s GOP debate before it even began.
This morning, I will admit to being amused by Andrew Sullivan’s description of Weinergate: “Texting while male.“ That about sums it up, doesn’t it? And that’s probably going to be about the last thing I have to say about it for awhile. I don’t care if he’s going to treatment, who thinks he should resign, or how completely hypocritical GOP politicians are being about this situation when they’ve defended much worse.
Sending a pic of your penis is one thing. But in the past, GOP politicians have defended (or remained silent about) conservative penises wearing both diapers and prostitutes, conservative penises physically engaged in adultery, and conservative penises acting gay when their owners are supposedly anti-gay. We all remember and are keeping score.
And the debate: did I watch? Hell, nyet! Everything you need to know about the Tea Party can be summed up by their ‘favorites’: Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin. As for the rest of them… wow.
Think Progress live-blogged this mess. Some highlights:
9:43: Romney says we should bring our troops home from Afghanistan when generals tell him we can hand the country off to the “Taliban military.” Then corrects himself, “Afghan military.”
9:40: Pawlenty finally shows some of the decisiveness that everyone has been waiting for. Unfortunately, it comes in response to the question “Coke or Pepsi?”
9:28: Ron Paul references the “border between Iraq and Afghanistan.” Which does not exist.
9:10: Cain stakes bold stand he would not have any Muslims who want to kill him in his administration.
8:58: Newt Gingrich explains that his description of the Ryan plan as “right-wing social engineering” was only in response to a very narrow question. Some good, some bad in it, he says.
8:58: Ron Paul says Americans need to be weaned off of Social Security and specifically says the elderly and children have become “so dependent on the government.”
8:55 (Think Progress notes): Medicare is fully solvent until 2024. After 2024, the hospital fund will still be able to meet “90 percent” of its commitments.
8:53: Ron Paul claims Medicare isn’t currently solvent. Pawlenty also asserts it’s not solvent.
8:41: Romney won’t admit that he was wrong when he wrote in 2008 that, if the American automakers were rescued by the government, you can “kiss the American automotive industry goodbye.”
8:36: Asked to choose between Johnny Cash and Elvis, Bachmann chooses “both.”
8:31: John King asks the hard-hitting question: “Leno or Conan?” Santorum responds, “Probably Leno…I don’t watch either.”
8:31: Pawlenty kisses up to hate radio, declares most of his family of “Reagan Democrats” listens to Rush Limbaugh.
8:30: Bachmann attacks the EPA and says it should be renamed the “job killing organization of America.”
8:30 Pawlenty calls a backpack a “back sack.”
8:26: Like Cain did earlier, Ron Paul endorses a tax holiday that would be a multi-billion dollar giveaway to multinational corporations.
8:17: John King is trying to out Pawlenty for using the term “Obamneycare.” Pawlenty sheepishly refuses to defend the term. Instead, he blames President Obama.
8:14: Bachmann claimed that the Congressional Budget Office said the Affordable Care Act will kill 800,000 jobs. That’s not what the CBO said.
8:11: Bachmann announced, “I filed today my paperwork” and will “very soon be making my formal announcement.” Isn’t that a formal announcement?
“Opie backed him up: Breitbart didn’t intend to put the photo online. But Breitbart was not showing the photograph to news producers in order to prove its veracity. He passed his fucking phone around to everyone in a satellite radio studio…
So here’s my question: This is at least four people Breitbart showed the photo to who had no pressing journalistic need to see it. How many more are there? How many other people has Andrew Breitbart shown the photo to since Weiner apologized to him? Shouldn’t Andrew give us a specific list of the people he’s shown the picture to, and when he showed it to them? Does he think this behavior is compatible with “trying to do the decent thing”? Has he shown it to Ann Coulter? …”
Desperate to be one of the ‘cool kids’ someday…
Stephen Colbert discusses Breitbart passing around Anthony Weiner’s pic to everyone at the Opie & Anthony Show:
Andrew Breitbart (recorded): “I went on the Opie & Anthony Show. I’m friends with one of the guys there. And I just decided, before I went to the airport, why not stop in for some highjinx…”
Stephen Colbert: “Yes, highjinx! As a journalist, Andrew Breitbart engages in only the highest of jinx.”
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Here’s Andrew Breitbart with Opie and Anthony, and actor Vincent D’Onofrio, smirking and laughing as he passes his phone (with the infamous picture of Rep. Anthony Weiner’s penis, that he swore to withhold in order to “spare Rep. Weiner’s family”) around the studio — with a hand-held camera three feet away.
And he claims he didn’t have any idea it would leak. He’s outraged. He’s “mortified.”
It’s pretty weird that Breitbart carries that x-rated pic on his cell phone.
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Only two years ago, Eric Cantor wanted to talk about the direction of our country and JOBS. The important things! What he didn’t want to talk about were John Ensign’s and Mark Sanford’s affairs.
Today Cantor wants Anthony Weiner to resign over online chats and photos. If a Republican’s involved in a scandal — clearly it’s between them and their families and the people of their state. But if it’s a Democrat? Different rules! Annihilate!
Today, Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is calling on Anthony Weiner to resign.
But as always with Republicans, it’s instructive to take a look at what they said when their people were in the spotlight. In the cases of Mark Sanford and John Ensign, both of whom had real affairs in the real world involving real sex, and then lied about it and covered it up (not for a few days but for months or years), Eric Cantor sang a very different tune.
CANTOR: Well, listen. I mean, again, I say in the instance of the people in South Carolina and Nevada, it is up to them, and those are the elected individuals by those states.
And again, it’s not about, necessarily, these personalities. The direction of this country — and the challenges that we face are enormous. And we ought to be talking about how to go about creating jobs again. We ought to be talking about the things that matter most to people in this country.
“I am deeply disappointed and saddened about this situation; for Anthony’s wife, Huma, his family, his staff and his constituents.” I am calling for an Ethics Committee investigation to determine whether any official resources were used or any other violation of House rules occurred.”