Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Your Standard Double Standards

I’ll give Reince Priebus, the chairman of the GOP, credit for doing this with a straight face.

The Republican Party chairman said Tuesday that Rep. Anthony Weiner should resign after admitting to sexually charged online relationships with several women and lying about his misdeeds.

The New York congressman seemed increasingly isolated from even his fellow Democrats Tuesday, as House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi formally requested a House ethics probe and the Senate’s top Democrat declined to publicly defend him.

Reince Priebus said in a statement that either Pelosi and Democratic chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz believe that members of Congress are held to a different standard, or they believe the congressman’s actions demand his departure from the House.

This from the party that gave us South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford “hiking the Appalachian Trail,” Sen. John Ensign paying off his mistress’s family, and of course the ever-lovin’ Sen. David Vitter, who enjoyed the company of prostitutes to the point that he was making appointments with them while on the floor of the House of Representatives.

I think the word you’re looking for is “chutzpah.”

Rachel Maddow puts it in perspective.

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Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele used the tired old argument that “both sides do it.” Yeah, bullshit. The GOP is the party that sells themselves as the arbiters of moral values, and this false equivalency is a pathetic attempt to divert the attention away from their rampant hypocrisy.