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Wednesday, June 28

Adulterers: GOP Frontrunners

Hillary Clinton wasn't the one who was caught in an adulterous affair, yet conservative writers just cannot leave her personal relationship with her husband out of the equation. What I think really pisses off the conservatives is that despite her husband's extra-curricular activities, is that they are still together as a couple. Why that is completely unheard of in conservative politics- it's ok if you're a cheater and a Republican, just as long as you divorce your wife and marry the other woman. Or is it?

Serial monogamy is the name of the game in God's Own Party (as long as the press doesn't dwell on it) despite the fact that Jesus expliticly mentioned that once you get divorced because of your own unfaithfulness, you will live in the state of adultery for the rest of your life should you have a relationship with anyone else. Luke 16: 18. Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery; and he who marries one who is divorced from a husband commits adultery. But those are just silly details and the 7th commandment is soooo Old Testament.

I don't care what people do in their private lives, but don't go around telling everyone how "christian" you are when your claim to fame is your "family values" platform. It's the hypocrisy that really pisses off the liberals, not the polyamory. I had been meaning to point out that the Republican presidential candidate front runners are adulterers but Steve Benen of Washington Monthly beat me to it in "Adulterers in Chief". I was wondering just how the 'values voters' were going to take to this and if they don't mind, will they ever forgive Hillary?

Benen writes:
Lurking just over the horizon are liabilities for three Republicans who have topped several national, independent polls for the GOP's favorite 2008 nominee: Sen. John McCain (affair, divorce), former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (affair, divorce, affair, divorce), and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (divorce, affair, nasty divorce). Together, they form the most maritally challenged crop of presidential hopefuls in American political history.
Both Guiliani and Gingrich have had affairs while in public office, Gingrich being the most hypocritical because he was cheating on his wife during his "Let Our Family Represent Your Family" congressional campaign in 1978. He divorced his first wife during her bout with uterine cancer. He has allegedly had quite a few mistresses and had a young one during the time he was lambasting Clinton for his affair.

Guiliani, as New Yorkers know asked his wife for a separation during a press conference and was seen in public quite often with his mistress including a parade. Guiliani, America's mayor didn't go around telling everyone how moral he was, however. He's not running for president, but NY's former senator, Al D'Amato who spent the better part of his last term in the senate investigating Bill Clinton's infidelities, doing nothing for his constituents, was granted a divorce because he fell in love with gossip columnist Claudia Cohen in 1995. New Yorkers are more concerned with gay rights and women's rights. I wonder how the rest of the country will view Guiliani's rather liberal views?

Steve Benen wonders if these GOP front runners with adulterous pasts will face the music from the press, Democrats, or stragglers in the race for the GOP nomination who are "faithful" husbands. He wonders how the press will be beaten into reporting the news and if they do report it how will the right fight back? By saying it's just old news? Just how mad will the Democrats be? How about actually sincere Republicans who because of religious beliefs stay in their marriages until death do them part even if they are miserable? That could be a force to be reckoned with.

It's still pretty early to tell, but if the right keeps touting their values, someone is going to bring this up in the mainstream media. No?

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