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The Moralistic Hypocrisy of the GOP: That Was Then, This is Now

As you consider the reactions of various Republican elected officials to the recent sex scandals involving their own — e.g. Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) and Gov. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) — I think it’s helpful to looks and see what these same Republicans said when Democrats couldn’t keep their pants zipped.

The easiest place to find examples of the moralistic hypocrisy that’s plagued the Republican Party in recent years is the Clinton impeachment matter. Check out the impeachment votes of the  House Judiciary Committee, the full House vote and the two Senate votes as well as the comments made about President Clinton’s behavior.

I particularly think it’s interesting to note that both Ensign and Sanford voted to impeach President Clinton, yet both are insisting that they remain in office following their own sexual indiscretions.

This makes me their political beliefs are inspired by the great political philosopher Micky Dolenz.

(As an aside, why is that our nation’s female pols don’t cheat nearly as much as their male counterparts?)

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The Macker’s Biggest Backer

Though I joked with you on April Fool’s Day that former President Bill Clinton was endorsing Creigh Deeds over Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran in Virginia’s governor’s race, this week, the McAuliffe campaign made it official. The former president will appear at a series of rallies across the state for the ultimate FOB (Friend of Bill), McAuliffe.

In October, the President appeared at several rallies for then-Sen. Barack Obama after Obama won the presidential nomination. Leading up to those rallies, the Washington Post had a very compelling analysis of the value of a Clinton endorsement in Virginia. I urge you to re-read it as you gauge the value of the latest Clinton rallies.

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Would you like irony with your tea? One lump or 2?

Today I paid my taxes. (I’m old fashioned — I still believe in that.)

I like that through our government we fund highways, law enforcement, firefighters, teachers, parks, the arts, care for the elderly, the poor, programs for kids — see Head Start, heating oil for the poor, veterans benefits, school lunches and breakfasts for poor kids, the military — especially snipers that kill pirates, Social Security, student loans, farm loans, home loans, entities which regulate drugs, food, financial services, banks, insurance — we need more of that, not less, scientific research, housing for the homeless and poor, among other things.

As Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “I like to pay taxes. With them I buy civilization.” Continue reading

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Bill Clinton to Endorse in Virginia Governor’s Race

Last night I learned that Former President Bill Clinton has decided to endorse in the Virginia Governor’s race.

But he’s not endorsing who you expect. According to sources close to Clintons, the former president will endorse State Sen. Creigh Deeds in the Democratic primary, citing Deeds’s middle of the road politics and appeal to centrist Democrats and independents.

The former President will announce his endorsement of  Sen. Deeds at a press conference Saturday with the Senator and his family at Monticello, the home of  Thomas Jefferson near Charlottesville, Va. Continue reading

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Virginia Democrats Celebrate and Bicker

Last night, Democrats gathered in Richmond for the Democratic Party of Virginia’s annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. Usually these types of gatherings are not my thing. But I may have missed out by skipping this year’s dinner. There was celebration that the Commonwealth gave its electoral college votes to a Democrat for the first time in 40 years, but there was bickering among the candidates to replace Gov. Tim Kaine, who is term limited.

Former President Bill Clinton keynoted the evening and apparently kept his promise not to publicly mention Terry McAuliffe, despite the fact that he endorsed McAuliffe candidacy for Governor at a New York City fundraiser earlier in the month. According to news reports, the Macker and fellow Gubernatorial candidates Brian Moran and Creigh Deeds threw a few elbows. That’s to be expected I guess, but I am not sure how it helps us in November. Continue reading

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Bill Clinton to Speak at Virginia’s Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner

The Washington Post is reporting that Bill Clinton is headlining the Feb. 7 Jefferson-Jackson Day fundraising dinner in Richmond for the Democratic Party of Virginia. No doubt the former president and spouse of our newly minted Secretary of State will rake in the bucks for the state party, but it makes me wonder how this will play with Terry McAuliffe running for governor. After all, the Macker was Clinton’s money man. No doubt it will be some interesting theatrics on stage that night, although the Post says that Clinton has been asked not to speak about the governor’s race.

Uh huh.

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Bill Clinton Must End His Speaking Fees

I am trying to imagine the conversation between the former President and our next Secretary of State over this headline in the New York Times: “Bill Clinton Speech in Malaysia Irks Investors”. Or better, what is the next President of the U.S. saying to his Secretary of State-in-waiting?

Here’s the truth: Bill Clinton needs to shut up and stop taking speaking fees for the next four years. Continue reading

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