Monday, June 22, 2009

New Rules: No Glad-Handing Right-Wing Hypocrites

Bill Maher's show on Friday had more highs than lows (his "New Rules" segment, embedded below, is worth taking in) but I want to call out one particular low: the curious glad-handing of Nevada Senator John Ensign, the most recent avatar of shameless moral hypocrisy originating from the Christian right.

Both Maher and guest Paul Begala were much too quick to grant Ensign the privilege he has so loudly denied others, namely a private life neatly cordoned off from his public conduct. Whereas Ensign voted to impeach President Clinton for his private misconduct; he was eager to run Larry Craig from office for his private conduct; he touts himself as a defender of "traditional marriage" and "traditional values."

No, no, no. A thousand times no! Politicians of this ilk, who stake so much of their politics on the sexual morality of others, invite the highest standards and the most detailed scrutiny of their own conduct.

Senator Ensign merits the unsparing demand that he follow his own standards and leave office forthwith. Ensign must go. End of discussion.


Anonymous said...

Why do you hate Nevada? - bfd

Dale said...

Uh, I don't, really, but if I did hate Nevada, it would be because (a) it sucks, being little more than a gathering place for tourist-gamblers and Mormons, and (b) as we speak (to to speak) it's probably the site where Oceans 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, and 22 are being filmed, and as such, it should be humanely destroyed forthwith.