Friday, July 13, 2007

Beyond Glass Houses

E.J. Dionne argues for returning to an age in which the wall between church and state mirrored one between the pubic and the private. His jumping off point is the problems Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana faced this week when his phone number appeared on the client list of "the D.C. Madam."
... a big part of me is rooting for Vitter to survive because I so want to return to a time when we -- that "we" includes the media -- chose to pay little attention to the extracurricular sexual activities of our politicians. The magnitude of our public problems does not afford us the luxury of indulging in crusades about politicians' private lives, even those involving a high degree of hypocrisy.

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In turn, the rest of us might agree to keep the public conversation focused on the larger questions -- how to proceed in Iraq, how to fix the health-care system -- about which elected officials can actually do something. As voters, wouldn't we forgive a politician many private sins if he or she handled those two issues successfully?

Typically, we make fun of public figures who seek our sympathy by admitting to "sin." But maybe a politician who admits to sin gains a certain degree of humility in the process. Let's grant Vitter our collective absolution and move on.
Nothing to see here, folks. Bigger fish to fry elsewhere. Move along.

Keep your powder dry.

1 comment:

Philnc said...

I would agree with you except these same politicians live a vote a double standard.

Take Republican Rep. Bob Allen of Florida(Please, he's not my type).... Rep. Allen cosponsored HB269 in March, the Lewdness and Indecent Exposure Bill, with enhanced penalities for "offenses involving unnatural and lascivious acts or exposure or exhibition of sexual organs committed within specified distance of certain locations." On Thursday, 7/12/07, our "families value Republican" was arrested and charged with peddling for oral sex from an undercover officer.

I'm not going to cut these hypocrites any slack, whether it's homo or hetero activity that they have said is a sin. These hypocrites voted for laws to back it up so let them wallow in their righteousness.