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Foley & Fair

Why am I continuously drawn to the Anderson Cooper 360 blog? Well, his face in the header graphic probably has a little something to do with it. I am a sucker for a pretty face, sometimes. And that’s a face I could forgive almost anything. But there are some things I’m not gong to buy from even the prettiest face. Like Gary Tuchman’s post about the race in Florida’s 22nd congressional district, adjacent to the district Foley represented until just recently, and asking if it’s fair that the Foley scandal has become an issue for other Republicans.

In the meantime, do you think it’s fair that the Foley situation has become an issue in this and other districts that he didn’t even represent?

Fair? Please. Don’t even talk to me about fairness in the same context as Republicans and anything gay-related. Next you’ll be telling me that it isn’t fair that closeted gay Republicans who’ve been supporting and empowering a party so dedicated to discriminating against gays that they’ve written it in to their platform might be exposed as hypocrites who’ve kept their mouths shut for the same of political power while supporting policies that have very real consequences for every day gay & lesbian Americans and their families. Next you’ll be telling me to be fair to them for supporting a party that isn’t anywhere near fair to the rest of us. That’s just another version of the notion that the tolerance of intolerance is the new tolerance.

Sorry. Not buying any today.

And as for why it’s totally fair to make the Foley scandal an issue for every Republican running for re-election this year, need I remind you that these are the people who — along with their evangelical right wing base — presented themselves as the moral betters of most of the rest of us? But I can’t break it down any better than Baratunde did.

I agree that members of all political parties are capable (and have demonstrated) immoral behavior.

I agree that the description of the group could use some slight editing.

But here’s a point YOU’VE missed.

It’s the Republican party that has wrapped itself in the flag and bible over the past 20-30 years, declaring itself to be morally superior and pure.

It’s the Republican party that lay in bed with those who deign to know the heart and mind of Jesus himself in present-day political battles.

It’s the Republican party that paints Democrats as bereft of a moral foundation, utterly wayward and untrustworthy.

It’s the Republican party that actually led a movement to IMPEACH a president because he had oral sex with a consenting adult.

When you present yourself as perfect, you are asking to be brought down by your inevitable imperfections. The Republicans made morality a partisan issue, and now they are getting what they deserve.

The chickens are most certainly coming home to roost.

The chickens are indeed coming home to roost. Let the chicken shit fall where it may; on the just and unjust, but mostly on the unjust.

Or to put it the way Andrew Sullivan put it, with another animal reference, they rode this tiger. Now it’s dinner time.

Or we can put a finer point on it, from this Salon article. [Via Maryland Politics Watch.]

That former staffer believes the party must now reassess just how far it’s willing to go to please its base.

“Most Christian conservative groups are looking for ideological purity,” he explains. “You build a political party by expanding it, not by contracting it, and [Republicans’] continued appeals to conservative Christians and that element of the party are only going to last and only going to work for so long.

“Ultimately you’re going to push so many people away that that’s all you have left, a theocratic party. And if I sound like I’m being pretty critical of the Republican Party, I am, because it’s something that they’re going to have to realize. They’re going to be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century one way or another.”

Which reminds me of something I wrote a while back, concerning closeted gay Republicans (which I can’t find anymore). If you choose to bed down in a lion’s den, you can expect to be devoured eventually. The longer you stay, the more you can expect it. And you can’t really get mad at someone else for waking them up. That was inevitable too. Besides, you’ve already supplied the red meat.

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