Fernandez: Down the Up Staircase

Chris Matthews argues that the biggest problem that Anthony Weiner presents is he’s a hard sell to narrow minded voters. “If [Weiner] stays, [Democrats] never get the leadership [in the House] back. They never get the speakership back. Because the people in the rural areas of this country who are Christian, conservative, culturally – you can say ‘backward’ if you want – they don’t like this stuff.” But should they?  The pundit “Zombie” argues that anyone who espouses principles is open to the charge of hypocrisy by failing to live up to them. Principles are a handicap. The best course is not to have any principles at all. Then you can be courageously honest.

The question of honesty has assumed a little more relevance with news reports that Weiner sent 5 private Twitter messages to a 17 year old girl. The New York Times quoted a Weiner spokeswoman Risa Heller as saying that “according to Congressman Weiner, his communications with this person were neither explicit nor indecent”. Not that anyone should ask. Feminist Amanda Marcotte said that the worst thing about the scandal wasn’t any of Weiner’s acts. It was taking notice of them. The real crime was “the total obliteration of sexual privacy by ideologues Like Andrew Breitbart”.


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  • http://www.jacksnewswatch.com fernstalbert

    Sorry – should have spent a little more time proof reading – “I am beginning to think there is something insidious in the water.” Fern.

  • http://www.jacksnewswatch.com fernstalbert

    In any other world, The Weiner would be considered a sad, middle aged child, who doesn’t know how to talk to women. The women in my family think he is a stinker – if not a stalker. So, there you go, small-minded and provincial. You can keep your kinky NYC sexting in the Boroughs. I am beginning think there is something insidious in the water. Cheers.

  • Fay

    Well said Nomdeblog!

  • nomdeblog

    “A society without hypocrisy is a society without standards.”

    Our MSM and academia are moral relativists, good behaviour or bad behaviour doesn’t matter; all that matters is that those knuckle dragging conservatives take a position and sometimes they act badly on it and that makes them a hypocrite. But there is no morality for a progressive to get caught up in because they are above that…they are a force for good for all mankind. Therefore with no moral positions they can never be hypocrites, only conservatives can be hypocrites.

    It’s amazing how simple this trap is but has gone unnoticed until now. Conservatives are constantly being called hypocrites by progressives…because progressives stand for nothing; they are exempted from the sin of hypocrisy.

    The same is true on Foreign Policy. Here at home the Liberals have been the “honest brokers”, Denise Coderre marches with Hezbollah while Iggy courted Israel…they are on all sides of the issue, totally hedged. For Liberals, there is no right or wrong side of an issue, all is deferred to the UN which is also on all sides of an issue.

    But it is easy to find opportunities to discredit those conservative folks who have standards but are sometimes inconsistent. That gives the MSM a “gotcha” opportunity to call them hypocrites. But progressives have no standards, they are humanists, cultural and moral relativists …it is almost impossible to catch them being inconsistent on a standard because they have no standards. The only standards they have are those that they hold conservatives to.

    Having said all that, thankfully there are exceptions and some progressives do have standards and one is Kirsten Powers who appears regularly on the fair and balanced FOX. Like Juan Williams you might not agree with her but her pov is always well thought out. She got taken in by Weiner and got mugged by reality, here’s her comment: