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  •  Don't be mad at Young. Be mad at (22+ / 0-)

    the "media" who covered all this up for 16 terms.  WTF?

    Listening to the NRA on school safety is like listening to the tobacco companies on cigarette safety. (h/t nightsweat)

    by PsychoSavannah on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 04:18:11 AM PST

    •  I think I'll be mad at both. (28+ / 0-)

      But it is true that being mad at the media and letting them know about it would more useful.

      Cats are better than therapy, and I'm a therapist.

      by Smoh on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 04:49:20 AM PST

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    •  Absolutely right. Young was revered in this area.. (12+ / 0-)

      ...because he consistently brought home the bacon.  A huge number of local infrastructure projects literally bear his name because he brought home the $100s of millions to pay for them, as well as kept defense contracts in the area.

      Yet he always adhered to the GOP line, whether it was impeaching Clinton, or always voting "No!" against Obama. He was an arch-Republican representing a swing area.  He never held a legitimate "town hall" meeting for at least 20 years.  

      Even though he poorly represented the public policy interests of his constituents, the local media forever fawned over him and helped keep him in office.

    •  must be different arrangements (5+ / 0-)

      Here in Minnesota, former Sen. Norm Coleman's extramarital activities are an open secret...but they still never seem to make it into the papers. I think that's why you never really saw him jump on the family values bandwagon.

      My theory is that he had an implicit understanding with the local media: don't be too big of a hypocrite, and your activities won't make the news. They would never run the story on its own because it would just look like a hit piece. If Norm were to ever provide enough justification however, I think the story was already in the can. Norm held up his end of the deal.

      Bill Young seems to have had quite the nice arrangement; be a raging hypocrite and no one says anything about it.

      Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. - Groucho Marx

      by Joe Bob on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 09:49:28 AM PST

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      •  It's always the hypocrite angle that kills them (5+ / 0-)

        It's why they jumped all over Sanford with his affair, not just because of how juicy it was, but because this supposed champion of frugality and reduced government spending blew taxpayer funds to run around with his mistress. It's also what humiliated all those "family values" Republicans like Gingrich who were yelling for Clinton to be impeached for a blowjob while fucking everything short of farm animals on the side.

        My view, extramaritial affairs are not news for a politician unless (a) there's something illegal involved or (b) the hypocrisy angle is involved. Unfortunately for Republicans, their versions of this kind of scandal usually involve one or both of these and often in very humiliating ways (like Ensign having his parents pay off hush money to keep his mistress quiet).

    •  Yet when John Edwards was being investigated (3+ / 0-)
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      by the media, including the National Enquirer, there were all kinds of calls on this site that the charges were ridiculous and that a rag like the Enquirer should never be quoted here.  As we found out, the John Edwards story was more than true and he paid the price because people here felt betrayed by his behavior.  

      The reason that these Republicans do not pay the price for these same types of disclosures is that Republicans live in a world dominated by white male privilege.  That culture of white male privilege gives a wink and a nod to all sorts of extracurricular activity, and it all goes away.  The same applies to these big time college football players who rape women, an "investigation" ensues, and then it all goes away because a big bowl game or a Heisman Trophy hangs in the balance, and really, what is more important, a big game and football career, or some minor pesky rape charge.  

      The connection with religion comes because those religions that are the most hypocritically concerned with "family values" are those most controlled and dominated by the culture of male white privilege.  Catholicism, all of the Southern evangelical Protestant religions, the ultra Orthodox Jewish tradition, and certain Muslim traditions come to mind immediately.  Yet you rarely hear these abusive behaviors within the context of the Episcopalians, Quakers, Unitarians, and other more liberal Protestant traditions where women are accorded full participation within the church organization and hold major decision-making positions within the church hierarchy.  

      The only deviation from these "family values" that is not permitted within the Republican/conservative mindset is when "teh gay" is involved.  Look at how fast Larry Craig was dropped.  Look at how fast Ted Haggard became a non-entity within his religious platform.  "Teh gay" is the one unforgivable sin in that world.  

      And it feels like I'm livin'in the wasteland of the free ~ Iris DeMent, 1996

      by MrJersey on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 10:40:22 AM PST

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