Hypocritical Much? Part Ten

Wow, double digits.  I probably could have reached this level sooner if I could possibly keep up with all of the hypocrisy, especially in Washington, but I can’t.  But today’s winner was almost too good to pass up.

If you are former Senator Pete Domenici of New Mexico, and you were afforded the opportunity to vote on Articles of Impeachment for a sitting President of the United States (Clinton) for having lied under oath about a consensual sexual relationship he had with an intern, would you at least have the common decency to ensure that you were faithful in your marriage?  I mean, wouldn’t it make sense for someone who wants to preserve “family values” to actually have some family values?  You would think so, but you would be wrong, at least if you think that Pete Domenici of New Mexico saw anything hypocritical about calling President Clinton out for cheating on his wife.  Apparently, however, Domenici subscribes to the “do as I say, not as I do” mantra that is becoming a hallmark of the Republican party.

As it turns out, Domenici had fathered a child with a woman who is not his wife.  And he did so more than a decade before President Clinton’s transgressions.  He cheated on his wife and fathered a son back in 1982, if my math is correct (his son is 30 years old, so unless he has already had his birthday this year, it stands to reason he was born in 1982; at the very least, Mr. Domenici had an affair in 1982).  But it gets even better than that.

The woman who he had an affair with was not just any woman in Washington or in his home state of New Mexico.  Nope, she is the daughter of another former Senator, Paul Lexalt of Nevada.  It is a safe assumption that Mr. Lexalt was unaware that his grandson was fathered by a colleague of his.

I find it both funny and hypocritical that so many Republican lawmakers espouse being for “family values,” yet cheat on their spouses (not that it makes their infidelity acceptable, but it is rare that you hear a Democratic lawmaker screaming about “family values”); Republicans rail against homosexuality, yet get busted in an airport restroom for trying to solicit a homosexual encounter (Larry Craig of Idaho), or have a daughter who is a lesbian (Dick Cheney); Republicans tend to vigorously fight against a woman’s right to choose, yet send their wives and daughters for abortions when necessary (Rick Santorum) (Santorum claims that his wife did not have an abortion, she had an “induced miscarriage” due to becoming severely ill while pregnant in 1996.  Santorum is staunchly anti-abortion, even when the life of the mother is in danger.  Unless the mother happens to be his wife, apparently.).

 

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