Unfortunately, the most bipartisan thing happening in Washington these days is hypocrisy. It continues to run rampant on both sides of the aisle.
Evidence of this sad fact began this week with President Obama hosting an Equal Pay Day event designed to further the Democrats’ “War on Women” election theme.
Ignoring the fact that the Obama administration continues to pay women on the White House staff less than their male counterparts, Obama castigated Republicans for opposing the Paycheck Fairness Act being brought to the floor for the third time.
Adding to the surreal nature of the day, the White House communication staff put on a full court press against the first row of the White House press corps consisting of all men but for one lone woman. The fact that White House Press Secretary Jay Carney is (at least as far as we can tell) a man made that whole line of discussion look patently ridiculous. At the end of the day, the public at large was left to scratch their heads and ask, “Is the moral of this story that actions are outweighed by good intentions?”
President Obama wasn’t the only one dealing with the thorny issue of hypocrisy in this regard. Senator Dick Durbin also blasted Republicans all day only to be called out in the media for likewise paying his female staff less.
If this sort of thing was reserved solely to Democrats, the GOP could really have a field day with these facts. Sadly, that’s not the case. At the same time President Obama and Senator Durbin were smoked out as failures in “do as I say not as I do” behavior out comes the hidden video of Louisiana Republican Vance McAllister canoodling with a married staffer in his Monroe district office.
It would be one thing if the married with five children congressman had run on the “I’m a philanderer—deal with it” platform. Then everyone could decide for themselves if they thought he could do an effective job as a congressman despite being a slimy cheating husband in his personal life.
Unfortunately, that’s not how McAllister chose to run his campaign. No, he campaigned observing that values “of faith, family and hard work as sorely missing in Washington.” While voters electing him may have thought that he said this because he intended to fix this problem, evidently what he really meant was that by electing him voters could see for themselves with their own two eyes (via You Tube) the truth of this statement.
An interview with the husband of McAllister’s paramour makes clearer exactly the nature of the first McAllister campaign. This justifiably angry gentleman describes how he once asked McAllister during his campaign, “When did you get religious?” and McAllister replying, “When I needed votes.”
Personally, I don’t care if you’re Republican or Democrat when it comes to being a hypocrite. Once the electorate can see your true colors and has the opportunity to do anything about it (on Election Day), your days in public office should end.