10/04/2008 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Republican Hypocrisy is Enough to Make You Sick


It's Republicans Gone Wild! They're ranting non-stop about everything from Barack Obama's "bastard childhood" to Bill Clinton's blow jobs in a desperate effort to prove that Democrats are a great big dysfunctional family too. Then they incessantly whine that liberals accept this behavior from their own, but not from Republicans. Well, I'd like to explain to our conservative friends why those of us on the left pounce on scandals like Gov. Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol's pregnancy.

Let me make it simple: hypocrisy. No Democrat would be foolish enough to state that liberals are perfect, or that we're scandal-free. Sinners come in both blue and red. The difference is, Democrats don't sanctimoniously lecture everyone else from the bully pulpit about ethics. About what's moral. About what constitutes "acceptable" family values. About how to live your life. About right and wrong. Good vs. evil. That's what Republicans do. It's conservatives who want to tell us all how to live, who to marry, who to sleep with, what to do with our bodies, when to let a sick loved one die. But time and time again, they are proven to be living a lie. Creating a double-standard. They're all about "Do as I say, not as I do". They often live in the biggest glass house, yet throw the largest stones. So when they fall, when they sin, when they are exposed as the hypocrites they are, we rejoice. Because that's what they deserve.

Bill Clinton may have hugely sinned, but he never preached morality to anyone else. Barack Obama may be the child of a broken home, but he at least had the class this week to encourage voters, both Democrats and Republicans -- as he reminded them that his own mother was just 18 when she gave birth to him -- to let the Palin family's private matter remain just that: private. That's a helluva lot more than what he or vice presidential nominee Sen. Joe Biden would be getting from the right if the situation were reversed.

And while we're on the subject of hypocrisy, ya gotta love how McCain, Palin, the GOP and all the Conservative spinners out there are whining about how Bristol's pregnancy is a Palin family personal matter, and that the Democrats and the press should leave her and her boyfriend, Levi Johnston, out of the debate and allow them their privacy. Yet, guess who the McCain/Palin campaign trumps out onto the tarmac Wednesday, in some twisted family-values photo-op, to greet McCain's plane as he lands in Minneapolis for the RNC convention? Bristol and Levi. So please, don't lecture us anymore about their privacy. The fact that McCain is surprisingly exploiting this Sin City mess as if it's something to be proud of, and Palin's gleefully going along for the ride, means it's open season on them and the whole affair. Grandpa John and Grandma Sarah can't have it both ways.