(ap) - (2) DemocRATS
Resign in a Month and the AP sees "DC" problem, not DemocRAT problem...
Analysis: Another sex scandal last
thing DC needs
By NANCY BENAC
Associated Press Jul 27, 3:10 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) � There's been risque
tickling. Raunchy twittering. Emailed photos. Stolen sex tapes. And more.
(ap) - It's funny, a 2nd DemocRAT in a month
Resigns because of Scandal, and the AP goes out of it's way to make it about
Washington in general, and not the Party that's been hit twice in a month with
Scandal... One Paragraph in and no Party Affiliation yet... Let's see how this
plays out, because I Assure you, that when it's been REPUBLICans in the past,
the AP leads in the Headline with Party Affiliation and then Repeats it in the
body of the Story and makes damned Certain that you know how bad this Hurts
the REPUBLICans, not DC... Let's go ahead and find out what the Spin is this
time, shall we... - tha malcontent)
Seems like sex scandals snagging Washington politicians are piling up faster
than the federal debt.
(Paragraph 2... Still about DC and Politicians in
general. - tha malcontent)
Now, in the latest episode of Washington's own unseemly take on "Sex and the
City," Rep. David Wu of Oregon is resigning in response to allegations by an
18-year-old woman that she had an "unwanted sexual encounter" with the
congressman, who is separated from his wife. Wu denied the charges.
(I can't quite tell which Party "Rep. David Wu" is
a member of... Why would the AP Neglect that in this Story?... - tha
Last month, it was Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., stepping down after admitting
he'd sent lewd photos of himself through Twitter, and lied about it.
(HEY!... There's a "D"... And of course NO "R"
would have been allowed to be as Absurdly Obstinate about the Obvious as
Weiner was allowed to be by the Deliberately Uninterested AP and it's Children
outside the Tabloid News... Weiner could very well be Charged with Crimes, and
you won't see mention of that here... Just sexy, sex, sex... - tha malcontent)
There have been two other scandal-related resignations from Congress this
year, both of them Republicans - a rare recent example of bipartisanship in
(BOOM!... A DemocRAT Resigns and the AP Story that
follows it inks "Republicans" before it inks "Democrats"... If it wasn't so
Disturbing, the Bias would be Entertaining... Sometimes I Think that the
Liberals in the "Free Press" Honestly Believe they aren't being Biased, when
they so clearly are. I Think it's in their Blood and they don't even Realize
what they are doing in a lot of these cases. - tha malcontent)
This stew of alleged philandering is the last thing Washington needs when
public opinion about elected officials already is "relentlessly negative," to
use the words of the Pew Research Center, and hostility toward government is
"It probably confirms people's worst suspicions about the political class,"
says Karlyn Bowman, a public opinion expert at the American Enterprise
Institute. "The public has long associated politics with corruption and
(It's about the "Political Class" when it's 2
DemocRATS in a row... Back when it was the REPUBLICans, it was "how will this
hurt the GOP next fall?"... - tha malcontent)
At least House leaders are honing their skills at nudging politicians out the
door when the whiff of sexual impropriety starts to swirl into a vortex.
One day after House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi requested an Ethics
Committee investigation into the allegations about Wu, the seven-term Democrat
pledged to resign once the debt-ceiling crisis was resolved.
(FINALLY!... "Democratic"... and then DemocRAT...
How many Paragraphs away from where people lost interest in this Story is this
now?... And of course it's to Paint Cruella Pelosi as doing the right thing,
like REPUBLICan Leaders don't do the same and more... Like Resigning after
posting a bare chested pic if you are a Man. - tha malcontent)
Oh, that. The debt crisis.
When talk of philandering plays out against the backdrop of the all-too-real
threat of a historic government default, it seems all the more tawdry.
"I'm convinced that if Bill Clinton had been messing around with Monica
Lewinsky during an acute economic downturn, things would've turned out very
differently," says Eric Dezenhall, a crisis management consultant.
Instead, the economy was booming, and Clinton managed to survive impeachment
and emerge in his post-presidential life as an elder statesman.
(Only because the "Free Press" REFUSES to go after
it's own... Remember, Newsweak attempted to Hide the Monica Story it had and
Drudge made his name breaking it... After that, the Sexual Abuse of an Unpaid
Intern his Daughter's Age while he Discussed Troop Deployment in Bosnia with a
US Congressman, the Subsequent Felony Perjury and Coverup, were all Dismissed
as the President's "Private Sex Life" that the GOP was Obsessed with... But I
Digress. - tha malcontent)
While public officials aren't necessarily more likely to cheat than other
Americans, politicians often take "10 times longer than the rest of us to
figure out that they've got a problem," says Dezenhall. He attributes that to
"some sort of megalomania combined with an impulse control problem combined
Think Anthony Weiner. He spent 10 days denying he'd sent improper tweets and
another 10 clinging to his job after he acknowledged he'd done it after all.
(Something the "Free Press" would NOT Afford a
REPUBLICan. I Documented the AP's Disinterest in that Story until it was too
Absurd to Ignore it any longer. - tha malcontent)
"You're dealing with personalities that believe they are destined to live
larger lives than the rest of us," Dezenhall says. "Anything you do in pursuit
of that goal is rationalized as a destiny that smaller minds wouldn't
Think John Edwards. The former senator and Democratic presidential candidate
completed the sex, lies and videotape trifecta by cheating on his
cancer-stricken wife while offering himself on the campaign trail as a devoted
family man. Now he's facing charges of misusing campaign dollars to cover up
the affair, and there's another lawsuit over a purported sex tape he made with
(Something I am Certain the AP could have
Destroyed Edwards with back then, but since they were Possibly going to Vote
for him... Forget it. - tha malcontent)
"I started to believe that I was special and became increasingly egocentric
and narcissistic," Edwards said in 2008 when he acknowledged the affair - at
that point still lying about the fact that he had fathered a child with the
Think former Rep. Christopher Lee. The New York Republican resigned earlier
this year after a gossip website reported that he had sent a shirtless photo
of himself to a woman he met on Craigslist. No inner voice talked the married
congressman out of that bad idea.
(Seriously... Read that again and see what takes a
REPUBLICan down Compared with the Previous Examples of DemocRATS. - tha
Think Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev. He admitted in June 2009 that he'd had an
extramarital affair with a former member of his campaign staff. He didn't
resign until this May, in the midst of a Senate Ethics Committee investigation
that was looking into steps that he took to cover up the affair.
(Won't end in Criminal Charges like Edwards, but
that doesn't matter... - tha malcontent)
"I was blind to how arrogant and self-centered that I had become," Ensign said
in his farewell speech.
Then there's Rep. Eric Massa, D-N.Y. He resigned in 2010 after employees
accused him of groping and propositioning male staff members. The congressman
acknowledged that he had groped one - but described it as tickling, not sexual
(That's the 3rd DemocRAT in this Story with
Arguably Criminal Behavior going on... Imagine if Massa had an "R" behind his
name... Yep, it would be like the Page Scandal that Assisted the DemocRATS in
the Takeover of the Congress in 2006... You forgot about that Florida (r)epublican?...
Yeah, NEVER Charged with anything and didn't Arguably do anything Wrong
either, but hey... It got the AP's Party back in Power, so... - tha
In general, Americans appear to be growing less tolerant of extramarital sex:
In the early 1970s, about 70 percent of Americans said extramarital sex was
always wrong. In recent years, the figure has risen to about 80 percent,
according to the National Opinion Research Center at the University of
(Damn... The Country is Moving Conservative?... -
That's not to say Americans think they're any better behaved than their
In a June survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted after the Weiner case
exploded in the news, 57 percent of Americans said they thought politicians
"just get caught more often because they're under greater scrutiny." Just 19
percent said elected officials have "lower moral standards than ordinary
Not that that should make anyone feel better.
(Probably not, but I am Certain your Party
Appreciates this Wire Story, AP... Excellent Work Deflating, Dismissing and
Spreading the Scandal around to Old Dead Scandals of the other Party... Hope
you can do this for the next REPUBLICan... Bet you won't though. - tha
Pew poll on political sex scandals:
Most Say Political Sex Scandals Due to Greater Scrutiny, Not Lower Morality |
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press
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