4/9/13

Mitch McConnell, Ashley Judd, and the vicious hypocrisy of the Christian Right


The Republican Party hasn't learned a thing.

Despite the New Republican Manifesto, it's the same old Republican garbage. They haven't learned a thing.

Mitch McConnell is throwing a hissy fit over a 'secret tape' recorded during a 'private' Republican strategy meeting.

An excerpt from the article:

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign has contacted the FBI after a recording of a private strategy meeting was published Tuesday in a liberal publication, claiming the campaign was the victim of "Watergate-style tactics" to bug the office.

and then we have:

"We've always said the Left would stop at nothing to attack Sen. McConnell, but Watergate-style tactics to bug campaign headquarters are above and beyond," Benton said in a statement Tuesday. "Obviously a recording device of some kind was placed in Senator McConnell's campaign office without consent. By whom and how that was accomplished presumably will be the subject of a criminal investigation."

 The Republicans are jumping to the conclusion that it was a Watergate-like burgle and planting of listening devices ... by the Democrats.

They are presuming that the office was bugged. By the Democrats.  But it could have simply been an 'operative' in the room, one of those 'aides', who taped it, and then sold it or gave it to Mother Jones. No one knows at this point.

But  here's the thing. While McConnell and his entourage are ranting away, with no proof at all, about the Democrats bugging the Republicans, spokesperson Benton says this:

"We've always said the Left would stop at nothing to attack Sen. McConnell ..."

Yet from the Mother Jones article, we have these snippets from the tape:

"She's clearly, this sounds extreme, but she is emotionally unbalanced. I mean it's been documented. Jesse can go in chapter and verse from her autobiography about, you know, she's suffered some suicidal tendencies. She was hospitalized for 42 days when she had a mental breakdown in the '90s," one strategist said. 

One aide also said Judd is "critical ... of traditional Christianity." 

"She sort of views it as sort of a vestige of patriarchy," the aide continued. "She says Christianity gives a God like a man, presented and discussed exclusively with male imagery, which legitimizes and seals male power, the intention to dominate even if that intention is nowhere visible."

"Nowhere visible?" Is he kidding? Judd's description of "traditional Christianity" is right on the money. All you have to do is Google the text string 'women in the christian church', with or without the quotes, and you will come up with such mainstream Christian thinking as is challenged in this:

Women in the Christian Church

The thought processes we see in the traditionalist view of women and the Christian churches are the same ones that cherry-pick verses from Leviticus to justify the worst kind of un-Christian hate-mongering.

But here's the thing ... as usual, the Republicans cannot separate religion from politics. Not only that, but they cannot separate their traditional, patriarchal view of religion from politics. And not only that, they can't even see that they how badly they are behaving. Would anyone like to bet that the Republicans wouldn't come back with "Well, the Democrats do it ...", as though that were justification for taking such cheap shots at Judd? So much for the moral high ground from the Party of Family Values. Or is it the Party of American Values? 

Worse ... they are in an uproar over the Democrats doing them dirt by bugging their office ... allegedly bugging their office, since there is not one shred of proof of that at this point ... while planning the worst sort of smear tactics against Judd. Is McConnell upset because someone leaked the content of the meeting? Or is he upset because he and his cronies are exposed for the vicious political animals that they really are, hiding behind a thin veneer of 'Christian' religion?

Can you not just feel the Christian love, from the Senate Minority leader and the Republican Party? Can you not just feel the political and moral righteousness?

So much for the New Republican Manifesto.