10/3/16

Incoherence and irrelevance

Continuing on the Twitter/social media thread ... we have this one, on Rudy Guiliani's recent comments:

The hypocrisy of Rudy Giuliani

 Rudy Giuliani lobbied for his share of the spotlight with a number of wild declarations, questionable not only for their veracity but for how they actually might serve to strengthen his candidate's appeal. Among them: Hillary Clinton only "pretends to be a feminist." Also: Trump is a "genius" for managing to avoid to pay taxes for nearly two decades. Oh, and that "everybody" engages in extramarital affairs.

The Republican Party has operated for centuries on a platform of "family values," of which adultery is not generally a part. (Safe to say, neither is tax fraud.) It's curious that Giuliani would seek to position himself as a GOP supporter while rebuking one of its primary—if often ignored—tenets. Especially given that he's been guilty of adultery himself.

That was mind-boggling.

So much for the GOP's highly vaunted 'family values.'

But it gets better, if only because it gets even more incoherent:

After "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd wondered if Giuliani was "the right person" to raise the topic of infidelity, given Giuliani's own extramarital affairs, the former mayor revealed that, well, adultery wasn't so uncommon after all. "Everybody does," he said. "You know, I'm a Roman Catholic and I confess those things to my priest."

So which is it: Adultery makes you unfit to lead or not? (Don't expect an answer to that question. At least not from Giuliani.)

Infidelity and adultery are apparently OK if you are Donald Trump or Rudy Giuliani - or presumably any GOP politician - but not if your name is Bill Clinton - or presumably any Democrat politician.

I don't know many people who cheat on their spouses. In fact, at the moment, I don't know anyone who does.

But one of the GOP's leading political leaders, one of Trump's leading advisers, believes 'everyone' does it.

How does that set here in Otero County?