Jonah Goldberg on liberal hypocrisy:
Weiner didn’t merely pull a boner, as it were. He didn’t merely leave pictures digitally lying around — pictures he took! — of his mini-me. He has admitted that there are a sufficient number of such pictures “out there in the world” that he couldn’t possibly be sure this isn’t one of them. Even better, he took several days to say all of this, and in a manner that only invited media scrutiny the way shouting “I think my forelock is broken” in gazelle attracts hyenas.
When sanctimonious bullies are caught — literally! — with their pants down, it seems downright un-American not to have some fun with it.
I’d leave it there, but what really sticks in my craw is that even if I am wrong, the last people in the world who have any right to suddenly claim that Weiner jokes are beyond the pale are the same tittering student-government dorks who’ve spent the last two years laughing endlessly over the phrase “tea bagger.”
If it’s a Republican sex scandal, the Republican almost always resigns almost immediately. Often that’s because Republicans have higher moral standards for this kind of thing. But it also has to do with the fact the media has exactly zero tolerance for Republican sexual “hypocrisy.”
Meanwhile, if you’re a Democrat and, say, your boyfriend runs a gay prostitution ring out of your apartment, well, that’s complicated. Of course, it’s not just the Franks and Weiners. Remember the “waitress sandwich”? That involves putting some poor woman between two slices of Irish stout named Ted Kennedy and Chris Dodd. That was complicated, too. I really wanted to keep going with the food-themed sex scandals but I petered out there. Regardless, the point is well-established: The Right, for good reasons and cynical ones, gets held to a higher standard.
Normally I wouldn’t except such a long passage but it’s dead on and was published in a “G-file” which is not readily available. (Go here to subscribe, ya lazy bag of bones)