Any Wonder Why Republicans Are Seen As Crazy Hypocrites?

by lewwaters

We all know there is a double standard when it comes to judging Republicans versus Democrats. Nowhere is this seen more than in what is labeled “family values,” where Republicans are portrayed as squeaky clean, Christian, upright and such, leaving them wide-open for the Saul Alinsky’s Rule 4: “Make opponents live up to their own book of rules. ‘You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity’.”

Democrats receive a pass for such indiscretions, as we saw with B.J. Clinton over the encounter with Monica Lewinsky, Barney Frank whose roommate at one time ran a homosexual prostitution ring out of their shared apartment and several others.

Republicans, on the other hand, are demanded and expected to be squeaky clean and any indiscretion from a Republican is immediate grounds for removal, as we saw with Florida’s Mark Foley and Idaho’s former Representative, Larry Craig.

The GOP is all too willing to comply with demands to oust even the most effective member of the party for any indiscretion or impropriety on their part.

Amy Biviano

Republicans using indiscretions to taint a Democrat opponent end all too often with the Republican being left with egg on their face, but that doesn’t stop them from trying and often making mountains out of molehills, losing sight of important issues while they focus on something from long ago that has no real bearing on today.

Such is the case now in Washington State 4th Legislative District race between incumbent Republican Matt Shea and his Democrat challenger, Amy Biviano.

Let me say here that I do not live or vote in the 4th District and if I did, my support would go the Matt Shea. But whoever is trying to trump up this issue against Ms. Biviano is hurting Shea more than they are her.

It seems news is out that 17 years ago, Ms. Biviano, when a 20 year-old student at Yale joined in with several other young ladies to be photographed topless for a Playboy Magazine “Women of the Ivy League” photo spread.

“Revealed” by right leaning Western Center for Journalism (photo on their site with strategic blacking out), not addressed by WCJ, as they point to her demands for Shea to reveal his past divorce and label her a hypocrite for not revealing her past, is just who at WCJ was digging through the very “soft porn” magazine they condemn others for reading?

Republicans tried a few years ago using far left liberal Playboy against aging Democrat Congressman John Conyers that did not gain any traction and went nowhere.

Biviano emailed her response on the revelation to the Pacific Northwest Islander admitting it was indeed her and adding that she would not do so today, outlining both the negative and positive results of her youthful college action.

Like others, she has matured, married and has a family and is a long time Liberal Democrat activist in a strongly conservative district.

Shea issued a statement condemning the use of the 17 year old spread, but disappointing to read in the very first sentence, “I am saddened by the release by a national media outlet of my opponent’s involvement in pornography.”

That comes across to me as an unnecessary slap included in his “condemnation.”

Matt Shea is clearly the better candidate to represent the Spokane District. Amy Biviano is not who we need sitting in the legislature. But not because she once revealed her boobs in a photo shoot long ago. She is not suited because of her leftwing views and support for leftist policies that led us down this path of economic ruin we remain mired in.

Whether anybody, Democrat or Republican once appeared in Playboy or even if they buy and read it today has no bearing on our economy.

Many weeks ago I was approached by a Democrat friend of mine (yes, even I have Democrat friends) and asked to look over some photos of the daughter of a Democrat candidate and give my opinion if they should be taken down as too revealing or hurting the candidates chances in the election.

I saw an attractive young lady wearing a bikini bathing suit who, like other young ladies, is proud of her feminine figure. I said to my friend then that I saw nothing untoward in the photos and if someone ran across them and tried to use it in the campaign I would speak against such a tactic.

I see little or no difference in this effort to use a 17 year old photo shoot against someone who is more likely to lose on issues.

If anything, this tactic is more likely to gain support for the Democrat Biviano as she now becomes the victim.

Republicans can win elections if they focus on issues and point out how the current Democrat majority has led the state into such an economic nightmare.

Ms. Biviona’s breasts have no affect on our economy today. Her liberal views do.

Let’s focus on what is important.

17 Comments to “Any Wonder Why Republicans Are Seen As Crazy Hypocrites?”

  1. Sarah Palin was criticized because she had been a beauty contest participant, while also being an evangelical Christian. While it is important to hold our leaders to a high standard of ethics, we have difficulty agreeing on exactly what that means. This is especially true when it comes to the human body, sexuality and modesty. And while a string bikini might be culturally acceptable attire for the beach, It may not be acceptable to all voters. Since being elected requires the votes of a great cross-section of people, a candidate needs to accept the fact that they need to be “all things to all people”, or at least be “all things” to the majority of the voters.

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  2. I like how Lew states it. He wants people to run on the issues of the community and state, not on a poor decision made when she was a young adult, when most are learning about the first leanings, options, opportunities and failed courses.

    If she had filed for bankruptcy, not gotten her college degree or simply, made some simple mistakes. How should that have any bearing on the election? If she or any politician of any gender, have probably made mistakes . It is how you correctly respond and take responsibility for them. Even if it takes decades to correct them instead of taking shortcuts in life is what you should be looking for in a candidate.

    I want to hear someone whom has ideas, real thoughts and opportunities to improve our community, state and nation. What I tire from a lot of political races is the extensible lies, political game playing, argument bending and blame shifting? Or some might call it “Teflon Don” technologies.

    I really have a lot of respect for people who stand up to take the hard stands in life of what they believe, are will to pay the price emotionally, mentally and at times, physically for them. But then again, how many people do you see and hear do that now?

    If Matt thinks this is a great way to take aim at his opponent, he’s more shallow than some of the Democrat Teflon Don’s I see up in Olympia. I care less about his anti-gay marriage issue or many of the what I call “conservative core values” he espouses. I remember his comment at the end of the vote that legalized gay marriages in the washington state senate, that he wouldn’t serve gay weddings through his family’s floral shop in the Spokane area because of their religious beliefs. That is his religious and family’s right to do I believe under the constitution?

    What bothers me on two counts that Biviano feels its ok to bring up the divorce from his first wife. Whether she likes it or not, I personally believe that dirt needs to stay buried between him and his wife. But for him, an associate or someone ELSE to drag up those photographs into a political campaign, especially in a conservative district is really, really LOW, below the belt.

    I believe both deserve a tongue lashing… Run on the issues guys and keep your family’s and personal opinions out of the race…

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  3. Sarah Palin was immediately attacked shamelessly by the Left because they realized she is very electable and very capable of kicking their miserable asses.the Left shamelessly attacks Mitt Romney for the same reasons.

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  4. Palin was and is criticized for her lack of intellect by those inside and outside the Republican Party. She is no longer a force in that party.

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  5. Palin isn’t the focus point here. She is used as an example of a candidate that had what some people considered conflicting background experiences. The point we are talking about is the standards and expectations to which we subject our political candidates. When it comes to getting votes, perception is everything.

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  6. Palin continues to show her electability.And Republicans who criticize Palin have shown themselves to be morons. Palin is still a force to reckon with the candididates she supports generally win, in case you hadn’t noticed..

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  7. That was a sleazy comment by Matt Shea. What a jerk! Pretending to be shocked and dismayed by the actions of the group that made the revelations, but still trying to profit from it by using the word “pornography”. The rest of his statement is good – he ruined it by using that word.

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  8. Shea’s underhanded slur and Jollota’s underhanded cheap shot are no different and is exactly what is wrong in the country.

    It’s the very crap both complain about then turn around and do.

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  9. Again, I will say that “perception is everything”. This is what political campaigns try to control, both of their own candidate and the opposing candidate. Lew is correct in saying that this is what is wrong with the country. Elections are not determined by the issues but rather the perception that the campaign is able to create. In fact, MOST voters never really delve into the issues.

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  10. And the “issues” are rotting the country from within while voters are titillated with tales of former marriages or 17 year old photo shoots, neither of which has any bearing on today.

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  11. Lew, once again you’ve almost made me think you might be a closet liberal.

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  12. Sorry Martin, but decency is not restricted to one side of the aisle, nor is sleaze.

    Read on because I also took darling of the local Democrats, Pat Jollota to task for her underhanded, sleazy cheap shots.

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  13. Exactly my point. But I don’t know how we can reverse this trend, or even if it is possible. Until both parties decide that truth is more important than spin, we will have all of these non-relevant personal issues deciding elections. It becomes a matter of voting because of EMOTION rather than KNOWLEDGE.

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  14. There is another point that Lew may choose to ignore, but I cannot, and it is this: When I was 20 years old (not 3 or 8, but 20 years on the planet, and old enough to vote, enter the military, or move away from home) I KNEW enough to keep my shirt on! It did not take deep thinking to know that stupid was stupid and vulgar was vulgar and cheap was cheap. And, that stripping in public was a problem that could follow me all of my life. Anyone who is at Yale at 20 years of age has already been in college for 2 or 3 years and has had a whole lot of “sophisticated” experiences. A 20 year old at Yale KNOWS that they are destined to be the future leaders of the country. HOW could she have been so incredibly dim-witted? HOW could she have been so committed to “stick it in the eye of society?” It is wonderfully liberal for Lew to forgive and forget (did your kids do something similar, or your wife?) but I would never forgive myself or my daughter for such a stunt. Sorry, but she deserves to lose because she is a Leftist, but ALSO because she was stupid at 20, so is probably still behind the curve.

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  15. Thus, you show yourself to be the epitome of the assholes within the Republican Party.

    Your points are as ridiculous as is your extremism, or false assumption that I am “liberal.”

    I don’t know how old you are, personally I don’t care either, you sound about 3, but society, for the worse in my estimation, has swung left and what was considered once to be “vulgar” is almost the norm.

    Not every Yale student runs the world, some future leaders actually may come from lesser known schools.

    Many people, caught up in the moment do things they later regret after the finish maturing or even change their views and move closer to a religion. Sadly, they often run into people like you in their church who look at the world through their own narrow view and never let go of someone elses past, holding themselves up as better than any who may have a different view.

    Not every 20 year old, regardless of where they may be receiving an education adheres to your life views.

    But what would I know. At 20 years old I was attending the little party thrown in Southeast Asia where bare boobs were the norm for women of the Montagnard indigenous people of the Central Highlands.

    Long ago there was a story written that it seems you are completely unaware of,

    John 8:1 but Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.

    2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.

    3 And the scribes and the Pharisees bring a woman taken in adultery; and having set her in the midst,

    4 they say unto him, Teacher, this woman hath been taken in adultery, in the very act.

    5 Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such: what then sayest thou of her?

    6 And this they said, trying him, that they might have whereof to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground.

    7 But when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

    8 And again he stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground.

    9 And they, when they heard it, went out one by one, beginning from the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the midst.

    10 And Jesus lifted up himself, and said unto her, Woman, where are they? did no man condemn thee?

    11 And she said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said, Neither do I condemn thee: go thy way; from henceforth sin no more.

    I highly doubt you are as perfect as you think.

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  16. I guess that is why everything that happens at the “Skull and Bones” club at Yale is never revealed but kept secret. A young person that doesn’t do some stupid things is pretty rare. However, I understand what you and Lew are saying. And as you just stated, she is a Leftist and we do not need that ideology promulgated in our government. We should strive to elect leaders of exemplary character and background. BUT, i have learned through my Faith that most people are redeemable and that their current behavior is not a reflection of their youth. The idea presented in the article reflects a certain degree of societal hypocrisy when you consider that the only perfect man that ever lived said “Let those without sin cast the first stone”.

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  17. That is why I said Shea can defeat her in the election on issues, not baring her boobs so many years ago.

    In the mindset of today’s voter, this hurts Shea and Republicans more than helps.

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