Thoreau famously said “a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds.” Most folks, though, overlook the essential “foolish” qualifier.
With that in mind, I am trying to reconcile a few things in my head:
- The Democrats say that we need the courage to talk to everyone, even those with whom we disagree, but refuse to allow Fox News to co-sponsor their debates. (Considering how professionally Fox has handled the Republican debates so far, compared with CNN’s pathetic work at Sunday’s Democratic debate, this is even more puzzling.)
- Under the old rules, accusations of misconduct (Mark Foley) or an indictment (Tom DeLay) were considered adequate grounds for demands for resignation. But under the new rules of The Most Ethical Congress in History, the same does not seem to apply to Dianne Feinstein or William Jefferson
- Also, The Most Ethical Congress In History is apparently attempting to rehabilitate corrupt scumbags by giving them positions of power and authority, in hopes it will dissuade them from further corruption. At least that seems to be behind the status of Dianne Feinstein, John “Abscam” Murtha, Alcee “impeached and convicted” Hastings, and William Jefferson (nominated for the Homeland Security committee by the Democrats, blocked only by outraged Republicans).
- Scooter Libby is a traitor and deserves even more than the 2.5 years in jail he’s been sentenced to for misremembering conversations with journalists (whose own memories were proven equally shoddy), but Sandy Berger can steal and destroy vital documents relating to 9/11 without serving a day in jail, and Bill Clinton can lie under oath to save his own ass just because “it was only about sex.”
- And why isn’t Richard Armitage in jail, too, for that matter? He’s the one who leaked Plame’s identity in the first place.
- “Choice” is good when it comes to reproductive freedom or sexual orientation, but bad when it comes to education, self-defense, health insurance (whether or not to have it), motor vehicles, or seat belts.
Somewhere, there has to be a Grand Unified Theory that reconciles all these apparently contradictory notions that seem to sum up the Democratic platform, but I don’t see any political Hawkings out there working on the question.