Not that we’re surprised; right-wingers are notorious opportunists, who will sell their souls — and sell out their empty “principles” — for ambition’s sake.
Writes Michelangelo Signorile:
What the hell happened? According to Brian Miller, a Libertarian Party member and a member of Outright Libertarians, an LGBT group, Barr was told he wouldn’t get the nomination unless he changed his position on DOMA. Outright Libertarians led the charge with the leadership to pressure Barr; Miller is a listener to my show and heard me comparing audio clips showing Barr’s turnaround, and called in last week to explain what happened behind the scenes at the convention.
Listen in to the clip below of Barr on my program. And then watch the vid-clip of him accepting the Libertarian nomination two days later to see the flip-flop for yourself. …
Video (and more) at the link.
Claims to fame: Former Florida rep; host of right-wing Fox talk show “Scarborough Country”; “conservative family values” proponent; divorcé
Why he’s here: Divorced wife in 1999. But that’s the least interesting thing about Joe Scarborough. We’re not accusing him of anything — just using a very strange and familiar-sounding story to illustrate the very real right-wing media bias that shields Scarborough and his friends from the type of scrutiny visited upon every Democrat from Bill Clinton on down.
Now, let’s play a game…
Fill in the blank #1: Gary Condit and
You probably said “Chandra Levy.” If you didn’t: Levy was an intern to California Rep. Gary Condit. One day, she disappeared. The media went crazy covering rumors of a romantic dalliance with Condit, and hinted wildly that Condit had killed her. He didn’t. But his career was destroyed. Condit, of course, is a Democrat.
Fill in the blank #2: Joe Scarborough and
Did you say “Lori Klausutis”? Probably not.
Just the facts: Scarborough got a divorce. Then he suddenly resigned from Congress, just six months after re-election. (Invoked old fallback excuse of wanting to “spend more time” with children.) Then he suddenly resigned as publisher of the Independent Florida Sun. Then, just as suddenly, Lori Klausutis, 28-year-old staffer to Scarborough, was found dead in Scarborough’s district office in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Date was July 20, 2001. Cause of death: Blow to the head. Conclusion: Heart condition caused her to collapse, fall, hit head on a desk, and die. Story barely a blip on the radar. Lots of people left with lots of questions.
Final questions: Was Lori Klausutis among Scarborough’s rumored dalliances? (Scarborough, noted the Pensacola News Journal in 2001, “was pursued by rumors over the cause of the divorce [and] a growing body of criticism that Scarborough’s personal life didn’t match the moralistic conservative stance he campaigned on”).
What does Joe know, if anything, about her death?
Conclusion: We’ll never find out.
Suggested Bible reading for Mr. Scarborough:
Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see.
— Isaiah 42:18
Claims to fame: Pro-”family values,” anti-gay Republican Token Negro, trotted out for photo ops to illustrate “tolerance” & “diversity” of GOP; illegitimate father
Fact #1: He’s an ordained Baptist minister.
Fact #2: He consistently earned a 100% approval rating from the Christian Coalition throughout his career.
Punch line: He fathered at least one out-of-wedlock child.
“Character is simply doing right when no one is looking.”
“A black man voting Republican is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders.”
— J.C. Watts, Sr., to his son
Where he is now: Disappeared for a while, then starting popping up on CNN as some sort of poltical “expert.”
Suggested Bible reading for Mr. Watts:
And Isaac his father said unto him, Who art thou? And he said, I am thy son, thy firstborn Esau.
— Genesis 27:32
Bonus Bible reading for Mr. Watts:
Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.
— Exodus 23:9
Claims to fame: Adulterer; hypocrite
Moral apex: Extramarital affair with Washington lobbyist led to divorce after 21 years of marriage (and four kids).
Kind consideration: When wife pleaded for reconciliation & marriage counseling, he said no thanks, and asked for divorce. Over the phone. (more…)
Claims to fame: Self-described “family-values conservative Christian”; anti-gay crusader; adulterer; divorcé
Moral apex: As part of divorce settlement, got his ex-wife to sign affidavit stating she was the one who had been “unfaithful.”
Head-shaker moment: Got engaged to former Miss America Tara Dawn Holland, who swore she was a virgin, saving herself for marriage (to Christensen, of course). (more…)
First published December 8, 2003
Claims to fame: Strong “family values” promoter; adulterer
Moral apex: With his success due in great part to support from the Christian Coalition, Bunn won his congressional seat, then immediately ditched his wife (and mother of his five children), married a staffer, and put his new wife on the state payroll for the unheard-of salary of $97,500. (more…)
First published December 8, 2003
Claims to fame: Adulterer; divorcé; hypocrite
The setup: A major opponent of choice, Barr publicly stated he would do everything in his power to stop a family member from having an abortion, even if the pregnancy were the result of rape.
The spike: Ex-wife Gail says then-hubby condoned the abortion of her third pregnancy — and paid for it.
Family values in action: For Thanksgiving, 1985, dumped cancer-victim Gail and abandoned the couple’s two young sons, for third wife Jeri. Swore he wasn’t having affair with Jeri before divorcing Gail; Gail says otherwise.
Punch line #1: Was chief sponsor of federal Defense of Marriage Act.
Hobbies: Was photographed licking whipped cream off breasts of strippers.
Punch line #2: Was first rep to call for impeachment of President Clinton.
“[The] principal House sponsor [of the federal anti-gay-marriage law, 'The Defense of Marriage Act'], Bob Barr of Georgia, his district office confirms, has been married three times — which raises the question of why the act doesn’t contain a three-strikes-and-you’re-out provision.”
— Frank Rich
New York Times
“Robert Barr who wrote the Act, definitely supports the notion of marriage. He’s been married three times. He must have confused ’till death do us part’ with ’till divorce do us part.’”
— Clinton Fein
“Marriage, Once” HERO Magazine
Suggested Bible reading for Mr. Barr:
And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts.
— Malachi 3:5
Helen Chenowith is dead — and was irresponsible to the end:
Former Congresswoman Chenowith-Hage
Dies in Nevada
… N-H-P Trooper Rocky Gonzalez says Chenoweth-Hage was holding the baby and wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. …
Claims to fame: Hypocrite; divorcée; adulterer; liar
Moral apex: Divorcée romped in the sheets for six years with very-much-married anti-government right-winger Vernon Ravenscroft. Then lied about it. Then lied about lying about it. But she says it’s all okay, because God’s forgiven her.
Punch line: This big-time (and big-haired) Clinton-hater ran an attack ad against her Democratic rival Dan Williams, who didn’t lie about his one-time marital infidelity (and got crucified for it).
“Our founding fathers knew that political leaders’ personal conduct must be held to the highest standards. President Clinton’s behavior has severely damaged his ability to lead our nation, and the free world. To restore honor in public office, and the trust of the American people, we must affirm that personal conduct does count, and integrity matters. Where do you stand, Dan?”
— Attack ad against Dan Williams
Suggested Bible reading for Ms. Chenoweth:
For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit. She also lieth in wait as for a prey, and increaseth the transgressors among men.
— Proverbs 23:27-28