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Kaine: “Lying is unforgivable;” Weiner Should Resign

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According to Tim Kaine, Rep. Anthony Weiner should resign, as “Lying publicly about something like this is unforgivable.” That’s fine with me, as I believe Weiner’s a…well, weiner for lying about his inappropriate – albeit not illegal – behavior. As usual, it’s the lying and coverup that often matters a lot more than the initial scandal in politics, and this is one of those cases.

However: having said that, I would point out that Anthony Weiner lied about something utterly trivial compared to war and peace, the economy, global warming, and many other issues.  If Tim Kaine, and Eric Can’tor for that matter, are so concerned with Anthony Weiner’s behavior, then I presume they both also would support – or would have supported at the time – the following politicians being forced to resign:

*Bill Clinton, who lied publicly about “not having sexual relations with that woman. I don’t recall Tim Kaine calling on Clinton to resign at the time, although I do remember Joe Lieberman, who Tim Kaine endorsed for president in 2004, condemning Clinton back in 1998.

*The many politicians, mostly Republican, who implicitly or explicitly linked 9/11 and Saddam Hussein, when absolutely no such link existed.

*Every politician, mostly Republicans again, who “deny” climate science. Every time they say that there’s doubt about anthropogenic global warming, they’re outright lying. In fact, it’s the Big Lie, about an enormously important issue – possibly the most important one facing mankind.

*Every Republican who calls “Obamacare” (which isn’t it’s name, so that’s a minor lie in and of itself) “job killing” or “budget busting.” According to the Congressional Budget Office and every other serious analysis done of the health care reform law signed into law by President Obama in March 2010, those charges are simply not true. As in “lie.”

*Every Republican or Democrat who claims that we have a “spending problem” but not a “revenue problem.” That’s flat-out false, as federal revenues are now at their lowest level as a share of the economy since 1950, and the Bush tax cuts have been shown over and over again to be responsible for much if not most of the deficit. Again, they’re lying.

*Bob McDonnell, who has been pushing his Big Lies about “balancing the budget” and creating jobs.

We could go on all day, but you get the idea. If it’s so necessary that Anthony Weiner resign for lying about something utterly trivial in nature compared to the huge issues facing our country, then why aren’t Tim Kaine, Eric Can’tor et al demanding that hundreds of politicians resign immediately for serious, major lies about truly consequential subjects?  I guess asking for consistency from politicians is too much to ask, unfortunately. Feh.

  • Teddy Goodson

    Why, you ask, are not the self-righteous fellow politicans on the left as well as the right not dermanding certain other politicians resign because they lied about things, mostly things not so “trivial” as what Congressman Weiner (what a perfectly perfect name— like Mr. Flood the plumber) lied about publicly— (as contrasted to privately, one assumes)?

    The answer is that Weiner lied about S-E-X, and that is the very heart of America’s hangups. Contrast that with the balse French attitude about DSK, a such-normal-behavior-for-a-powerful-man attitude, what’s-all-the-fuss-about-a-simple-chambermaid? Only the British come close to our hypocritical prudery. Public life in America is a soap opera, public life in France is an operetta.  

  • dr00bie

    Oh yeah, he didn’t go on the record with a comment for the Rangel debacle…

    So, let me get this straight… a guy who screwed up in his personal life, without (as far as we know) using any govt. resources, needs to resign?  

    But a guy who fleeced the taxpayers and gets censured by the House for it (!) gets no comment at all?

    Tim, I liked ya, but you lost all credibility with me… not to say that I won’t vote for you again, gotta choose the lesser-of-two-evils in this screwy game we call elections! 🙂

    Good post!  First time I’ve visited, and I will have to come back!

    Drew

  • KathyinBlacksburg

    Tim is way off base.  And I dare say he may want to think about who would have to resign if this standard prevailed.

    Totally self-serving on Tim’s part.  As pathetic as the whole episode has been, this is even more so.  Why doesnt Tim tell voters why we should vote for him and let Weiner’s constituents make the determination about their representation.

    Let Tim distance himself from the Catfood Commission and propose a progressive course forward.

    Unless and until one US Senator who allegedly abetted John Ensign is forced out, no one involved in any far less significant personal failure should be pressured to do anything.  The double standard is breathtaking.

  • KathyinBlacksburg

    What about Scott Brown?  He posed nude for Cosmo. Few seemed to have a problem with that. And he won the Senate race despite that (albeit by deception of another sort, purporting he was a centrist).