Yet Another “Family Values” Republican Caught With His Pants Down

September 9, 2009

michael duvallI find all this hypocrisy very tiring, so I’ll just summarize:

– Republican Assemblyman from California Michael D. Duvall
– Married with two kids
– Pro “family values” and supported anti-gay Prop 8
–  While waiting for a legislative session to start, was caught on a live mic speaking to a colleague about the graphic details of the affair he is having
– The affair is with a lobbyist.
– He just resigned.  (And I guess that gets a pat on the back these days?)

Sigh.  It’s becoming all so predictable, isn’t it?

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More GOP Hypocrisy!

June 24, 2009

Governor_Mark_SanfordToday’s GOP hypocrisy is courtesy of South Carolina Republican Governor Mark Sanford.

Mark Sanford last graced this blog’s pages when he announced that he wasn’t going to take any of Obama’s (dirty, socialist) stimulus money.

For the last week, however, Sanford has been in the news for going AWOL without his security detail.  Neither his staff nor security team knew where he was (good job, guys) nor did his wife or four children, even though his absence included Father’s Day. Sanford at first said he went hiking on the Appalachian Trail to relieve stress but was later caught in the airport coming back from Argentina.

Why was he in Argentina?

To see his mistress, of course.

Sanford apologized blah, blah, blah and will resign as head of the Republican Governor’s Association but not the governorship. He was favored to run for president in 2012.

Hypocrisy point #1: Sanford was a firm supporter of South Carolina’s Defense of Marriage Act (The Gays are attacking it!), voted to ban gay adoptions, and is even opposed to civil unions.

Hypocrisy point #2: Sanford voted to make English the official language of the United States.  (As Dan Savage asks, “Was English the official language of your extramarital affair? Or did your Argentine mistress beg for your cock in Spanish?”)

I can’t believe these fucktwits want to manage the sex and reproductive lives of Americans. Will they ever get off their high goddamn horse?

Oh Joy! A New GOP Hypocrisy Scandal! (Updated)

June 17, 2009

senator john ensignWith all the “Fuck You’s” the administration has been giving us (See: “Obama defends DOMA in federal court. Says banning gay marriage is good for the federal budget. Invokes incest and marrying children“; or “Obama Can Halt DADT Discharges With Executive Order (But Doesn’t)“; or “Hate Crimes Highest In Ten Years, Senate Pushes Vote Back Again“), it looks like Joe’s wish came true:

Sen. John Ensign acknowledged Tuesday that he had an affair with a campaign staffer — an admission that stunned his colleagues, hurt his chances for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination and called into question his future as a leader of the Senate GOP.

The Nevada Republican admitted in Las Vegas Tuesday that he had “violated the vows” of marriage by having an affair with a staffer. He did not identify the woman except to say that she and her husband were both “close friends” who worked for him, and that “the closeness” of their relationship had “put me in situations which led to my inappropriate behavior.”  (Politico)

I don’t think extramarital affairs – in and of themselves – are a big deal; I think monogamy is a goal not a guarantee. That all changes, of course, if you’re beating the “sanctity of marriage” drum to deny others basic rights.  (You see where this is going, right?)

In 2004, John “Sanctity Of Marriage Unless I’m Work Closely With Someone” Ensign issued this press release:

Senator John Ensign took to the floor of the United States Senate today to defend the sanctity of marriage and urge passage of the Federal Marriage Amendment Act.

“Marriage recognizes the ideal of a father and mother living together to raise their children,” Ensign said. “Marriage is the cornerstone on which our society was founded. For those who say that the Constitution is so sacred that we cannot or should not adopt the Federal Marriage Amendment, I would simply point out that marriage, and the sanctity of that institution, predates the American Constitution and the founding of our nation. Marriage, as a social institution, predates every other institution on which ordered society in America has relied.”

Ensign, in his comments, noted that Nevadans had amended the state constitution to guarantee the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman. Ensign emphasized the need to preserve the will of Nevadans who voted overwhelmingly to preserve marriage as well as the need to preserve the will of the majority of Americans.

“I am deeply concerned that a few unelected judges and some locally elected government officials have taken steps to redefine marriage to fit their own agenda,” said Ensign. “It is not right to mold marriage to fit the desires of a few, against the wishes of so many, and to ignore the important role of marriage.”  (Official Senate page via Joe.My.God.)

The FMA, as you recall, would have MODIFIED THE COUNTRY’S CONSTITUTION in order to ban gay marriage. Zealous much?

Ahh… there’s nothing like Republican hypocrisy to start your day out right.

PS: Ensign has three children.

Update (3:36 PM): Dan Savage: “Diddling underlings? When Bill Clinton did it, Ensign called on Clinton to resign, saying he had “no credibility left.” Humiliating public sex scandal? When Larry Craig got swept up on in one, Sen. Ensign called on Craig to resign, saying the scandal was “embarrassing.” Ensign even lead the GOP’s unsuccessful effort to drive Craig from office before his term expired. So will Ensign be stepping down now? Of course not. … Resigning in the wake of an embarrassing sex scandal? That’s for Democrats and fags.”

More: Short clips of FoxNews and Rachel Maddow covering the story after the jump.

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Senator Snowe On Being A Moderate Republican

April 29, 2009

Olympia Snowe (R-ME)

Moderate Republican Senator Olympia Snowe in her NYT op-ed “We Didn’t Have To Lose Arlen Specter”:

It is true that being a Republican moderate sometimes feels like being a cast member of “Survivor” — you are presented with multiple challenges, and you often get the distinct feeling that you’re no longer welcome in the tribe. But it is truly a dangerous signal that a Republican senator of nearly three decades no longer felt able to remain in the party.


It is for this reason that we should heed the words of President Ronald Reagan, who urged, “We should emphasize the things that unite us and make these the only ‘litmus test’ of what constitutes a Republican: our belief in restraining government spending, pro-growth policies, tax reduction, sound national defense, and maximum individual liberty.” He continued, “As to the other issues that draw on the deep springs of morality and emotion, let us decide that we can disagree among ourselves as Republicans and tolerate the disagreement.”

Jesus, if that’s the republican party, I’m going to consider switching parties…

Source: We Didn’t Have to Lose Arlen Specter (NYT)

Trailer: “Outrage”

April 25, 2009


From the press release:

From Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker Kirby Dick (This Film Is Not Yet Rated) comes OUTRAGE, a searing indictment of the hypocrisy of closeted politicians with appalling gay rights voting records who actively campaign against the LGBT community they covertly belong to.

Boldly revealing the hidden lives of some of the United States’ most powerful policymakers, OUTRAGE takes a comprehensive look at the harm they’ve inflicted on millions of Americans, and examines the media’s complicity in keeping their secrets.

With analysis from prominent members of the gay community such as Congressman Barney Frank, former NJ Governor Jim McGreevey, activist Larry Kramer, radio personality Michelangelo Signorile, and openly gay congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (Representative, Wisconsin 2nd district), OUTRAGE probes deeply into the psychology of this double lifestyle, the ethics of outing closeted politicians, the double standards that the media upholds in its coverage of the sex lives of gay public figures, and much more.

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If you haven’t seen Kirby Dick’s other documentary, “This Film Is Not Yet Rated,” it is one hundred percent required viewing.

“Outrage” comes out on May 8.

New York Republicans Allowed “Votes Of Conscience” On Gay Marriage Bill

April 22, 2009

pride-new-york-flagsThis is kinda huge. From The Advocate:

The Log Cabin Republicans announced Tuesday that the GOP’s New York leadership in both the state senate and assembly are going to allow Republican legislators to make “conscience votes” on Gov. David Paterson’s marriage-equality bill rather than pressuring party members to vote against it, giving the legislation a much stronger likelihood of picking up Republican votes in both chambers.

The development may be particularly important in the senate, where Democrats hold a slim 32-30 majority, four Democrats have already said they will vote against the marriage bill, and equality advocates will need to pick up several GOP votes in order to pass the legislation. Strategists expect the legislation to sail through the assembly, which already passed an identical bill in 2007 by a vote of 85 to 61.

That’s going to be one tight Senate vote.

The Advocate also reported on the first-ever poll to show majority support for gay marriage in New York State:

A Siena poll released yesterday found 53% of the state’s voters want Governor Paterson’s marriage-equality bill passed, while 39% are opposed to it.

No word on when the legislature will address the bill.

Fingers crossed!

Via Joe.My.God.

Glenn Beck: “President Obama, Why Don’t You Just Light Us On Fire?”

April 10, 2009
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Will someone kindly tell Mr. Beck that just because his party is no longer in power, it does not mean that his white, voting ass is “disenfranchised“?

And can we also take just a moment to remember how when “liberals” complained about or criticized Bush’s actions, they were accused of hating America but now that the Republican party is doing the same thing they’re branding themselves the guardians of democracy?!

Via Slog.