Senator Pete Domenici: Yet Another Moral Scold Republican Exposed As A Total Hypocrite
On Wednesday it was revealed that former Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM) was involved in an extramarital affair that resulted in the birth of an out of wedlock child with the daughter of a political colleague of Domenici.
Domenici was one of the Republicans who, in the late 1990s, clambered atop the moral high horse and shook his finger at President Clinton for having an affair with Monica Lewinsky. At the time, Domenici attacked Clinton for “tawdry” conduct and boasted that “Truthfulness is the first pillar of good character in the Character Counts program of which I have been part of establishing in New Mexico.”
Something about beams, and motes, and eyes…
Domenici, of course, was not the only morally hypocritical Republican leader wagging his finger at Clinton.
There was Bob Livingstone. And Henry Hyde. And, most infamously, Newt Gingrich.
As history unfolds, I would put money on more hypocrites being unearthed from this period. A pattern has emerged that gives me confidence: The conservatives/Republicans most often the loudest about some perceived moral failing by a Democrat/liberal, the more likely the accuser to be just as guilty (if not worse!)
The right loves to put themselves forward as somehow morally superior to the left. They argue that they are closer to God (disregarding the long legacy of progressive-religious activism in America, all the way up to the very liberal and very religious Martin Luther King), and worthy of being His representative in judging others.
Like much of the actual words in the Bible, the right prefers to disappear the “judge not, that ye be judged” text.