Monday, October 28, 2019

Zero Tolerance For Me, Not For Thee

The last few years have demonstrated that among the most stupid and most harmful remarks made by a celebrity Democrat in recent years was Michelle Obama's "when they go low, we go high."  And so on Friday night, a few minutes before he made a ridiculous remark about Denmark and health care, Donnie Deutsch on Real Times' Overtime recognized (with context beginning at 0:03 of video below) that Democrats

need to play a little dirty. "When they go low, we go high." (Instead) when they go low, go to the side and give them a noogie when they're not looking. I mean, that's the answer. You don't go to a gunfight with a knife. If the other guy's got a gun, you gotta bring a gun. That's it. It's simple.

(Noogie? Well, O.K.)

Nonetheless, if they're true to form, Democrats will disregard that advice in favor of Mrs. Obama's recommendation.  And so it is that

Freshman Rep. Katie Hill is resigning from Congress after facing allegations of inappropriate sexual relationships with staffers in her office and on her congressional campaign.

“It is with a broken heart that today I announce my resignation from Congress. This is the hardest thing I have ever had to do, but I believe it is the best thing for my constituents, my community and our country,” Hill wrote in a letter announcing the news after it was first reported by POLITICO.

“This is what needs to happen so that the good people who supported me will no longer be subjected to the pain inflicted by my abusive husband and the brutality of hateful political operatives who seem to happily provide a platform to a monster who is driving a smear campaign built around cyber exploitation,” Hill added.

Full evidence is not in but it appears that Hill, though acting inappropriately, is more the victim than the perpetrator. Nevertheless

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who has taken a hard line in sexual harassment cases, said in a statement that Hill had made the right decision in stepping down.

"[Hill] has acknowledged errors in judgment that made her continued service as a member untenable," Pelosi said on Sunday night. "We must ensure a climate of integrity and dignity in the Congress, and in all workplaces.”

Hill was under investigation by the House Ethics Committee for allegations of an improper sexual relationship with a male congressional staffer, a claim she denied. Hill admitted to and apologized for an “inappropriate” relationship with a female campaign staffer earlier this week.

Conservative news outlets, pandering to their "family values" voters," responded as expected as

In a statement earlier this week, Hill blamed the ongoing scandal — which included several nude photos of the lawmaker published in conservative online news outlets — on an “abusive husband” whom she is in the middle of divorcing.

Hill's resignation may not have been necessary if Speaker Pelosi and other Democrats had not established a de facto zero-tolerance policy, which is helpful when one wishes to ignore facts of a matter. However, it appears the "climate of integrity and dignity in the Congress" applies only to one party:

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