Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Second Chances or Double Standard

Four years ago Mark Sanford was the very popular Governor of South Carolina.
He was considered a viable candidate for the White House.
Four years ago Mark Sanford disappeared for five days.
When he surfaced he said that he had been communing with nature along the Appalachian Trail.
It turns out that Mark Sanford was communing with his mistress in Argentina.
Four years ago Mark Sanford was forced to resign.
Yesterday Mark Sanford won a special election for the United States House of Representatives.
He won by 9 points.

William Jefferson Clinton served as our nation’s 42nd president.
President Clinton was known to have some difficulty keeping his zipper zipped.
President Clinton had an affair with an intern.
He lied about the affair to the American people.
He lied about the affair in sworn testimony before the United States Congress.
He committed perjury.
President Clinton was impeached by the United States House of Representatives.
Today, former President Clinton is one of the most popular public figures in our history.

Newt Gingrich once served as the powerful Speaker of the House.
He was forced to resign for misappropriating $300,000 in public funds.
Newt Gingrich has been married three times.
He was having an affair with his now current wife while his now former wife was dying of cancer.
Newt Gingrich is a bestselling author and successful film producer.
He was a viable Republican candidate for the presidency.

Two years ago Anthony Weiner served as a member of the United States House of Representatives.
He was considered a rising star in the Democratic Party.
His wife served as the number one advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Two years ago it was reveled that Anthony Weiner had been emailing photos of his wiener to female admirers.
Anthony Weiner was forced to resign.
Today Anthony Weiner is running for the powerful office of Mayor of New York city.

They say we are a nation of second chances.  So we have to ask…

Would Nancy Pelosi have been elected the first woman Speaker of the House had she hiked the Appalachian Trail as Mark Sanford did?
Would she be Minority Leader if she had emailed photos of her “naughty bits” to ardent admirers?

If Hillary Rodham Clinton had followed her husband’s path, would she have ever been elected State Senator from New York? 
If she had communed with an Argentine lover would she have had a chance to challenge Barak Obama?
Would she have been appointed Secretary of State?
If Hillary Rodham Clinton had committed perjury would she be a serious contender to be the first woman president in our history.

Second chances...more like double standard.

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