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Double Standards

September 4, 2008

1. Karl Rove this week: Palin has plenty of relevant experience to be VP. Karl Rove a few weeks ago: Tim Kaine, governor of Virginia, former lt. gov., former mayor of Richmond, VA, does not have adequate experience to be the VP nominee and would have been a “purely political” pick.

2. Right-wing commentators (e.g. Dick Morris and Nancy somebody, McCain’s campaign senior policy advisor) this week: The questions about Palin are “sexist” and she is unfairly facing increased scrutiny because she is a woman. Right-wing commentators when HRC was running (including both of the above and, well, actually, Palin herself back in March of this year): Women running for office should not complain that they are being unfairly attacked because of their gender, they should learn to take it like a man.

3. Bill O’Reilly in December when Jamie Lynn Spears announced she was pregnant: The blame for this is on the parents. Bill O’Reilly this week on Bristol Palin’s pregnancy: Millions of people are dealing with teenage pregnancy, and it is a personal matter. We wish the family well.

So, in summary:

1. Experience or the lack thereof only matters if you are a Democrat and therefore unqualified to hold elected office in any event.

2. Sexism in the media is only wrong if it is directed against a Republican.

3. Teen pregnancy is a reflection on the parents of the teen unless one of the parents in question has just become the great white hope for the Republican party, in which case it’s personal and no one should judge it.

This is precisely the kind of thing that makes my head explode.  How can this kind of hypocrisy be justified?  Personally, I don’t have strong feelings one way or the other on any of the above three issues.  But I don’t think I would think differently based on the politics of the people involved.  Experience as a mayor and governor either matters or it doesn’t.  Women candidates should either be treated fairly or they should buck up and get over it.  Teenage girls getting pregnant either reflects the quality of the parenting they’ve had or just that teenagers are horny and careless.

None of this is to say that people on my side of the aisle don’t have double standards, but isn’t this a tad ridiculous?

Yes, the source of the above facts was The Daily Show from last night (annotated with detailed video clips from those in question). I need my news with a side of snark. How else will I get through the next four years?

Note: this post was edited after it was first posted.  The original version conflated double standards and lying, and my intention was to focus on the former.  Maybe I’ll take up deception another day.