Double standards in politics

United States
June 25, 2009 12:31pm CST
WHy it is that if a republican politican has an affair than his political career is pretty well dead. But if a democrat does it than it is ok. I mean come on. Clinton has multiple affairs on hilary and most democrats I know say they would vote for him again if they could. The big arguement I heard then was it was an invasion of his privacy and that it was a personal matter between him and his family. But if a republican does it than everyone calls for his head on a pike. Anyone understant this one?
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• United States
26 Jun 09
Republicans extol the virtue of family values and morality; so when they fail in these areas, it seems much more extreme. It's hard to have respect for someone who says one thing and does another. Democrats have no values so they don't care if one of their own as an affair.
• United States
26 Jun 09
Um excuse me, democrats have no values???? could you be anymore blatantly biased and unfair? I'm a democrat and I really dislike John Edwards now because i know now that he cheated on his lovely wife, only a couple of years after she had cancer....but since I'm a democrat, I must have no values at all so does this make me some sort of mutant according to you?
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• United States
27 Jun 09
I see I managed to get your knickers in a twist and I apologize for that. I should have said, Democrats in political office instead of Democrats in general. I know there are many fine, upstanding, and moral people who call themselves Democrats. Also, how in the world did you manage to interrupt my comments as calling you a mutant? You might be one, but how would I know?
@anniepa (27280)
• United States
27 Jun 09
I also certainly disagree that "Democrats have no values"! When it comes to how they live their private lives some do and some don't, just like the Republicans. Democrats just tend to be less judgmental about it because they don't make it the hallmark of their campaigns. It also seems to me that Democrats are often more likely to try to work things out in their marriages while quite a few prominent Republicans have divorced the wife they cheated on and married the "other woman". Annie
• United States
25 Jun 09
LIL, recent history shows the exact opposite to what you are saying. Democrates like John Edwards, Eliot Spitzer, and Jim McGreevey all either stepped down from office, or stopped their political career because of their affair. But, on the other hand Republicans who run as the party of family values, allow for their cheating politicans to either serve out their terms, or don't force them to resign. Republcians like John Ensign, David Vetter, and Mark Sanford have all had affairs and either are still in office, or were allowed to serve out their terms. Don't you just hate it when facts get in the way.
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• United States
25 Jun 09
Clinton, JFK, etc... there have been several democrats too that have had affairs and still kept their jobs. Infact it did not even hurt their standing in the country. I guess it depends on how well they were liked before the scandel to decide if they will get to keep their jobs afterwards. Personally I feel their personal lives are just that personal. As long as it does not effect their jobs then it is none of our business. As for sanford. I live in SC and I do not think he going to be allowed to stay our gov. long. The affair isn't the problem. The fact that he abandoned the state is. If he would have just given the LT Gov. the power to take care of things while he was gone then he would not be looking at loosing his job now.
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• United States
26 Jun 09
"Clinton, JFK, etc... there have been several democrats too that have had affairs and still kept their jobs. Infact it did not even hurt their standing in the country." I have never seen any proof that JFK had an afair while in office. Do you have an real proof of that happening. "Personally I feel their personal lives are just that personal. As long as it does not effect their jobs then it is none of our business." I do agree with you, but I don't understand how it is that republicans have kept their jobs, while Democrats have been forced out. I wish you could enlighten me on this one. "As for sanford. I live in SC and I do not think he going to be allowed to stay our gov. long. The affair isn't the problem. The fact that he abandoned the state is. If he would have just given the LT Gov. the power to take care of things while he was gone then he would not be looking at loosing his job now." I can't believe that you aren't calling for his head. Could you imagine if something bad happened in your state while the governor was out getting himself some. It is almost unbelievable to think about a leader of a state just leaving without telling anyone where he was going, and transfering power. But, that is your state.
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• United States
26 Jun 09
Oh I do think he will resign. Or be forced out. By abandoning the state he has lost the right to be the governor of this state. I in no way want him to stay our governor. But with all the people clamouring for his head in this state right now I do not feel the need to scream for it tooo. The democrats are screaming for it, the republican state party is screaming for it. He has been basically told either he can resign or they will empeach him. But my main point is this. I have heard a lot about this. Trust me, being in the state people are talking of little else. I think he should be fired because he abondoned the state....not because he had an affair on his wife. Correct me if I am wrong but didn't JRK have an affair with Marilyn Monroe. I know his brother did. Also one of his aides Ted Sorensen wrote a tell all book about how JFK basically slept with A LOT of women. Some of them have even written books about it. But the press was different then and would not report on it. Today it is harder for political figures to get away with any of it.
@heathcliff (1415)
• United States
25 Jun 09
The problem would be hyprocrisy. A Republican, especially one who ran on "family values" and a high "moral code" is going to be held more accountable than someone who never assaulted anyone else over lifestyle. It ends up being an internal Republican problem. A Republican with this issue gets attacked far more from their own party than a Democrat would from their party, all based on Party Policy Positions. It would be the same if any politician against gay rights suddenly came out of the closet.
• United States
25 Jun 09
I would have to say this is exactly true right on
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• United States
25 Jun 09
It is true most republicans run on "family values" and Sanford did some too. But his main big thing was "fiscal responsibility".
@ZephyrSun (7382)
• United States
25 Jun 09
"It would be the same if any politician against gay rights suddenly came out of the closet. " *cough* Larry Craig? LOL Your comment is so perfect!
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@coolcoder (2019)
• United States
26 Jun 09
This is an excellent question, but one that won't be answered if the Democrats and liberal media have their way. The thing is, more people need to call them out on their hypocrisy, to not let them get away with excuses and alibis and all of that.Unfortunately, you don't see that in the conservative front. The Democrats have no problem running their mouths about Republican scandals--why should Republicans and conservatives have problems with speaking out against Democrat scandals?
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• United States
26 Jun 09
well personally I think if it is a personal matter and does not effect their jobs than it is really non of our business. I don't buy into this whole if your a politican or a celebrity that you do not have a right to privacy or a private life outside of work. we all get a private life so should they.
• United States
26 Jun 09
Most people on the discussion have already hit it on the nail, that when a person runs and says that they are all about "family values" but then gets caught with their pants down so to speak, then that makes them a hypocrite and I think that gets people very riled up because he basically lied to them about what was most important to him, and people who say that they would vote for Clinton again I think most of all means that they think he was such a good president that his personal life is not what they first take into consideration...and the Clinton scandal also shows Sanford's hypocrisy because he voted for Clinton's impeachment,,,so there's not really a double standard in this case because Sanford is a hypocrite and he went missing for 6 days i think to go be with some woman in Argentina
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• China
26 Jun 09
good point, all people do things for themslves.
@ClassyCat (1214)
• United States
26 Jun 09
Well, whatever the case may be - I say come next voting season - we do some butt kicking and replace some of these folks! Maybe we need more women in office. According to some statements on the news, they say that mostly (or only) men have affairs, in the political arena. Just a thought.
@Latrivia (2889)
• United States
26 Jun 09
I may have been a child when the whole Clintion/Lewinsky thing happened, but I still remember people screaming for his head on a pike. The only difference is, I heard more about it from people on the right then people on the left. I'm betting the inverse is the case now.
• United States
26 Jun 09
nope. just about everyone is calling for his head on a pike. But not for the affair. But for taking off and leaving the state in a lerch.
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@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
29 Jun 09
If a politician run on protecting family values then does not practice these family values this is where the problems begin. What some politician does outside of his or her political activities should not matter.
@anniepa (27280)
• United States
27 Jun 09
It seems to me that more Democrats have had their careers end over affairs than Republicans. There's Spitzer, McGreevey, Gary Hart, John Edwards and Gary Condit just off the top of my head while the GOP has Vitter, McCain, Ensign, Sanford, Gingrich, Guiliani among others who are still very much involved in politics. The only two members of the GOP I can think of who actually did lose their careers were Larry Craig and Mark Foley and their alleged "indiscretions" involved homosexuality which is a no-no for Republicans no matter what. Here's my personal take on it and it seems to echo what at least some of the Democrats I've heard speak of it in the media: it IS a private matter unless there are other issues such as abandoning one's duties or funding one's affairs with tax dollars but it goes beyond that. The Democrats don't base their platform on being "morally superior" in that they speak out about others' personal problems and call for the head of anyone who makes a mistake. When we learn of a politician having had an affair and often see his "heartfelt apology" - after getting caught, usually - and then moments later see tapes of that same politician viciously attacking someone else for doing the same thing he just confessed to we can't help but add hypocrisy to that politician's list of transgressions. Annie
@aerous (13461)
• Philippines
26 Jun 09
I don't understand what politicians doing that. I think all politicians have an affairs with other women someone is hiding their activities but others caught up because of their political careers. In my point of views. I think politicians is the most liar person. They lie people around them. They promise everything that they know they can't do it...