Sunday, October 23, 2005

Double Standards & Hypocrisy

Think Progress quotes Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, who said the following this morning on the powderpuff program, "Meet the Press," regarding the possible indictments of Rove, Libby, etc.:

"I certainly hope that if there is going to be an indictment that says something happened, that it is an indictment on a crime and not some perjury technicality where they couldn’t indict on the crime so they go to something just to show that their two years of investigation were not a waste of time and dollars."

In Think Progress's comments section, a commenter named "Phoenix Woman" included the following quote (found here) by Senator Hutchison from a few years earlier, when she was talking about President Clinton (the "..." edits are mine):

"The perjury committed...was an attempt to impede, frustrate, and obstruct the judicial order to escape personal responsibility under the law, either civil or criminal. Such would be an impeachable offense. To say otherwise would be to severely lower the moral and legal standards of accountability that are imposed on ordinary citizens every day. The same standard should be imposed on our leaders...

"I will not compromise this simple but high moral principle in order to avoid serious consequences to a successor President who may choose to ignore it."

In the same comments section, immediately after Phoenix Woman, I made the following comment (#40):

My make-believe interview with Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (or William Kristol, etc.):

Me: In the end, if the grand jury is only able to indict Libby, Rove, etc., on mere perjury charges, then, in your view, does that imply that there were never any real crimes committed?

Hutchison: "...You are correct..." [Please forgive my literary license in interpreting and abbreviating a politician's usual long-winded answer.]

Me: I see... So..., if there were no real crimes committed, then why on earth would such astute political operatives be so utterly foolish as to perjure themselves before a grand jury?

Hutchison: "What kind of question is that? How did you get a job with the mainstream media?"

Me: I "technically" perjured myself on my resume. I told them I was a partisan republican hack.

Hutchison: "Guards! Have that man arrested!"

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