by Chris Haire
You gotta love party-line hypocrisy.
The crimes that your team commit are easily forgiven.
The crimes that the other team commits are not.
And today, there is no clearer example than an editorial in the Post and Courier about Rep. Andrew Weiner.
I'm of two opinions on this:
1. He lied so he should go.
2. Political office is not the place for honest men.
Truth be told, I'd like to see our elected officials be honest men and women, but sadly honest men and women don't run for public office.
So what are we to do? Vote all the bums out? Nah. They won't happen. Go on a dirty laundry witch hunt? Nah. Too prudish.
In the end, the only thing we can do is sigh and just hope that our lying bastard doesn't get caught in his lies.
The P&C doesn't see it this way, apparently. And in the case of disgraced New York Rep. Andrew Weiner, they think he should resign, posthaste.
However, Rep. Weiner said Monday that he broke no laws and intends to remain in Congress as long as his constituents support him.
He also said, "This was me doing a dumb thing, and doing it repeatedly, then lying about it."
Yet what he did was far worse than dumb — even if he hadn't lied about it.
Losing your keys is "doing a dumb thing." Sending vulgar pictures of yourself to women is doing a disgusting thing unworthy of a member of the U.S. House.
Now it's up to Minority Leader Pelosi and other top Democrats to clean House by convincing — forcing, if needed — Rep. Weiner to do the right thing and resign.
As you know, Weiner may have sent explicit photos of his willie to other women — some while he was married — but he never committed the textbook definition of adultery.
Unlike former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford.
You won't believe what the P&C said about the Luv Guv back in 2009 when his extramarital affair came to light:
Meanwhile, the governor's legislative critics continue to focus on his unexplained absence from the state and the lack of dependable information regarding his whereabouts. That's a legitimate area of public concern, and it's safe to reclassify that mistake as a lesson learned.
Gov. Sanford has resigned as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, which should limit further distractions to the national party. Just a few days ago, the governor was mentioned as a possible presidential candidate, but it's likely that his high mark on the national political scene has come and gone.
But Mr. Sanford says he will not resign as governor.
His personal errors of judgment shouldn't disqualify him from continuing to serve as the state's chief executive. The contrite governor should do what he can to repair his personal life and minimize further distractions from his job.