Rachel Maddow’s takeaway message from Weinergate: Democrats and Republicans are held to different standards when it comes to resigning after sex scandals

Rachel Maddow’s response to the Anthony Weiner sexting debacle/media circus/resignation controversy is one of the only responses I’ve seen in mainstream media that comprehensively explores the idea of double standards and hypocrisy across party lines when it comes to sex scandals. The gist of it: IOKIYAR (it’s okay if you’re a republican). Despite the fact that republicans run on the platform of conservative family values and heterosexual normativity, members of the party don’t call on one another to resign when caught in a moment of sexual impropriety. Democrats, however, are held to a higher standard it seems. They’re pushed out not only by members of the republican party, but by leaders in the democratic party as well.

Rachel Maddow’s tears into this hypocrisy.

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2 responses to “Rachel Maddow’s takeaway message from Weinergate: Democrats and Republicans are held to different standards when it comes to resigning after sex scandals

  1. That’s an interesting take on the matter. From what I’ve seen, Republicans are the ones who are usually held to a higher standard than Democrats. I was quite surprised when the Democratic leadership turned on Rep. Weiner. While Weiner’s behavior might be stupid, it’s not criminal. He’s no Charlie Rangel. I guess the timing of his so-called scandal was just wrong, as Obama and the Democrats face a stormy election cycle.

    • I think that members of both parties should be held to the same standard in regards to sex scandals. But one would think – considering the high moral standards (abortion, marriage, family values) that Republicans campaign for – that Republicans would want to distance themselves from other Republican Congresspeople caught soliciting prostitutes, cheating on their spouses, etc. It just seems very odd that Republicans haven’t called for the resignation of David Vitter while actively trying to push Weiner out of office. They’re quick to point out the sexual wrongdoings of Democrats, but not members of their own party.

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