Rachel Maddow with David Letterman, discussing Keith Olbermann, Anthony Weiner, David Vitter, and the current political environment.
I have a saying: “Good advice is easy to give, but hard to take.” As a total outsider (it’s hard to be more outside The Beltway than I am), I have some advice for you, Anthony Weiner, which you can take or leave, and it’s this: Go back to business as usual in the House.
“Judge not, lest ye be judged.” A common misquote, I’m told, of Matthew 7:1 (“Judge not, that ye be not judged. “). Wise words, either way.
When should someone’s personal peccadillos materially matter to us? When is it actually fair to hold someone to a higher standard than we perhaps hold ourselves? When should it reach the level of ‘a scandal’? When should we care?
Democrats: Scandals are about sex and drugs.
Republicans: Scandals are about money and abuse of power. (Although they’ve progressed. They now include sex.)
Democrats: Tax and spend.
Republicans: Borrow and spend.
Democrats: Emphasis on personal freedom and privacy, regulate business.
Republicans: Emphasis on business freedom and privacy, regulate personal freedom and privacy.
Democrats: Healthcare rationed by availability.
Republicans: Healthcare rationed by wealth.
Democrats: War on Poverty
Republicans: War on the poor.
Democrats: Have no spine
Republicans: Have no shame.