What is it about Republican politicians that makes them want to stick both feet in their mouth? If you are wondering what I am talking about, it is the fact that yet another member of the GOP has resigned due to infidelity, ie. Indiana Representative Mark Souder. What makes this even worse is how he is very well known for his evangelical Christianity, his push for abstinence education in the schools, and his strong views on abortion. I sincerely feel sorry for his wife and his family, as they are the real victims here, but I can not help but feel that this is just one more black eye on the face of the Republicans and on the face of those who espouse themselves to be conservative or Christian and to hold their values accordingly. Incidentally,those values would include remaining faithful to one’s spouse.
The process to see who will be replacing Souder in the general election has already begun and if you would like to read more about that, you can visit Kevin Tracy, who hails from Indiana. He knows much more about Indiana politics and how that process will be working. My main concern right now is how this makes conservatives look. I have already written extensively about Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina and his infidelity. His affair with the woman from Argentina destroyed his marriage, yet he has refused to resign. This from a man who espoused conservative values and was considered a possible candidate for President in 2012.
I received several comments on a post I wrote nearly a year ago, in which I said some of our leading conservative candidates were making us look bad. One commenter in particular stated that I was falling into the trap of believing everything the mainstream media was reporting about some of those candidates. My contention then was this. If our candidates insist on acting like a bunch of idiots, how can we expect the general public to cast their votes in their favor? I continue to stand by that statement.
I understand no one is perfect, least of all myself, but when do we stop making excuses for our politicians? I didn’t like it in the least when Bill Clinton was up to his shenanigans in the Oval Office and if Political Realities existed back then, I would have said as much. Some may accuse me of being harder on conservative Republicans than I am on the Democrats and that may be true. Since I consider myself a conservative Republican, I suppose I have the right to cry foul when someone like Mark Souder or Mark Sanford goes off the reservation. I do not buy into the theory that a politician’s personal life has no bearing on his ability or qualifications to serve in Washington, so hearing news like this gets under my skin. To borrow a phrase from Kevin Tracy, if we continue to shoot ourselves in the foot, how can we expect to win enough seats in November to regain control of Congress?
Thus ends my latest rant.