The hosts of “The View” on Thursday ripped Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy as a hypocrite over reports that the Pennsylvania lawmaker — and House Pro-Life Caucus member — encouraged his mistress to get an abortion. Murphy is resigning later this month.
But amid the compulsory howling and crowing and mouths agape from the stage — and in this case, justified — co-host Joy Behar made an arguably more disturbing point: Democrats don’t have a hypocrisy problem because Democrats don’t believe in “family” values.
“I thought about how I had voted for Bill Clinton, who obviously had a little something under the desk,” Behar explained. “I also voted for John Kennedy in my youth, who had millions of mistresses, or whatever they called them in those days. Teddy Kennedy, who had Chappaquiddick.”
She then stated that “the difference between me and the people who voted for [Murphy] is the Democrats are not the family of values. They don’t go around taking abortion rights away from people or talking about gay rights being rescinded. They’re not hypocrites — they’re just dogs. You see the difference?”
This writer’s perspective
Behar and her co-hosts were right to skewer Murphy as a hypocrite — along with any other Republican or conservative who extols a virtue in public while privately doing the opposite.
But Behar’s saying Democrats neither publicly champion nor privately live out “family” morals and values — thereby proving their non-hypocrisy — is problematic.
Leaving out the valid hypocrisy point, the question remains: Is it really such a praiseworthy thing to eschew such morals and values?
Do the sociopolitical issues regularly defended by Behar and her ilk really fall under the “as long as it doesn’t hurt other people” maxim that’s echoed in a do-whatever-you-want culture over the decades? Do they truly carry no negative consequences or pain or damage?
The answers would seem self-evident. But given that Behar characterized those without “family” values as “dogs,” one might say it’s a bit much to expect them to ask the questions in the first place.