Sunday, December 12, 2010

decency

From instapundit, this link about a critic of Sarah Palin who has been arrested for incest. Look, I think the guy was probably unfair in his comments about Sarah Palin and he may have been a real jerk in his other political writing, but there is really something indecent about taking this sort of personal revelation and using it for a political gotcha.

There is no rational connection between this man's crime and his politics. I can pretty much guarantee you that there are Sarah Palin fans who are involved in incest, not to mention child abuse, rape, and murder. Sarah has millions of fans, how could there not be?

Look, I've defended Ann Coulter from other conservatives who thought she was being too mean, and I haven't exactly pulled punches much myself on this blog, but there are lines that should not be crossed and this is one of them. Don't take family tragedies and exploit them for political gotchas. This is a family tragedy. Yes, it was deliberately caused by members of the family, but that makes it no less a tragedy. If a man tries to commit suicide and fails, is that not a tragedy to him and his family just because he acted deliberately? Would it be OK to exploit that for political gotchas?

I don't think so, and I don't think this is much different.

1 comment:

Marcel said...

Yeah, got to agree. It's one thing to report it, another to crow about it.