Oh, Rats! I Was Hoping This Creep Was A Republican, So I Could Prove that My Detestation Of Hypocritical Frauds Being Supported By Hypocritical Voters Is Completely Non-Partisan


I admit to not following North Carolina Senate campaign closely. I should have known candidate Cal Cunningham was the Democrat challenging (and, pollsters say, leading) GOP Senator Thom Tillis in what is considered a crucial race for the control of the Senate. Over the weekend,  Cunningham, an Iraq war veteran and the married father of two admitted to sending a series of sexual messages (including a “sext”) to Arlene Guzman Todd, a California-based public relations strategist. “Would make my day to roll over and kiss you about now,” he wrote in one message.

Cunningham has been basing his campaign on themes of honor and character. [Mainstream media bias note: The New York Times described the exchange as “flirtatious.” Call me old fashioned, but I don’t consider “dick pics” as flirty.]

Now a Facebook comment from a woman named Erin Brinkman claims that her close friend also engaged in a multi-year affair with Cunningham. “He’s been having an affair with a good friend of mine since 2012. Not the woman mentioned in the story. Needless to say, my friend was devastated. But my feeling is, if they’ll cheat WITH you, they’ll cheat ON you!,” Brinkman wrote.

Hey! This guy might be the next Bill Clinton!

When the initial scandal broke, Cunningham said he has no intention of leaving the race:

“I remain grateful and humbled by the ongoing support that North Carolinians have extended in this campaign, and in the remaining weeks before this election I will continue to work to earn the opportunity to fight for the people of our state.”

That even sounds like Clinton, while he was denying that he had sex with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. After the report of the alleged second affair broke yesterday, Cunningham canceled a town hall appearance with voters that had been scheduled for yesterday afternoon. Just a coincidence, I’m sure.

Did I mention that his candidacy has been built on the themes of character and honor?

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee so far has indicated that the party will stand with him. Of course it has! After all, nothing in the 2020 Democratic drive to achieve political dominance has suggested any interest in character or honor whatsoever.

More evidence about what is considered “balanced coverage” by the news media: the New York Times reported Cunningham’s sexual infidelities in tandem with Senator Tillis testing positive for the Wuhan virus. Both, you see, are problems for their campaigns. Same thing, really. At the very, very end of the long article, the Times did note,

Carter Wrenn, a longtime Republican consultant, said in an interview that he believed that Mr. Cunningham was facing a more serious challenge than Mr. Tillis.“Tillis is a management problem,” he said. “Cunningham is a character problem.”

Normally I would add a “Ya think?” here, but who knows what Democratic voters will tolerate? The #MeToo adherents who screamed to the skies about the weakly alleged misconduct by Justice Kavanaugh when he was in high school are still, they say, voting for Joe, accused of rape by a staffer while Senator (not while going through puberty), and the most photographed perp of sexual harassment in U.S. political history. The Democratics base appears to have no interest in integrity, honesty, or character at all except as justifications  to attack Republicans.

28 thoughts on “Oh, Rats! I Was Hoping This Creep Was A Republican, So I Could Prove that My Detestation Of Hypocritical Frauds Being Supported By Hypocritical Voters Is Completely Non-Partisan

  1. Sigh….

    I loathe these 11th hour bombshells. I mean, it couldn’t have happened to a nicer person, in a better party, but the fact of the matter is that if I want to be consistent, I have to consistently say that I think that all politicians should be able to get a pass on things like this within three months of an election. Frankly, partisan politics in America is insanely toxic right now, there has been a veritable cornucopia of mendacious accusations levelled against politicians, and for all the cases that end up being true (Roy Moore) there were a comparable number of cases that were either made up from whole cloth, or had serious issues with them (Jean Carrol, Tara Reade, Christine Ford).

    Frankly, if the accusers cared about justice, or making sure that their abusers don’t make it into positions of power, that’s great, but they shouldn’t sit on the accusations for days, weeks, months, years or (in Ford’s case) decades, until three weeks before an election, shit on the process, and expect to be taken seriously. Because that’s not about justice against their accuser, it’s a political hit job on the party. The party can’t replace the candidate in real time (Roy Moore), and that disenfranchises everyone who holds party affiliation in a district with a suddenly politically radioactive candidate.

    This. Needs. To. Stop.

    • Here’s my suggestion, HT: Dismantle all political science departments and ban the practice of “political consulting.” When in college, and since, I wondered what “political science” was. It’s evidently “how to get a paying customer elected to political office for fun and profit.” Marvelous. I think it’s been the professionalization of running for office that is to blame for the toxicity.

      • My major was political science: It was a bunch of classes on political theory: lots of Locke, Rousseau, Marx; my senior seminar was on de Tocqueville’s “Democracy in America”.

    • Hopefully, this won’t be as much of a circus as John Edwards was. For one thing, I don’t think his wife is dying of cancer.

      Ideally, this will be a one month flap, he’ll lose, and he can go back to whatever it is he does besides politics.

      Here in NC, Edwards was a three ring circus for years, and he still gets brought up from time to time.

  2. I don’t see why you’re concerning yourself with such trivia. After all, being a lying, cheating cad is only considered a major character problem when you’re a Republican. For Democrats, such behavior is considered perfectly normal.

      • My gut feeling is that the “me, too” photo scandal that nuked Franken was just a pretext, that there was some other issue hiding beneath the surface that would have been revealed if he had decided to remain. Since there were irregularities in the voting for his election (ballots were sent to over a thousand men on parole, many of whom voted illegally) and his election was decided by a few hundred votes, I thought that the Democrats might not have wanted to risk that more proof of vote fraud would surface. With him gone, such an issue would be moot, avoiding any risk that the Republicans would have something to point to when arguing about fraud.

  3. Setting aside the character and integrity issues, (not that they should be set aside), any politician post Gary Hart who doesn’t understand that his “private life” is an open book and any behaviors like this will be exposed has shown a lack of intelligence, judgement, and awareness of current events.

    • Unless these male politicians are having gay affairs electing women will do nothing to affect scandals. Last time I checked it takes 2 to tango. The question no one asks is why the male is always responsible for these illicit affairs. Women who engage with married men are technically just as adulterous as the married man.

      • It’s the distinction between an ethics violation and inducing an ethics violation. The latter is the lesser offense: all the adulterous party has to do is decline, and is under oath to do that.”Individual trapped in loveless, abusive, soul-killing marriage and needing a jolt to deal with the problem” is a real situation, as is Love is a Many Splendored Thing. Unfortunately, more routinely it is a case of Horny, Manipulative Pig Wanting to Relive his Oat-Sowing Days And Have His Cake While Eating It. I cannot blame Monica.

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