Readers Write: Gingrich isn't the only indecent politician
Letters to the Editor for the weekly issue of January 23, 2011: GOP voters aren't the only 'hypocrites' out there – endorsing Newt Gingrich (with a history of moral failings) over squeaky clean Mitt Romney, while hating family man Obama. Remember Democrats' love of Bill Clinton?
A decency double standard?
In his column in the Jan. 2 & 9 issue, Walter Rodgers asks, "Why aren't GOP voters looking for decency?" Actually, it seems that no one is looking for decency anywhere, and there's none to be found. Everything is advertising, screaming in black and white and in clashing colors and in noise, trying get our attention. So-called reality shows are scripted and catered, spontaneity is rehearsed, news is ignored for selfish comment. And when the buyers turn away, the hype gets even more hyper.
Mr. Rodgers opines that Newt Gingrich's recent rise to the top of opinion polls "revealed a monumental miscalculation on the part of some Republicans." A little farther down Rodgers states that super PAC-funded ads "try to paint Mr. Gingrich's public and private behavior as either hypocritical or lacking in ethics and morals."
And speaking of Gov. Nelson Rockefeller's failed presidential nomination because of a divorce, Rodgers asserts, "That was a moral yardstick at the time – irrelevant, yes, but at least a sign of moral interest on the part of voters." Herman Cain is also mentioned as being forced from the race over moral allegations.