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Saint Joan Walsh: Hypocrite on Divorce


I’d like to give Salon’s Joan Walsh great credit for the humanity that informs her commentary.

I’m a live-and-let-live kind of person, a divorced lapsed Catholic, a San Francisco liberal. Life is hard; marriage is harder. I try not to judge people who don’t live up to their vows. Republicans included, as long as they’re not hypocrites who preach about the “sanctity” of marriage while cheating on their spouses.

Unfortunately, I can’t actually do that. The above was written in 2007, while attacking Senator David Vitter. Saint Joan Walsh wanted us to know what a good and non-judgmental person she is.

This, below, is Saint Joan today, Neither Newt, Trump, nor Rudy would be characterized as of the “Family Values” wing of the GOP. Unfortunately, Saint Joan doesn’t let that stop her from bashing them as “nasty Republicans,” while also taking a swipe at the entire party for their being divorced.

Finally, I love the fact that Gingrich and Giuliani have six wives and two marriage annulments between them. Add in Donald Trump, who seems to be leaning toward Gingrich too, they can start a Three Wives Club. Way to go, family values party!

I’ll be talking about the latest on the GOP field with Ed Schultz and Ezra Klein on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” at 8 ET.

Given the immediate segue to touting an appearance on a network few people watch, perhaps she was only doing it to try and gin up interest. Certainly, good Christians will give her a pass if she was simply seeking attention. We are all imperfect creatures, after all.


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