Once the facts in the Anthony Weiner scandal became indisputable, he still had defenders on the left. His defenders fell back on a standard argument of the left: Weiner — the defense goes — was never a proponent of morality — the defense goes — so his immorality is no big deal. At least he’s not a hypocrite.
Zombie has one response to this argument, and I don’t disagree with it. But I want to add two more.
For the time being, let’s take the liberal position seriously: Conduct doesn’t matter, only hypocritical conduct. (Obviously they don’t mean this in the limit — was Charles Manson a hypocrite? — but that’s not where I’m going with this.) Okay. Liberals don’t want to push morality, what do they want to push?
Taxes? Hypocrites. Assisting the poor? Hypocrites. Environmentalism? Hypocrites. Supremacy of the regulatory state? Hypocrites. (BONUS: That one is Anthony Weiner.) Buy American? Hypocrites. And that’s just off the top of my head.
Across the board, their agenda is to control our lives. But these hypocrites don’t want that same control over their lives. A juicy scandal is a relatively rare thing, even today, but these liberals practice their hypocrisy in the open every single day.
But that’s not the whole of it. In fact, the whole hypocrisy argument is a lie anyway.
If they really believed the argument, you wouldn’t catch liberals criticizing the immorality of a Republican caught in a scandal. They don’t care about immorality, right? They would only criticize the hypocrisy.
But that’s not what we see, is it? No, liberals pile on as quickly as anyone else. And they criticize the misconduct itself, not just the hypocrisy. They are all for moralism when it serves their purpose.
To sum up, one could say that the whole hypocrisy argument is itself hypocritical. Better yet, one could simply say it’s wrong.