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Consistent

Hillary has spent her entire life being extremely consistent in not taking sex scandals seriously. Bill, Huma, now the harasser on her campaign. She doesn’t care about these things. Hey, if she so placidly accepted Huma, a guy who groped an adult is not a big deal at all.

She simply doesn’t think sex scandals matter, irrespective of how outrageous they are.

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19 thoughts on “Consistent

  1. “She simply doesn’t think sex scandals matter”

    I like my analysis more, all those years with have deadened her sense of sexual propriety so much that she doesn’t perceive the scandal anymore than a color blind person can perceive the numbers in the circles.

    What I don’t understand is how that Shakesville woman justifies her puritan outrage at Aziz Ansari while turning a complete blind eye to Hillary’s…. enabling and dismissing far worse sex scandals.

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    • It’s a super-rough situation, to be married to someone who is doing these things and whose friends are. I agree, you have to freeze somehow to put up with it. But I wouldn’t call that enabling and dismissing — just being really stuck and having to go into deep denial.

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      • “But I wouldn’t call that enabling and dismissing — just being really stuck and having to go into deep denial.”

        Going into deep denial so that you don’t leave is enabling.

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      • People can always get divorced. I’d never stay married to a rapist or a pedophile. And I’m not a rich and powerful woman. Gosh, I left my first husband because of something incomparably smaller. And that meant going into actual penury for me at that time.

        But you know, these are rich people. They have a completely different kind of morality. To them, anybody not in their circle is equal in importance to a bug. Literally.

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        • Well, down here in the oilfields women don’t necessarily have anywhere to go AND the thing is that everyone has been socialized not to believe, or to say it wasn’t really rape, or that it could not really have been him, and so on. …And it’s frustrating, sure. When I left someone because of emotional abuse, I consulted the domestic violence center because I needed support / reality check. They had trouble believing I would really leave, because so few do. …I’m not convinced that, even if rich, it’s money that makes people stay…

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  2. Shakti on said:

    What I don’t understand is how that Shakesville woman justifies her puritan outrage at Aziz Ansari while turning a complete blind eye to Hillary’s…. enabling and dismissing far worse sex scandals
    You still read Shakesville?

    People make a distinction between enabling*/not knowing and actually causing the scandal. It might be a thin distinction but it’s there. And with Huma, it’s her (ex) husband who is the sex offender.

    This is also why they will bury Larry Nassar and Jerry Sandusky under the jail, but the university officials who turned a blind eye and Joe Paterno are not in jail or at best are serving a slap on the wrist sentence.

    Harvey Weinstein, Steve Wynn, and Bill Cosby are free men. You can hardly go after their ex/wives for what they knew/didn’t know/enabled while that’s still true.

    Blech.

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    • “You still read Shakesville?”

      It’s a weird combination of schadenfreude, whistling past the graveyard and guilty pleasure…

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      • I read it. It’s very well-written. She’s a gifted person. Unfortunately, there’s no content in this great form but hey, most people have neither one or the other.

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        • “She’s a gifted person. Unfortunately, there’s no content in this great form ”

          She is a very good writer (sometimes excellent) but there are too many third wave ideological non-negotiables (like the idea that any sex accuser has to be believed, Hillary can do no wrong) that a lot of the content ends of being toxic sludge rather than anything that’s useful for other people.

          I also like the dog/cat pictures though I imagine that’s not an attraction for you.

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          • I do like the green sofa picture, though. 🙂

            The comments I avoid altogether because when people with no gift for writing begin to reproduce the very not profound ideas, it does, indeed, sound like total crap.

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            • Shakti on said:

              The commenter rules would stifle most writers, talented or not. Her commenter quantity and quality is down from what it was but she has other bigger platforms from which to publish.

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  3. Stringer Bell on said:

    The guy’s official position was ‘Faith Advisor’. Talk about neoliberal hell.

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  4. Dreidel on said:

    “The guy’s official position was ‘Faith advisor.'”

    The title is hypocritical and inaccurate. The position has nothing to do with religious conviction or “faith.” It refers to a campaign staffer who introduces Democratic politicians to influential religious figures and donors, and who helps the politician craft language and policies that appeal to them.

    Republican candidates don’t need “faith consultants.” The Repubs may be hypocrites, but they already speak the language.

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