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Some of Us Are More Equal Than Others Of Us

Fox News reports that Democrats have “crossed the line” by posting videos of the homes of Ohio Rep. Jim Renacci and Wisconsin Rep. Reid Ribble, online.

However, if there ever was a line between vulgarity, violations of personal privacy, mendacity and acceptable campaigning, the Democratic Party leadership and its media minions tread it into oblivion long ago. The videos are another example of the class warfare relentlessly waged by Barack Obama.

The point of the house postings is to identify Republicans as “the rich and privileged,” out of touch with the electorate they claim to represent.

If that is the narrative, the Democrats have a problem.

Seven of the 10 wealthiest members of Congress are Democrats, according to a study by the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics. The seven are members of the 1% so maligned by the Democrats and their Occupy allies. But don’t expect the MSM to identify those seven Democrats as charter members of the 1% club any time soon. The CRP study has been around since November of 2011.

Not that there is anything wrong with being rich. It is the hypocrisy that bites.

I don’t recall Republicans posting pictures of Nancy Pelosi’s mansion or Jay Rockefeller’s palatial abodes. Democrat wealth is clearly different than Republican wealth.  As for the president, he has obviously decreed that rich Democrats get a waiver.


1 Bob Mack { 07.17.12 at 10:06 am }

“I don’t recall Republicans posting pictures of Nancy Pelosi’s mansion or Jay Rockefeller’s palatial abodes.”

Or Hanoi John Kerry’s yacht. Or a graph of Harry Reid’s rise from humble beginnings to substantial wealth when the only thing he has ever produced in his entire sorry career is poor legislation.


2 George Archibald { 07.17.12 at 11:51 am }

As the news reporter responsible for getting The Washington Times to publish a picture of the luxurious Washington-area home of the late U.S. Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., in 1986, I come to the defense of news organizations who point out the private lifestyles of elected politicians in Congress, for whatever reason, so that people can make up their own minds.
In the case of Senator Robert Byrd, who was known as “Mr. Pork-Barrel” because he spent a life in Congress bringing home taxpayer-funded goodies to his state, including magnificent interstate highways and federal government buildings, he actually never owned a personal residence in West Virginia all the time he represented the state but simply shared a double-wide house trailer with a relative that he called his residence every six years that he came up for re-election. But he did own and maintain a lovely home valued at more than $1-million in McLean, Virginia, off the George Washington Parkway near the U.S. Capitol, where he and his wife actually lived year-round, and he was transported to-and-from the U.S. Capitol each day by a Senate-provided limousine and driver.
The story made a point that Senator Byrd was not actually a home-owning resident of his own state of West Virginia, but the voters always re-elected him by wide margins anyway because they liked the way he brought home the bacon.
So your point in opposition to Democrats pointing the finger at Reps. Renacci and Ribble, and saying that they have “crossed the line” by noting their luxurious homes, I believe is off the mark, unless you want to blame me and The Washington Times for having done the same thing regarding Democratic Majority Leader Robert Byrd some 35 years ago.


3 Marcia { 07.17.12 at 1:12 pm }

Thanks for your comment, George. However, I must point out it was Fox News who said the picture postings ”crossed the line.” My comment was that there is no line left to cross since this president and his media acolytes obliterated it long ago.
I did not recall your Sen. Byrd coverage of 36 years ago, but knowing your work and the Times I am quite certain it was not intended as a weapon in a campaign of class warfare. Your defense of “news organizations” is kind but unwarranted. Even then, neither you nor the Times can be said to have been representative of the coverage they provided. In any case, I think you will agree that my memory lapse does not obscure the larger point of the post.


4 Jeff Edelman { 07.17.12 at 10:25 pm }

The democrats live in a glass house built by a complicit, sycophant media. It is a glass made of lies and a failed, evil ideology. The tragedy is the Republicans don’t have the brains or the balls to shatter it and toss the slivers onto the “dustbin of history,” as The Gipper would say.


5 Michael Moore { 02.28.13 at 6:23 am }

It’s a sad commentary on the state of the populace thought processes that ‘think tank’ websites like this fully expect to lynch people by proxy by expounding the drivel (right OR left) that is the adult incarnation of the clique mentality of teenage girls who never mature or the playground bully-worshippers who really need to be needed by the big guys. Talk about your sycophants! Thankfully, only a handful of those who can read will see this site, which saves us from the mob mentality of lynchings and burnings that you would like to foster, despite how civilized you may profess to be. To quote Neil Young: “You’re all just pissing in the wind!”


6 Marcia { 03.01.13 at 9:35 am }

Thank you for your comment. We believe in free speech even when it disagrees and/or is disagreeable. We regret that you did not marshal any facts to support your angst. Incoherent name-calling is not discussion. However, we think you should know that you set a record of sorts. Your comment contains the only 60+ word sentence ever submitted.


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