Republicans have made headlines this year by demanding that people collecting unemployment benefits and public assistance be subject to drug testing. Now Iowa Republican state senator Mark Chelgren (Ottumwa) proposed Thursday that people who receive child support payments should also be drug tested if the person paying the support requests it, according to a report at Think Progress.
Chelgren submitted the measure as an amendment to a budget bill currently before the Iowa state senate. He claims the idea for the proposal came from an unidentified constituent who was concerned that his ex wife was using child support money to buy drugs.
[…] The Des Moines Register‘s “Iowa Politics” blog reports that the proposal was met by hoots of derision and open laughter by some Democrats. Sen. Jack Hatch (D-Des Moines) decried the measure as anti-woman and warned that it could be easily abused in acrimonious divorces by “vindictive spouses.”
Yes, exactly. Not that there’s ever been an acrimonious divorce or a vindictive ex-husband.
In case anyone needed to be reminded of Gingrich’s outrageous hypocrisy, ABC helpfully spliced in footage of the then-adulterous speaker, in a breathtaking feat of compartmentalization, pursuing the impeachment of Bill Clinton for arguably less egregious behavior, denouncing the Clinton-Gore administration as having “less moral authority than any administration in history,” and continually defending the sanctity of marriage as a political talking point.
But, you see, none of that matters to the GOP base because… lamestream media!
Margaret Carlson’s view is closer to Grove’s but still she isn’t sure the interview will do Gingrich much damage:
Newt was not polling well among evangelical women before Marianne’s revelations, and surely won’t now. But he makes up for it with his surge among men in a state where divorce is not unheard of, despite the fact that 60 percent of Republican voters identify themselves as Christian conservatives. Residents of South Carolina divorce at a rate twice as high as for that den of iniquity, Washington, D.C. Many fewer people divorce in the bluest of states, Massachusetts, than in the Palmetto State, according to the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics.
Ah, okay. Sanctity of marriage means one man and one woman being able to marry and divorce numerous times. I just hope evangelical conservative wives are ready for their husbands to announce how they’d like an open marriage too.
According to the GOP base, adulterous behavior and grandiose hypocrisy appear to be great personal attributes in a leader. The SIN is for the media to report it (if the adulterer is a Republican that is).